Last week I sat minding my own business at an outside table at my favorite cafe, enjoying a perfectly brewed cup of shade-grown, organic coffee, when a delivery truck pulled up and the driver jumped out and left his truck spewing diesel particulants into the air and my coffee.
Later that afternoon, I visited Paul Newman's Westport restaurant, The Dressing Room, and I was giddy to see a sign posted near the delivery entrance that read, "Turn Engines Off. No Idling. No Exceptions."
Trust me, I do my best to keep CTGreenScene posts as objective as possible, because after all, this sort of needless polluting may not bother everyone the way it does me. But I'll bet even the most tolerant sort may think twice after learning that the EPA's a national idling program showed that:
Annually, over 1 billion gallons of diesel fuel is consumed from idling; and 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, 200,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen, and 5,000 tons of particulate matter is emitted.