The other day as I watched Rose immerse herself in watching a race on TV, I knew that there was a way to help stretch out our diminishing natural resources. But, of course, it would have a large economic impact on certain areas.
No, it's not a way to harness the energy generated by a bunch of teens jostling each other as they pass in the halls between classes (although that is something worth thinking a little bit about).
But would it really be a bad thing if all kinds of car racing, at least those burning gasoline, were outlawed?
I can't begin to imagine how much high octane fuel is burned by these large number of cars going in circles for hundreds of miles. And there is also the massive pollution caused by all of the people driving, in heavy traffic, to get to these events.
It makes me sick to see all of these races on TV. And worse, Rose is now hooked on watching these things, with her Dad. And they even were part of a huge traffic jam when they went to the Daytona 500 in February. It just takes one event like this to make me feel so insignificant when I try to maximize the numbers of places that I go on a single trip (i.e.- minimizing total driving). Why bother?
But the backlash from everyone involved in things like this would be horrendous. I can't imagine the U.S. Congress having the backbone to make any major changes to help save the environment. This would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and our Carbon footprint at the same time. It would cost a significant amount of money. How so? There is the economic impact of all of those nutty people who actually go to these events (my daughter included)! And the drivers and all of the people that make the souvenirs, and those that sell them, etc. But, I bet, that overall it would save money too.
Maybe this should be the next blogging initiative (after Capitol Hill and Wall St. finish messing around with our savings). Should we start a petition to outlaw these polluting events? Let me know.
??????? Maybe we can make the world a better place for our children.