How do we show the effects of engine idling?

George Pakenham, Professor Karl Storchmann, and I continue to ratchet down on idling from our different vantage points.    In my work I have often explored the question of how to render that which is invisible to the unassisted human vision system visible.

Would people shut their engines if they could see the by-products from their gasoline engines?  What if they could see the heat they were generating?

NYC has about 5,100 legally operating food trucks which generate $15 million dollars in taxes.  That’s about 5,000 fossil fuel fired, air-polluting, climate warmers running 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year in New York City alone.

In the United States there are approximately 3 million food trucks burning kerosene, natural gas (hello, it’s methane which comes from decomposing plant matter), propane, and/or gasoline.     That’s a fair number of street level emitters of particulate matter, unburned hydrocarbons, and a whole batch of complex compounds in aerosol, vapor, or otherwise respirable form and heating up the place at the same time.    Plus there is an entire supply chain of high-carbon footprint activities necessary to get that fossil fuel into the tank.

Then there are small engines of many types, buses, and trucks.    Same set of parameters but they burn even more fossil fuel. Instead of 3 million units, there are approximately 253,000,000 cars alone in the United States and around 1,200,000,000 (billion) cars in the world.

That’s a lot of engines, venting approximately 19 pounds of heat trapping carbon products per gallon at the tailpipe.   Somehow we both need and find a million barrels a year more to fuel our lives.  At this point at least 95 million barrels of oil a day is being consumed.   If you are interested (and you should be) that’s about 42 gallons per barrel of oil.

So in addition to thinking about the harmful chemicals  emitted by gasoline engines (idling and otherwise) that we are all breathing, this new InfraRed imaging camera has me starting to consider how much energy is wasted by the more than a billion automobiles, every day.

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Until we come up with a way to change human behavior we are going to have even more people operating their vehicles longer than necessary.   Given the statistics released by the World Health Organization, our love affair with the things we need/want (cars, energy, money, and shiny new things) is literally killing us all.

Kind of a whacky  predicament  for a bunch of otherwise smart people to be in, isn’t it?

Watch this Documentary: Why We Fight

There is a powerful documentary from 2005 called “Why We Fight.” I urge you to watch it, especially if you are curious about how the politics of war in the US operate. Below is a trailer:

To summarize what I found educational about this film is that is shows you how big of a corporate business our war is in America. It elaborates on the strategies in the war on Iraq and wars today. In relation to environmentalism, it talks about how they use resources and develop weaponry for MASSIVE profit.

I saw that the actual film can be watched section to section on YouTube or rented through Netflix DVD )

A Many More Idlers Idly Idling By

It appears that what our professor, Peter Terezakis, said the first week of class was true. At least it was true for me. Ever since Peter discussed how frequently he notices cars illegally idling on the streets throughout New York City, I have had difficulty not noticing the same thing. Often times, I cannot top to take a photo as I am running to my next destination, but the amount of photos I have do not nearly do this crime justice. Of course, this happens in other areas around the country, but for me, New York feels large enough to take in as it is. Over the past week, I’ve felt like I’ve had eagle vision. Even when I don’t pay attention to cars idling, I will still notice and it feels like the number of cars are increasing everyday. How comforting ignorance of this crime must be… I have also been telling friends and family about the new bill proposed by George Packenham as well as his documentary, Idle Threat. It is nothing short of imperative that this bill be passed. 13491 521283155952128

Deceit & Carbon Receipts

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This tweet was deleted soon after it was posted, where Trump then denied all claims made about the “concept” of global warming

The Trump political platform maintains several frightening stances surrounding the treatment of the environment in tangent with economic growth. The Republican candidate’s stand on environmental issues falls in line with the typical trends of his party’s general position, but takes the ignorance and deceit to a level on par with that of Big Brother and the Ministry of Truth within Orwell’s 1984.

In a true dystopian fashion, what does not appeal to his business plan or that which he (most likely) does not understand is side stepped and discredited, almost to the point of nonexistence. To this extreme, Trump claims to promote clean air and clean water while simultaneously discrediting the EPA. His support of the coal industry and the jobs within it promote “more fossil fuels, fewer rules.” While his general position of anti- climate regulation falls in line with what can be generally expected, the level of ignorance on his behalf is appalling. When prodded, he claims to have his environmental stance aimed towards “clean air and clean water,” but maintains this goal can be reached while simultaneously deregulating previous efforts and increasing the fossil fuel reliance.  His use of short, clear phrases–truthful or not– are what allow people to buy into his campaign.

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Lies on Lies on Lies

Trump facts vs. True facts

During last night’s debate, Trump contradicted himself on the topic of global warming. Clinton calls him out.

This ties into the theme we saw in George Orwell’s 1984. The slogan of “ignorance is strength,” that is reinforced in a dystopian community. The juxtaposition of war equals peace and freedom equals slavery, brainwashes the citizens into following the leading Party without question. Similar to the population of voters rooting for Trump.

If Trump wins the election, his ignorance and lack of truth and care about global warming and the environment will manifest into an increase of utmost harm for our Earth. He is similar to other climate deniers whom convince people that warming will help the environment. He is contradicting the past/present facts that show the short future of the environment. Like Big Brother in 1984, this contradiction allows the Party to keep existing but is in no way healthy to its community. The enforcement of ignorance is something that we find as a similarity between the book and Trump’s word.

The fight for healthy environmentalism is an ongoing battle, that not only the deals with the world we see but also the words we hear.

Deceit and Carbon Receipts

The Trump political platform maintains several frightening stances surrounding the treatment of the environment in tangent with economic growth. The Republican candidate’s stand on environmental issues falls in line with the typical trends of his party’s general position, but takes the ignorance and deceit to a level on par with that of Big Brother and the Ministry of Truth within Orwell’s 1984. In a true dystopian fashion, what does not appeal to his business plan or that which he (most likely) does not understand is side stepped and discredited, almost to the point of nonexistence. To this extreme,  Trump claims to promote clean air and clean water while simultaneously discrediting the EPA.  His support of the coal industry and the jobs within it promote “more fossil fuels, fewer rules.” While his general position of anti- climate regulation falls in line with what can be generally expected, the level of ignorance on his behalf is appalling. When prodded, he claims to have his environmental stance aimed towards “clean air and clean water”, but maintains that this goal can be reached while simultaneously deregulating previous  efforts and increasing the fossil fuel reliance.

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Deceit and Carbon Receipts

trump-global-warmingThe Trump political platform maintains several frightening stances surrounding the treatment of the environment in tangent with economic growth. The Republican candidate’s stand on environmental issues falls in line with the typical trends of his party’s general position, but takes the ignorance and deceit to a level on par with that of Big Brother and the Ministry of Truth within Orwell’s 1984. In a true dystopian fashion, what does not appeal to his business plan or that which he (most likely) does not understand is side stepped and discredited, almost to the point of nonexistence. To this extreme, Trump claims to promote clean air and clean water while simultaneously discrediting the EPA. His support of the coal industry and the jobs within it promote “more fossil fuels, fewer rules.” While his general position of anti- climate regulation falls in line with what can be generally expected, the level of ignorance on his behalf is appalling. When prodded, he claims to have his environmental stance aimed towards “clean air and clean water”, but maintains this goal can be reach while simultaneously deregulating previous sustainability efforts and increasing the fossil fuel reliance.

Big Brother is Watching

In last night’s debate, Hilary Clinton reminded the American Public that Donald Trump is just as deceptive as the NICPP when it comes to his denial of Climate change. In a recent Tweet, Mr. Trump outlined the issue of our warming climate as being “created by and for the Chinese”:

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We know from copious scientific evidence that Global Warming is not specific to any particular nation. (though some contribute more than others) It is an issue that faces the world at large and is hindered by people like Trump, who work to create doubt in order to protect corporate interest. This campaign of disinformation is exactly what needs to be stopped in order to make meaningful progress in climate related issues. Tedx contributor, Romain Lancombe, founder of the air quality startup “Plume Labs”, recently cited the need for a “collaborative economy” and “open access to information” in order to improve air quality. In last night’s debate, it was clear that one of the candidates was unconcerned, unaware, and perhaps even against this point of view. As a country, we should be aware of a 1984-like scenario, in which the government uses a scape-goat, i.e. China, to distract the public and unite them around a common, unseen, enemy. We do not have time, in the 21st century, to pretend like we have nothing to do with a problem that is inherently our own.

Tatiana eliminating Trump from this Presidential-Drag-Race:

Sachet-Away, Trump.

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