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Worse Than Homeless

Even the American homeless emit twice as much carbon dioxide as the world average, the wastrels.  That’s the finding of a new report from MIT:

[T]he “floor” below which nobody in the U.S. can reach, no matter a person’s energy choices, turned out to be 8.5 tons, the class found. That was the emissions calculated for a homeless person who ate in soup kitchens and slept in homeless shelters.

As our own Steve Hayward pointed out in his recent WSJ piece, to reduce American emissions by 80 percent by 2050 with a reasonable guess at population of 400 million, that would mean an individual emission limit of 2.5 tons.  And you know what?  Switching over to twisty lightbulbs and driving Priuses isn’t likely to acheive that for the homeless…

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