Originally Posted by myocean
One more thing for people who hate tree huggers:
Another manipulation of the facts to get the desired answer.
- Your average car goes thru upwards of 500 gallons per year vs 5-10 gallons for a typical small outboard
(full time cruisers are outliers in terms of usage). It's far more cost effective to implement pollution controls on cars as a result.
- Many of the "pollutants" are only an issue when concentrated. Cars are frequently operated in dense urban areas where their large numbers concentrate the emissions. Your typical outboard
use is on a quite lake where it disperses quickly having no significant impact.
- Then there is the confusing statement that large outboards are more efficient but would perform significantly worse...oddly, they don't provide these numbers but what I believe they are trying to say is a larger engine
burns more fuel
so they must produce more pollutants. Reality is large outboards are much closer to cars in the sense they have computer controlled electronic fuel
injection where as it's impractical on a 5hp, so they use traditional carbureted engines. Then again the larger the engine
, the less practical the electric
alternatives are, so they go vague rather than provide facts.
If we are going to discuss them, we have to define "tree hugger". In common usage, a "tree hugger" is someone who could care less about effectively helping the environment
as long as they can maintain the appearance of helping the environment
My job is heavily invested in improving the environment but only if it ACTUALLY improves the environment.
- I was the lead engineer
testing and evaluating the use of LED traffic signal heads for a large state that reduced electrical consumption
by 90% and with the electrical consumption
savings, we were able to pay for the higher cost of LED lights
in 3-4 months.
- I regularly conduct traffic signal optimization projects that reduce fuel consumption enough in 1 year to pay for the project
. The reduction in emissions is just a bonus.
If your goal is zero emissions, I suggest starting by selling the boat and getting the smallest 1 room apartment you can find. Then leave the air/con off no matter what and the heat only if it's a life threatening situation and make sure it is close enough to walk to work. Anything else and you have lots of room to improve your planet saving skills.