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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:08 PM
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In honor of Earth Day, take this test: What is your carbon footprint?
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 12:11 PM by Beaverhausen
http://www.bp.com/extendedsectiongenericarticle.do?cate...

Mine is 6 - the average is 18.83

:)

Here is another test- this one from the website for Al Gore's new documentary about global warming.

http://www.climatecrisis.net/index.html

I use 2400 - the average is 15000.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:14 PM
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1. Mine is 7. No solar energy used here, altho I have been trying to talk
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 12:23 PM by BrklynLiberal
my landlady into converting.


The other measure showed a lot worse:

8800 for my car, a 1996 Chevy mini van
5300 for my house, an apt in a two family house.
The total is therefore 14,100 which is average.

Don't know why the house usage was so high.
I assume the car is not very efficient, and it has very high mileage.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:28 PM
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3. Well, average is OK
and the 7 on the other test is great!
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:21 PM
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2. 19,900 on the Gore scale
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:32 PM
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4. I got 9 on the BP test
But 13,100 on Al's test. They asked for more relevant information. I happen to be taking two transatlantic flights this summer, to Singapore and Russia, which is highly unusual for me. (As in, has never happened before, may never happen again.)

Thanks for the links!
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laruemtt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:32 PM
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5. 8 on the BP one, and
4700 on Gore's.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:32 PM
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6. You beat me. Mine was 4900 on Al's scale. I think the air travel for
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 12:34 PM by glitch
business got me.

edit: very interesting, thanks for posting.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:33 PM
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7. 6 if i would upgrade my insulation,
windows, and heating/cooling system. not bad. way below on the gore scale also. now if i had about 15,000 dollars i could do all those things that needed to be done and i wouldn`t have to worry so much in the next few years when i "retire"
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:37 PM
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8. Here is another test: get out your utility bills for this one
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 12:38 PM by Beaverhausen
http://www.safeclimate.net/calculator /

Anyone care to get this on the front page? :hi:


edit: and yet another one!
http://www.carbonfootprint.com /

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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:39 PM
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9. Mine is 9...
bet it's the car :-(

I scored higher on Al Gore's because of two cross-country flights I took. :-(
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TheBaldyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:44 PM
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10. I use 3 tonnes per annum vs UK average 9.8 tonnes !
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 12:49 PM by TheBaldyMan
and I am going to vote Green in the local elections in May.

by the Gore scale I'd expect to use about 5000lbs (30% of average) if I was American

it actually rates me as 2300.

Apparently it's air travel and gas guzzlers that make your rating suck.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:44 PM
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11. Mine is 9 --
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 12:48 PM by SmokingJacket
Unfortunately, I have an old, poorly insulated house and use no green technologies at all -- hope to, soon, though. Don't travel much, though, so that makes up for it somewhat.

3,000 on Al Gore's --
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Sammy Pepys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:46 PM
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12. Wow, I got 13.
I thought my rare use of a car would help me out there.....
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:53 PM
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13. 5.2 but I'm semi retired and work at home.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:54 PM
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14. I got a nineteen
On the plus side, I don't generate much smug.

:sarcasm:
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:57 PM
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15. What you can do to reduce your emissions
No, not THOSE emissions!

http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction.html

"There are numerous ways you can reduce your emissions through the choices and purchases you make everyday. After reducing your emissions, you may want to do even more. Purchasing carbon offsets can neutralize the effects of your carbon emissions by helping to pay for projects that reduce or remove emissions elsewhere. "
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 12:58 PM
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16. Holy shit, mine was 4
I knew I was a miser, but that's a little ridiculous.

It was confirmed by the second one, 3400.

I should give lessons...

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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 01:01 PM
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17. WOW!!! good job
:woohoo:

Do you have a car and if so what is it? I have a Prius and a short commute- I think that's why my number is so low.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 01:08 PM
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18. I have a 4 cylinder econobox
but not a hybrid. My other car is an electric scooter.

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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 01:19 PM
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19. Dude! I scored a 12
I expected mine to be higher.
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All50inBlue Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 01:22 PM
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20. hmmmm...
22 tonnes?
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 01:34 PM
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21. Got a 9
I have all energy efficient appliances and light bulbs in my apartment and drive a Prius. The problem is that I drive the Prius 30,000 miles per year because I commute 40 minutes to and from work every day.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 01:37 PM
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22. 18,200
I'm keeping up my end. We need you slackers to use more carbon.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 02:17 PM
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23. Kick
we are doing pretty well so far. Let's see more numbers!
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 02:22 PM
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24. I'm a six
I recycle almost everything, don't fly and probably only drive 1,000 miles a year. Still doesn't feel like enough....
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 02:22 PM
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25. 11 on the BP test
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 02:23 PM
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26. One ton here. :)
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 02:26 PM by Gregorian
And I could do way better if I even tried at all.

The test ignores important factors, though. But then it's BP. Maybe not.
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 02:44 PM
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27. 12...avg is 18.8.
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nonconformist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 02:44 PM
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28. My family of 4 got 13 on the BP test, 8200 on the other one
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 02:47 PM by nonconformist
Below average, but lots of room for improvement.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 04:32 PM
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29. Kick
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 07:14 PM
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30. kick again for the night crew
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