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Idle Worship – Cars R Us

Friday, March 27th, 2009

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Remember my big Eco-Peeve – Idling Cars? You can see my former post below. Well, not too much has changed this year – we like our temperature controlled metal hide-outs as much as ever.

Even in the cool, comfortable weather, I see cars – and their drivers – at schools, outside stores and  in parking lots, windows up, idling to their hearts content. Summer heat will bring more of it – a lot more – and it looks like I’m not the only one who is asking us to shut down and get out. Here’s is a letter from a 4th grader, published in her school newsletter:

“Since global warming is getting so bad, North Carolina should be on of the states to help. It should be illegal in NC to idle your car for more than one minute. Here’s why:

Even 10 seconds of idling can use more gas than turning off the engine and restarting it.
For every two minutes of idling, a car uses about the same amount of fuel it takes to go about one mile.
Idling your car creates toxic fumes and gasses that are bad for our health and for the planet.

So please turn off your car when picking up children, or anywhere, even if you’re sitting for more than sixty seconds!”
Emma Hulbert, 4th grade.

Have to wait in your car? Consider shutting off and opening the windows. Have to stop to make a phone call or eat a snack? Get out of your car, find some shade, feel the breeze, sweat a little if you have to – it’s all part of a days work.

If nothing else, do it for Emma.

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