Do more people produce more C02?
Original post made by Responsible Resident on Apr 19, 2007
on Apr 19, 2007 at 3:26 pm
Not being an expert in statistics or whatever, I'd say your premise that more people means more CO2, while a truism, needs leavening. The problem might be stated as "What is the best way to house people without getting into questions of who has a right to live in one place or another?"
Urban living, with its encouragement of walking and mass transit, is probably much more efficient in greenhouse gas production than suburban living. When you can't get around by walking or taking the subway, you have to drive. That's inherently inefficient. When a store can't handle its business in bulk, as in a city location with lots of customers, that's got to be an inefficent way of doing things. Suburban living is a luxury that we can't afford.
on Apr 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm
IF we had decent mass transit. And we don't. We don't have space for it. We don't have money for it. We just have advocates of dense "transit oriented" housing who insist that the mass transit will magically appear if we pack enough people into a tight enough space.
Reality check: no matter how dense the housing, most of the occupants will still have cars. And although those people may have the best intentions to use mass transit--assuming they can find a job that is within a reasonable distance of a train station or near one of the few buslines in the area--as soon as they switch jobs or schools, those intentions will go by the wayside.
I agree with the original poster.
on Apr 20, 2007 at 2:04 pm
I like living in suburbia, especially in a town like ours that doesn't sprawl and where it's relatively easy to get to downtown or a shopping center without a car (I know those in Sharon Heights and Belle Haven will disagree), and to grow produce and flowers.
What really worries me is that those who promote higher density aren't also promoting the green spaces and supporting infrastructure to support it every step of the way. Without that infrastructure (transit, schools, parks, water) within our town, more CO2 will be spent transporting people and things longer distances to and fro. Even more energy will be expended with those vehicles stuck in our ever-worsening traffic.