Do Potato Chips Have a Larger Carbon Footprint Than Cement?

April 10, 2010 by  
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A recent report from the Carbon Trust notes that there are ” more carbon emissions from crisps (potato chips) than cement .” Although it may be a surprising bit of news at first, it conceals the greater issue of scale. Undoubtedly though, someone is certain to rail against potato chips and argue that we don’t need to worry about cement production when snack foods are the bigger problem. While the Carbon Trust’s statement is factually correct from one perspective, as the famous saying goes, there are ” Lies, damned lies, and statistics “, so let’s talk about numbers a bit.

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Do Potato Chips Have a Larger Carbon Footprint Than Cement?

Amtrak On Course To Set Ridership Record This Year

April 8, 2010 by  
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Amtrak is on course to break its annual ridership record this year.  By the halfway point (their fiscal year starts in October), 13.6 million passengers have traveled on the rail system. Ridership for March 2010 was up 13.5 percent from March 2009 on its popular Acela line and five short-haul routes had double digit increases in the past six months too.  All this bodes well for the rail system’s request to Congress for a $446 million budget increase that would go towards upgrading to more fuel-efficient trains, possibly including GE’s diesel-electric rail cars.

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Amtrak On Course To Set Ridership Record This Year

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