some people just don’t understand that it’s over

26 01 2008

Is there really still a market for these places?  Undoubtedly they’re intended as “second homes”–even with climate change, the northwest corner of Maine is a tough place to spend the winter.

New test for developers in Maine: climate change

Huge development around Moosehead Lake would create 500,000 tons of CO2 over 50 years, environmentalists say.


A plan to build thousands of new homes next to a lake in Maine’s north woods faces an environmental test that may one day challenge developers nationwide: What’s the carbon footprint of a new subdivision or land development?


At issue is not just the size of a development but the amount of driving it encourages. By being so far from major cities and accessible only by car, the Plum Creek project would produce, conservatively speaking, an additional 9,500 tons of emissions annually, according to the Environment Northeast study. That’s the equivalent of putting an extra 1,850 vehicles on the road.

“It’s our belief that we can’t meet the nation’s transportation goals for climate change just by improving automobile technology,” says Alan Caron, president of GrowSmart Maine, an antisprawl group that lobbies for compact urban planning and public transportation systems and helped sponsor the Plum Creek study. “You have to pay attention to where things are located.”




One response

28 01 2008

I’m glad somebody is admitting that simply increasing fuel efficiency isn’t the answer. Sure it helps, but if we don’t want to all be underwater by 2020, we’re going to have to do a lot more than get 40 mpg. I found this climate change map and it scared the bejesus out of me:

I live in San Francisco and I’ll be humming along to “Under the Sea” in short order if developers don’t start taking a more thorough look at the kind of impact they’re having.

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