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Tuesday’s Guardian and Journal Pioneer had stories on facing pages of climate activists blocking traffic to protest our high levels of carbon emissions. In Edmonton, a bridge was blocked at rush hour. In London, the government district was blocked.
One might wonder how many impatient drivers (is there another kind?) left their vehicles idling while they were waiting to move on. How many drove a different path, on smaller streets with more stops and starts, to avoid these blockages?
An idling vehicle is throwing carbon, and other guck, into the air while doing no valuable work. Stopping and starting is very wasteful of fuel, putting more junk into the air. While the protesters’ concern is very important, they are “fueling” around with a negative solution. One cannot “irony” the wrinkles out of a problem by adding to the problem.