I'm leaving work on Friday - and I have to push my way through a group of fellow employees huddled around the cafeteria door.
They are laughing, joking and having a good time as they discuss their plans for the weekend.
As I walk through the parking lot I pass no fewer than six vehicles idling away with doors locked and no one inside.
Realizing I have forgotten my checkbook - I head back inside to retrieve it from my desk
Five minutes later - I am on my way back out - past the same crowd of idle chatters - past the same row of idling cars
My problem with this?
It's 46 degrees outside! - just how much "warming up" does a vehicle need?
Especially since the sun is shining bright - and when I get into my car - I have to open windows
My mechanic friends tell me that more than a minute of warming up is excessive -
even when it is COLD outside (46 does not constitute cold)
How much fuel is being wasted every day in this country simply because people don't want to get into a cold car and start driving?
What's wrong with burning gasoline for no other reason than your physical comfort for that first few minutes of driving time?
If the moral issue of wasting fuel and polluting the air more than necessary - while your children die in wars created to ensure that you have a ready supply of said fuel and global warming threatens to bring the world as we know it to a watery end doesn't bother you...
Then consider the good old rule of economics - supply and demand
Your waste - increases demand - which in turn drives up prices - FOR EVERYONE!
One of my coworkers told me - "I don't give a shit what anyone says, I aint going to get into a cold car in the morning!"
Well I have thought about this for a week and I have decided that I am not going to keep paying higher prices at the pump while others continue to waste gasoline like it didn't matter to anyone.
It does matter - to us all
So I am writing to my senators and congressmen to ask them to crack down on gasoline waste -
And to request that remote car starters be made illegal here in New York State
Please feel free to join me