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Do people who drive have a high carbon footprint?

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    I got my first car insured 2 days ago and have been driving around in it for the last 2 days, so far stayed rather local and spent about £15 in petrol costs over a 2 day period.
    through driving I feel as though my carbon footprint had become a lot higher, subconsciously I feel as though I am contributing greatly in increasing harmful gases into the atmosphere,
    I think about all the fuel I'm burning when my foot is down no the gas and realize there are many many more motorists on the roads who also burn fuel in their cvars and how badly it must affect our atmosphere,

    Question I wanted to have answered really was how much higher (could be % wise) is it likely my carbon footprint has increased now i'm burning plenty of gas?
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    A fair bit probably, depending on your mileage.

    But in all reality, 1 extra person doing a few miles will make absolutely no difference to anything. It's not even worth considering.
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    There's millions of cars out there, so you're probably contributing a very small amount. However, add up each small amount from each car in the world and you have a high overall %.

    As Tesco says, "every little helps"
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    (Original post by Dan1909)
    A fair bit probably, depending on your mileage.

    But in all reality, 1 extra person doing a few miles will make absolutely no difference to anything. It's not even worth considering.
    I have driven a lot over the last 2 days, I just put £20 of petrol in the tank as I'll expect to use at least £20 tomorrow, then when I get more confident and drive further from home the more gas I will burn.
    1 person may not make such a difference but each motorist is the ''one person(who is considered to not make much a difference)'' so everyone combined = huge polluter



    (Original post by Corfate)
    There's millions of cars out there, so you're probably contributing a very small amount. However, add up each small amount from each car in the world and you have a high overall %.

    As Tesco says, "every little helps"
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    (Original post by Polo-)
    I have driven a lot over the last 2 days, I just put £20 of petrol in the tank as I'll expect to use at least £20 tomorrow, then when I get more confident and drive further from home the more gas I will burn.
    1 person may not make such a difference but each motorist is the ''one person(who is considered to not make much a difference)'' so everyone combined = huge polluter
    True, but that argument really doesn't work, as you driving doesn't suddenly convince a whole load more people to drive, so it really is just one more person, you.

    Plus I'm guessing you have a reason to be driving, unless you're just spending £20 a day for joyriding, then unless you want to stop doing whatever it is that driving is taking you to, there's not much alternative.
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    (Original post by Dan1909)
    True, but that argument really doesn't work, as you driving doesn't suddenly convince a whole load more people to drive, so it really is just one more person, you.

    Plus I'm guessing you have a reason to be driving, unless you're just spending £20 a day for joyriding, then unless you want to stop doing whatever it is that driving is taking you to, there's not much alternative.
    I think you may be right, my exhaust is very smoky to which could be making me over paranoid , thanks
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    What is a "carbon footprint" anyway?

    Are you talking about carbon build up on your cylinder head? If so, a decoke is a pretty simple procedure if you work methodically, but if you're running a modern car it shouldn't even be neccesary.
    If you're worried, a shot of injector cleaner in your tank and an "italian tune up" won't do any harm and may even allow you to claw back a few more bhp!
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    (Original post by JC.)
    What is a "carbon footprint" anyway?

    Are you talking about carbon build up on your cylinder head? If so, a decoke is a pretty simple procedure if you work methodically, but if you're running a modern car it shouldn't even be neccesary.
    If you're worried, a shot of injector cleaner in your tank and an "italian tune up" won't do any harm and may even allow you to claw back a few more bhp!
    Can't tell if serious...
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    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/au...han_buses.html

    ... data buried in a Government report, revealed that each passenger on a bus outside London is responsible for 184.33 g/km CO2. That is substantially higher than the emissions figure for the average new car bought in 2010 – 144.2 g/km CO2.
    Hardly an impartial source but the data still stands....
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    who gives a crap?
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    It's true. If you get on a bus outside of London then you actually have a higher carbon footprint (whatever that is) than a car driver. This assumes average bus occupancy vs single occupant of the car - if you have a passenger in your car then you are even more 'green'!
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    lol.
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    (Original post by Ghost)
    lol.
    Whats so funny?

    lol at your username

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