Skip to comments.Crushing People Into Tight Housing Won't Cut CO2 Levels
Posted on 02/26/2014 6:56:41 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
'Smart growth" projects across the country aim to jam people into high-density housing near mass transit systems.
Proponents think this will make people abandon their automobiles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But new research shows "stack-and-pack" housing is an ineffective way to reduce carbon dioxide levels.
Researchers at the University of California Energy and Resources Group in Berkeley used Census, weather, economic and transportation data 37 variables in total to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from the energy, transportation, food, goods and services consumed by U.S. households.
They calculated "household carbon footprints" for more than 31,000 U.S. ZIP codes (of approximately 43,000 total) in all 50 states and found that a "10-fold increase in population density in central cities yields only a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."
In other words, the number of people living in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and New York would have to increase 10 times from 1.5 million in Philadelphia, for example, to 15 million to yield a 25% reduction in CO2.
As the study's co-author, Christopher Jones, put it: "(A 10-fold increase) would require a really extraordinary transformation for very little benefit."
Stack-and-pack living is a blueprint for misery in urban America. Few people would want to live in such conditions. Yet this is exactly the vision that smart-growth advocates and their political allies are pushing.
For example, the regional smart-growth plan for the San Francisco Bay Area, approved last summer, calls for jamming an additional 2 million people into just 5% of the Bay Area's land over the next 27 years.
Similar plans exist, or are being discussed, in metro Chicago, El Paso, Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Agenda 21 here we come....
This is nothing new. I have several decade old pictures of East Berlin to prove it.
Forget the housing aspect — just get big rocks and crush the people. That should fix the problem. It’s all about population control.
But stack-n-pack with public transportation does enhance control of the population while/by lessening its mobility and keeping folks all together where the local commissars can keep them all more easily under their thumbs.
Can someone explain this to me? How do they get these people into the apartments? Steal their property? Or are they poor people? I’m seriously undereducated in this.
Da Tovarisch, pack everyone into Soviet style apartment blocks, 3 families into 10 foot by 10 foot apartment.
Scientific Socialism under Party Secretary Obama will out-do Cabrini Green, and make much greater Socialist Workers’ Paradise!
They use all means available. Make it more expensive to live outside cities. EPA on wood stoves, auto gas,... Exit taxes in cities...
Funny, more people in cities just happens to mean more ‘Rats in congress
What do you think generally happens long term to these densely populated areas? They grow and become beautiful places to live and raise children, or they decay and resemble the projects?
Wait, here is even a “gubbermint” expert telling us this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2636191/
Yes, but making people move to huge, overpopulated cities, live in tiny rabbit hutches, and taking away their guns and automobiles will make it far easier to control them...every leftist’s dream. Along with eliminating people who don’t think the way they do. Inside the breast of every leftist beats the heart of a wouldbe Stalin.
I guess coming to a suburb near me. I’ve got a wood stove.
They pass so many regulations and increase taxes so much that people can’t afford anything but small apartments and public transportation. Have you ever watched House Hunters International on HGTV? People pay a million dollars or more for old, cramped apartments and have to walk everywhere. Come to think of it, that sounds like NYC.
Reminds one of the scene in Dr. Zhivago where the Commie tells the doctor that his house is too big for just one family and that they brought in a bunch of people to “share” it.
I’m always amazed by the leftists’ desire to control everything, and in the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.
Heh - I just realized that’d make a pretty good new tagline.
Whoops, try that again...
People love old houses in NYC. They also love to walk which is why, like many residents of big cities, they are usually slimmer than those of us who use cars.
But it is their choice to buy old, cramped apartments. It looks like that will soon be changing.