Comment 106598

By notlloyd (registered) - website | Posted December 05, 2014 at 09:03:43 in reply to Comment 106596

Sorry, and I don't want to belabour this, I did not say that cars do not spew pollution. They do. So do lawnmowers, and campfires, and wood burning stoves and flatulence for that matter.

The issue of cars' effects on life is a macro issue. It is not a uni dimensional linear equation.

The question is, if the net benefit of cars is greater than the marginal costs, should we have cars?

Methane gas may end up being the most significant multiplier of the effects of global climate change. Should we stop farting? Of course not.

Maybe 94 people in Hamilton will die 5 years early because of cars. But maybe 519,906 people in Hamilton will live 15 years longer because we use cars. I did not mean that the study was wrong. I meant that it is only one part of the whole issue. Frankly I am relieved that cars shorten the life of only 94 people; I would have expected the numbers to be far higher.

Comment edited by notlloyd on 2014-12-05 09:53:22

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