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Banning black cars to stop global warming? March 30, 2009

Posted by honestclimate in Discussions.
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Banning black cars to stop global warming?

New Scientist, March 27, 2009

News that California may ban the sale of black cars for climate protection reasons raised the hackles of many a petrolhead yesterday.

At the root of the stir was a presentation (pdf) by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB). The Cool Paints initiative suggests that the state should set a minimum level of reflectivity for all car paints and windows.

More reflective vehicles, goes the idea, could stay up to 10 °C cooler in the sunshine state – this in turn could reduce the need to have air conditioning on and thereby cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

However, as black paints can’t currently achieve this level, every cool dude’s favourite hue would effectively be banned. Motoring blogs lamented the end of consumer freedom to buy a car in their preferred colour, saying that “mud-puddle brown” could be the new black, as that’s what you get once you’ve added the reflective ingredients.

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1. Jeremy - March 30, 2009

Okay, that’s kind of funny, especially since most roads are black. The California government should go and paint all its roads white before it starts pointing the finger at motorists’ choice of colour.

2. tord askvig - March 30, 2009

Lately there has been much talk about added acidity in the oceans. This is the new topic.
If this is correct this a new ballgame
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