I watched the Al Gore “An Inconvenient Truth” movie last night and went to their site to try their carbon calculator. On theirs I Scored 11.3 at
the lowest which is considered to be far above the national average. 90% of the carbon showed up in that test simply because I lived in Florida (which
I assume relies on fossil fuels for energy generation), and because I owned a car. Trying other states such as NY, NJ or CA caused my emissions to
drop below 8 tons. The car is a small sports car at around 10K a year, primarily to get to work.
Here is the site in case you all want to try this as well. Carbon Calculator
They recommend that I offset my driving by buying green tickets.
Now here is the odd part, I go to your carbon calculator, which is put up by a Fuel company, and using basically the same information I end up at 8
tons, and well below the national average.
Therefore, do you folks think that these two interest groups at opposite end of the spectrum skew the results, or that one of these is more accurate
then the other?
I do have to admit that after playing with the one on Gores site, the only things that seemed to radically change my footprint were the state, number
of people in my household, and the mileage that I drove. The rest seemed like it did little to nothing. They of course want to sell green tickets to
build green projects. The BP one seemed to be more detailed in most ways, but since it has the potential to be slanted by a group that wants to sell
oil, I am not sure which to believe.
Try it and let me know what you all think…
Edit to add..
I tried the BP one again and left out all the energy saving stuff, that raised me up to 12 tons, so its only a few points off of gores site.
Here is the really funny bit though, Gores site says the national average tons should be 7.5, BP claims it is 18.58...
Bit of an unreasonable difference there, someone is spinning some.
[edit on 11/25/2006 by defcon5]