Environmental News Nugget: May 9, 2012

Austin Stahl | as506610@ohiou.edu | @AustinStahl24

In case you haven’t already, check out today’s professor piece on the science and misinformation of global warming and climate change here. In light of this, global warming will be the focus of today’s articles.

1. “State of Charge: Electric Vehicles’ Global Warming Emissions and Fuel-Cost Savings Across the United States

Choosing what vehicle to drive is one of the biggest determining factors of our carbon footprints. Switching over to an electric vehicle can led to a significant reduction in both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs. However, much of it depends of how the electricity for your vehicle is sourced. This report breaks down the power grids in the U.S. and crunches the numbers for electric cars in terms of emissions and fuel costs.

2. “Heartland Institute Jumps the Shark

The Heartland Institute, a conservative and libertarian think tank that tries to undermine climate science and environmental regulations, ran a billboard that equated believing in global warming to being a terrorist. The sign said “I Still Believe in Global Warming, Do You?” with a picture of the man infamously known as “The Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski. This witty column delves into the absurdity of the tactics and reasoning of this denialist group. Clearly, believing in science and global warming makes you a terrorist. Oh yeah, the Heartland President Joseph Bast didn’t apologize for the billboard either.

Here’s a picture of the billboard:

3. “Carbon Footprint Reduction

Lastly, here are some ways to reduce your carbon footprint.


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