Sunday, February 11, 2007
The winner will have to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of carbon gases a year from the atmosphere for 10 years—with $5 million of the prize being paid at the start and the remaining $20 million at the end.
Easy. Simply ban automatic cars, as I advised in 2005. Because automatic cars use around 5% more fuel than manual cars, that simple law would save 5,650,000,000 barrels of oil per year in the US alone (and be minimally disruptive in developing nations, where a greater proportion of vehicles are non-automatic). If each barrel contains 175 kilograms of carbon, we’re looking at an annual carbon reduction (US only) in the region of 988,750,000 metric tons.
(I think; could be more, could be less. I’m no math guy when in earth-lookerer-afterer mode. Anyone with numbers skillz is invited to submit more accurate figures.)
PayPal is to the left, Richard. Cheers.