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Idle warning for startup climate law

David Chaplin
Wed, 27 Oct 2021

Idle warning for startup climate law
Dinosaurs on display – climate change reporting is coming for big emitters. (Image: Depositphotos)
David Chaplin
Wed, 27 Oct 2021
About a dozen brand-new Mercedes sat purring unattended on the forecourt; fat-cat cars idling the day away.Idling myself, I walked on, reckoning the turned-on engine herd was some kind of luxury dealership opening ritual.But on my way back 30 minutes later, the beautifully tuned Mercs were still humming to themselves in harmony. According to the US Department of Energy, at-idle cars use almost two litres of petrol and release about 4.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide every hour.The above figures have been converted from US imperial measurement...

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