Global Warming - Mitigation is Not Feasible Essay

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Global Warming - Mitigation is Not Feasible

I am in the adaptation group, and I am trying to help my teammates by providing information on the greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation sector. I will provide facts that mitigation in transportation is a near failure. The whole purpose of my part in the group is to attack the opponent in the area of greenhouse gas emissions.

From the EPA, the major cause of rising global temperature, part of the climate change, is due to excessive greenhouse gas emissions. They will contribute to warm up the Earth’s atmosphere by absorbing radiation and altering the chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. 15,000 pounds of those are emitted annually per person in the US, for which
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The vehicle occupancy is directly related to how much greenhouse gas is emitted.

From the 19th edition of the “Transportation Energy Data Book,” published by the US Department of Energy, 0.916 pounds of carbon dioxide is emitted per vehicle per mile. The average annual passenger car mileage is near 12500 miles. Every passenger vehicle will produce 11450 pounds of CO2 annually. With 150 million passenger vehicles in the US, the US produces 1.7 trillion pounds of CO2 one year alone in the public transportation sector. Local governments try to reduce the emission by improving their public transportation systems, but they failed.

Many middle-class Americans commute to work, for more than 100 miles per trip, since they mainly live in the suburbs and exurbs. Public transportation work its best in city areas, but not in rural areas, since the low population density in the rural areas can’t provide enough passengers to supply the huge demand from public transport. People are not willing to wait for a long time and transfer rides for multiple times for their trips to work. As a result, the authorities withdraw the public transportation resources since they are losing money. Commuters end up being stuck in traffic jams during their trips to work, producing extra CO2.

There are many real life failures in the public transportation systems. From NY Times, members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of New

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