It’s vitally important to connect the dots, even as network television newsfails to mention climate change during its breathless reporting about how the last “1-in-500-year storm was just 18 months ago,” or that “downpours in Houston have doubled in the last 30 years.” Our reliance on fossil fuels for energy is ratcheting up the amount of heat trapped by our atmosphere, and that is warming the oceans as well as the air, causing increasing evaporation and heavier, more sustained downpours.
What does that have to do with diesel fuel, the subject of our latest (and as usual, seriously silly) Don’t Just Sit There — Do Something! episode? It may seem far removed, but, everything on spaceship Earth is connected to everything else. Diesel fuel is, of course, oil-based, and oil is a fossil fuel. As it turns out, diesel vehicles are responsible for 7% of the heat-trapping pollution we produce in the U.S. — and many thousands of respiratory, cardiovascular, and cancer health problems. Diesel sounds great if you’re talking about a football player, a wrestler, a gladiator, or a movie star, but as a fuel, it has the same complications as any other fossil fuel: climate and health problems. Which (hey, there’s an upside!) means that reducing diesel use is a double win.
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