World’s 15 Biggest Ships Create More Pollution Than All The Cars In The World

"Says James Corbett, professor of marine policy at the University of Delaware: “Ship pollution affects the health of communities in coastal and inland regions around the world, yet pollution from ships remains one of the least regulated parts of our global transportation system.” It sounds serious, but how bad could it be? Staggeringly, if a report by the UK’s Guardian newspaper is to be believed. According to their story, just one of the world’s largest container ships can emit about as much pollution as 50 million cars. Further, the 15 largest ships in the world emit as much nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide as the world’s 760 million cars.

The problem isn’t necessarily with the ships’ 109,000-horsepower engines that endlessly spin away 24 hours a day, 280 days a year. In fact, these powerplants are some of the most fuel efficient units in the world. The real issue lies with the heavy fuel oil the ships run on and the almost complete lack of regulations applied to the giant exhaust stacks of these container ships.

The good news is that pressure is building from various governments around the world, including the United States, which just recently introduced legislation to keep these ships at least 230 miles away from U.S. coastlines. Similar measures are likely to follow in other countries like the United Kingdom."[via]

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We should demand wind power for all ships. Return to the sail!


The problem with these ships is not only do they run on the dirtiest fuel, they call heavy oil but is ashphalt like sludge, but the cheap disposable trinkets we buy buy from China and the unfair trade practices that promote the bulk of their cargo. By the time each piece in an iPhone gets sent back and forth around the world for specialized assembly the phone has traveled the distance to the moon and back. This doesn't include shipping the raw materials that children and women and slaves mine to sustain their meeker existence.

The next time you look at a new car or truck remember that the few thousand that is for the high tech emissions crap that prevents us from doing a lot of our own repairs could be better spent to convert these monsters to burn cleaner fuel or clean NG if folks like Paul don't prevent it.
Isn't it ironic that the people in power are forcing globalization AND clean air. From this article, two diametrically opposed goals. Just like increased population and reduced energy consumption, Islam and gender neutral/gay /woman's rights.

What's the goal here, to make us all schizophrenic?


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