Saturday, October 04, 2008

Is Soda Pop A Danger To The Environment?

In the year 2000 15 billion gallons of soda pop were sold in the USA. A 16 oz bottle of soda holds about 2.2 grams of CO2. So a gallon would hold 8X as much or 17.6 grams. So 15 billion gallons would hold 264 billion grams. Or 264 million kilograms. Or 264,000 metric tons. Or .264 million metric tons. In 2007 the USA released 5,984 million metric tons. So soft drinks represent .0044% of the USA's total CO2 output. Roughly. I'll bet even if you add in beer and champaign it doesn't amount to much. And if the sun is the real driver of climate and the heating and cooling of the oceans determines the amount of CO2 in the air, then all the CO2 the USA puts out still doesn't amount to much. At least as far as climate change is concerned.

1 comment:

LifeTrek said...

I'm far more concerned with the excess heat caused by man!

No, not AGW, but man himself -- a little energy conversion furnace!

In 1850 there were about 1.3 billion people in the world. Today there are about 6.5 billion.

Lets see, an 98.6° F for 5.2 billion people works out to an additional 512 billion degrees (rounding down) of body heat! The sun is what, 11,000°F on the surface, a mere drop in the 'heat bucket' in comparison.

In that time the AGW crowd says the temp has gone up .8°F.

Think about it those numbers are just as, if not more impressive, then the measly 0.000100 rise in CO2 concentration.

Ever had a party in the dead of winter and had the heat off AND the windows open because it just got so dang hot in the house from the 20 or so people there? Well, maybe we just need to open a window or something.

Just sayin' -- if they can pose theories based on speculation so can I, right? After all, I do agree with the greenies theory that there are just too many people.

Now can you get me a soda, I need to feel those dear sweet bubbles tickle my nose.