Monday Levity: Divorces worsen global warming

Save your marriage, save the planet!

Researchers in Michigan surveyed over 3200 households over five years and found that “increasing number of divorces are contributing to global warming”.

After divorce a woman moves out and forms a new household. The study by researchers at the Michigan State University found that this leads to less efficient use of natural resources, more demand for land for housing, and higher expenditure on utilities.[DNA]

What next? Studies suggesting that the breakdown of the Indian joint family system is contributing to global climate change? And the Western countries saying, yet again, “don’t repeat our mistakes”.

Related Link: A complete list of things caused by global warming. (via Cafe Hayek)

18 thoughts on “Monday Levity: Divorces worsen global warming”

  1. Honestly, if they start washing their butts instead of using toilet paper and use dirty linen to wipe kitchen countertops instead of paper and above all stop printing those abominable sale coupons, the earth will be saved. Dont even talk about Jeeps and Hummers.

  2. Sriram: that’s funny. The real culprit is not toilet paper though. It’s a combination of the Jeeps/Hummers/planes (66% of oil) and the horrendous coal-fired plants in Pennsylvania, Texas and some Southern states. California is clean by comparison (power generation is 45% natural gas, 30% renewable, 3% oil) – through the cars are just obscene. But not to worry – the democrats will push CAFE legislation that will squeeze the auto guys like nothing else before it.

    Just an aside: cars in India are quite pathetic on fuel consumption. The Maruti 800 used to give me 14 km/litre. For its size of engine and weight (no air bags, single person can carry it home) it should be more like 30 km/litre. The stop and go traffic doesn’t help.

  3. libertarian, I actually meant it seriously. The impact of washing your butt might be less, but its something everyone can do with minimal spending. Making fuel efficient cars require a lot of R&D spending.

    Cars in India are equally bad, but since Petrol is at a premium, people use cars less frequently and it makes up for fuel inefficiency. Average lease miles on a new car in US is about 12000 miles while in India people drive only half the same miles on an average. I’d say suburban living has made Americans drive more miles and to worsen it, they drive fuel inefficient cars.

  4. Sriram,

    Have you compared ecological costs of toilet paper against the ecological costs of using water? The latter is non-zero.

  5. Have you compared ecological costs of toilet paper against the ecological costs of using water? The latter is non-zero.

    Well, how about adding the human cost of cholera, typhoid, gastro-enteritis, etc., etc.?

  6. “How about adding the human cost of cholera, typhoid, gastro-enteritis”

    How about using both & feeling truly clean & dry 😉

    Seriously, how come the Americans don’t improve their public transport system ? Hummers & Large cars/trucks just to show off is very ignorant be it in U.S. or India.

  7. //What next? Studies suggesting that the breakdown of the Indian joint family system is contributing to global climate change? And the Western countries saying, yet again, “don’t repeat our mistakes”.//Well said.

  8. Guys, you have not obviously perused literature on a certain type of pleasure. I will desist from naming both the pleasure and the literature since this is a family blog. Suffice to say that a shower before the act is considered healthy. 🙂 So washing is healthier than wiping.

  9. Speaking of Jeeps and Hummers, any idea if the gas guzzler tax would be implemented for SUVs in 2008 model year?

  10. This must be the only time this blog has had the distinction of hosting a debate on personal hygiene (or, for that matter, toilet humour).

    Guys, you have not obviously perused literature on a certain type of pleasure.

    Now, this is a radical departure from even personal hygiene in general, to preparatory processes before certain biological necessities. I take it you refer to literature that indicates taking a bath before a meal enhances pleasure.

  11. Vishal: Seriously, how come the Americans don’t improve their public transport system?
    Killed by the oil, car and tire lobbies/companies. Also, Americans are more paranoid about safety – or should I say care more? – than almost anyone else. Example: I just had twins (+ a 3-year-old toddler – yes thanks in advance for the good wishes …). Our Lexus RX300 is not a small vehicle – we bought it thinking we were having one more kid. Now we need a minivan for 2 infant car seats and I toddler seat. In India and Europe we’d be quite set.
    Another issue: weight on the car from air-bags just about everywhere. Cars that are quite fine in Europe get hundreds of kilos added just for reinforcement and airbags.

    But CAFE’s on the way – as I said before.

  12. libertarian, public transport is quite good in major cities and I know people who use it simply to avoid the hassle of parking. As I said earlier, people that live in huge houses in suburbs are the ones to blame. They drive a lot of miles and usually drive alone. Public transport in suburbs is not feasible because the colder climes make it almost impossible to wait for a bus on the road.

  13. libertarian

    Congratulations. According to my calculations the amount of chaos is proportional to, at the least, the cube of the number of children.

  14. Nitin,

    one must measure chaos against at least four children before coming up with an aproximation to a polynomial of degree three. If you have done so, I applaud you. You are a strong, strong man.

  15. Aadisht

    Yes. Yes, there were four children. Fortunately, not all were mine 🙂 So it’s not necessary to be strong, strong. Merely strong will do.

  16. Nitin: your model may not account for twins in the mix 🙂 – I’m becoming a strong believer – based on minimal empirical evidence – that girls/women are from a different universe (not merely planet) than boys/men.

  17. Sriram: public transport is quite good in major cities and I know people who use it simply to avoid the hassle of parking
    Yes – agree – works nicely in Chicago, NY, Boston – older cities. The elephant in the room is California – 30M total vehicles: 5M on the road each day in the LA area and 3M in the Bay Area. It dwarfs everything else. It is truly the brainchild of the car, tire and oil companies. To put things in perspective – Delhi and NCR’s require power generating capacity of between 500-600MW to meet peak demand. Last summer, California required 50GW peak on one day. Solve California, and the US problem is 30% solved.

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