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#110 of 116 Re: life cycle analysis [dhanley]
Oct 27, 2006 (5:44 am)
It's the old 80/20 rule, 80% of the pollution comes from 20% of the cars, most likely the older ones with fewer emissions controls.
Some SULEVs and PZEVs are so clean they actually pollute less than the ambient air in a dirty metropolitan area.
#112 of 116 Re: Looking for the greenest cars? Look the the PZEVs here [larsb]
Feb 07, 2007 (10:24 am)
Interesting that the natural gas Civic outscores the hybrid.
#113 of 116 Re: life cycle analysis [edwardsf]
Feb 07, 2007 (11:51 am)
"Even rural poor who have the least options can carpool. "
Have you ever lived in a rural area? They work where they live (farming or ranching, in general). Why (and where) would they carpool? And when they do go to town, they need that big full sized pickup to haul back the supplies they need for the next couple of weeks - feed for the animals as well as people, plus the myriad other supplies needed for country life.
When working on the ranch/farm, they use that same large pickup to perform their work (unless they use a tractor for some things).
Besides, the population density is so low in rural areas that they have no pollution problems like we do in LA.
#114 of 116 Re: Looking for the greenest cars? Look the the PZEVs here [ateixeira]
Feb 07, 2007 (2:56 pm)
That Civic GX is the cleanest combustion engine in the vehicle world.
It releases fewer hydrocarbon pollutants when driven from LA to Washington DC than is released by spilling a single teaspoon of gasoline on the ground.
Read that again.
#115 of 116 Re: Looking for the greenest cars? Look the the PZEVs here [larsb]
Feb 07, 2007 (5:40 pm)
The key is gasoline is highly polluting in and of itself. So anything that burns gasoline is going to have the potential to pollute. Natural gas is much cleaner to start with. The cleanest and greenest would still be an electric car powered by the sun or nuclear. I would include the wind generators. However the latest I read is they are chopping up migratory birds and may have the duck lovers cutting them down.
#116 of 116 Re: Looking for the greenest cars? Look the the PZEVs here [larsb]
Feb 08, 2007 (8:53 am)
Too bad my gas company is evil. I've had 4 incorrect bills in the last 9 months, still unresolved.
I'd add a gas fireplace and expand gas usage if I felt like I could trust them at all.