As you can see in the chart below, my overall carbon dip (the black line) parallels the steep decline in gasoline usage (the blue line). However, the fact that the green line (flying) even exists is what keeps the black line positioned high.
Second-Lowest CO2 Output Since 2010: 6694 Lbs.
About That Flying
A "Silver-Medal" Year!
By driving electric! This year's acquisition of a Nissan LEAF made my gasoline car, a Honda Insight, uneeded.
You are reading correctly: I only used 30 gallons of gasoline in 2014...and that was for car rentals when traveling. The majority of that was in Hawaii and during he month in between working electric cars.:-) Also, a trip to Eastern WA.
Have I mentioned how much I love my Nissan LEAF?
But until we can figure out a better way to cross oceans- greener ways- I am kind of stuck. I refuse to stay in the USA all the time- and it is not like I go overseas all the time, either. In fact, my last trip to Europe was in 2007, and before that, China 1983. Both in 2007 and 1983 I "flew long and stayed long"
"Fly long,stay long" means getting as much value for your carbon spewing as possible by making your trip worthwhile- which to me is staying long enough to really practice the language, experience the culture and LEARN SOMETHING that makes me a better person and makes the world a better place.
England in particular this year involved meeting with other electric car advocates, doing some green car journalist and driving electric cars on the other side of the road. Including a TESLA! (See Blog Archives 2014- "UK Electric Highway" and "Driving on the Left...and I'll take a TESLA with That!")
I don't want to not travel. I DO try and do it with a purpose beyond silly tourism.
I REALLY WANT solar planes or, better yet, ship options that do NOT involve luxury cruises, which are even more wasteful and carbon intensive.
I am ALSO stuck being an only child who MUST occasionally show up in person to tend to my elderly & disabled mother- there is only so much I can oversee long-distance (See last chart on this post for more about that)
I ALSO REALLY WANT HIGH SPEED ELECTRIC RAIL IN THE USA, GDLDANGIT! That is one thing that Europe has that we don't and when you start experiencing the ease of that type of travel- in England, Germany, France, Denmark...you fall in love with it. (Note the addition of a train on the chart this year!)
But back to the GOOD STUFF from 2014:
Also, I have yet to cut a cat door in the door leading from the kitchen to their area in the basement, thus that door has been cracked open all year, letting basement drafts into the main floor where we live. That changes on FRI the day after tomorrow! Got the tools, got the kitty door!
(For those new to this blog who are curious as to what I did to drastically reduce my natural gas usage between 2009 and 2010. please visit Blog Archives 2010 "Smashing Gas Flat" :-
Lastly, About That Flying...And Mom...
However, I DO share my yearly kWh count... just not until I get my final bill, which doesn't arrive until mid January each year. See you then!
DEB GOES GREEN!
(I forget where I got this formula I will update post when I find it again)
Short haul <727.45 miles 0.64 lbs/mile
Med haul <2575 miles 0.44 lbs/mile
Long haul >2575 miles 0.39lbs/mile
1 gallon of gasoline = 19.4 pounds of C02
1 therm= 11.7 pounds of C0
1 kWh in Seattle= 0 pounds of CO2