Facts O Car: 2008 Nissan Armada O 28 gallons of gas /week 1,456 gallons / year O 12.9 metric tons of CO 2 emitted / year O 10.6 acres of U.S. forests are needed to sequester this amount of CO 2 O This is equivalent to the annual CO 2 emissions of: 2.7 passenger vehicles (20axle, 4 tires) 0.647 homes’ energy use 1.8 homes’ electricity use 30.1 barrels of oil
Comparison to overall U.S Data O Average annual CO 2 emissions of a passenger car is 5.1 metric tons (compared to 12.9) O More than half of CO 2 household emissions come from vehicles O Nissan: 14 MPG
U.S. Carbon Emissions O United States Environmental Protection Agency
Solutions O Switching to Minivan: 21 MPG O If you drive 15,000miles a year you save $1200 in gas. O Annually, switching from a 20 MPG vehicle to a 30 MPG vehicle saves you $903 dollars (assuming 15,000 miles of driving). O Filling the gas tank once a week will release 9.2 metric tons a year (already a reduction). O Increase of tax on cars that are inefficient, to cover the cost of CO 2 emission effects. O Tax on gas more efficient use of cars O Incentives to use public transportation
What you can do? O Drive Smart O Go easy on the gas pedals and breaks O Regular Tune-up O A well-maintained car is more efficient O Check your tires pressure regularly O Use public transportation O Save some money and times, especially in large cities.
Sources O EPA (U.S Environmental Protection Agency) O www.epa.gov O U.S Department of Energy O www.fueleconomy.com