The Vulcan Project

There are many reasons for transitioning out from a fossil fuels based economy (a conviction in climate change, foreign energy independence, etc) but nothing will happen until we’re able to identify what we can change.

Enter the The Vulcan Project. This joint NASA-Department of Energy project aims to provide detailed analysis of carbon emissions per each kilometer in the United States. According to Wired, the project has already drawn some controversy, since the northeast U.S. seems to be emitting less carbon than previously thought, while the coal-driven southeast produces more than previously thought. It would be pretty cool to map this to congressional districts, although we’d have to constantly adjust for gerrymandering, I’m sure.

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2 thoughts on “The Vulcan Project

  1. Fascinating. One of my courses in grad school made a big issue of the fact that business / industry was much, MUCH more of a carbon emissions issue than residential use. However, seeing how these emissions map to population density here, it’s making me want to take a 2nd look at my assumptions.

  2. Hi there Rachel, good to see you here. I hope they put together is a carbon emissions by congressional district, as I hinted. Hopefully a stack rank to follow and then we’ll see who makes moves to bring in cleantech v who tries to push the problem into someone else’s backyard (throw those bums out of office!)

    Then again it might just be naive wishful thinking!

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