Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unintended Consequences

Another piece of legislation that is coming down the Federal pike is the proposed change in emissions limits by the EPA. It creates stricter pollution standards across all states, many of which are not even in compliance with existing standards. A graphic from the Los Angeles Times shows how this would affect the western United States.

What this has done is to immediately spotlight the issues around development, especially the construction activities that use millions of gallons of water on a project development, as well as the construction pollution, which would have to be accounted for under the new regulations. My guesstimate is that these construction emissions far exceed the possible greenhouse gas emissions of any traffic related to the project over its lifetime. Not to mention the water demands.

It's high time to start counting all of it.