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12.15.2007

If Green is the new Black, what does that make soot?

Modern media, TV, blogs and National Public Radio have been cleverly quoting celebrities and media "watchers" saying that "green is the new black."

Speaking of black and the Crystal River Nuke Plant, I was driving the Prius rental car back to Tallahassee yesterday (Tampa to Tallahassee round trip 51.3 mpg--turning off the cruise control increased miles per gallon by almost 7 mpg). There is a large RV park directly across the entrance to the Nuclear Power Plan on US Highway 19 (bumper sticker: Pray for Me, I drive on US 19). Why would anyone want to vacation or winter across from a nuke plant?

I realize, in listening to the Capital Report on the car radio, that I needn't be too smug about reducing my carbon footprint. I'm still burning fossil fuel and spewing tiny particles of soot into the air and creating black carbon. More commonly called "soot," it's what we think of being created by coal burning furnaces and large factories, however, black carbon is also created the the incomplete combustion of fossil fuel, wood and biomass.

Before I leave the Prius mpg completely, I was amused to read this post on the Australian MG owners' forum about his VY Acclaim (Commodore) sedan meeting a Prius owner at a local gas station outside of Melbourne.




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