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Re: E-M:/ seeking help on air emmission question

Enviro-Mich message from Charles Griffith <charlesg@ecocenter.org>

A gallon of gas weighs just over 6 pounds.  When burned, the carbon 
in it combines with oxygen to form 19 pounds of CO2.  But, if you 
count the energy that went into making and distributing the fuel, the 
total global warming impact is about 28 pounds of C02/ gallon.

I don't have the emission amounts in pounds for the traditional 
pollutants (CO, HC, PM), but these would much smaller (ounces).

Charles Griffith
Ecology Center

At 3:23 PM -0500 4/1/02, Miller, Gayle wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from "Miller, Gayle" <MILLERG@CLINTON-COUNTY.ORG>
>Can anyone provide me with a simple explanation of how a gallon of gasoline
>converts to 20 pounds of air emmissions? The 20 pound figure is commonly
>used as an average amount of air pollutants produced by burning a single
>gallon of gasoline.
>I used this figure in a recent publication, and I have a citizen who simply
>can't understand how 6 pounds of liquid can be converted to 20 pounds of air
>emmissions (frankly, I can't either). I've found all sorts of technical
>information and mathmatical equations on how this works, but it makes little
>sense to a lay person. I need a simple explanation (that will satisfy a
>gentleman who thinks that plants give off carbon dioxide). Any help you can
>provide would be appreciated!
>Gayle Miller
>Acting Waste Mgt. Coordinator
>Clinton County Dept. of Waste Management
>100 E. State St., Suite 2700
>St. Johns, MI 48879
>(989) 224-5187
>This message has been prepared on resources owned by Clinton County, MI. It
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>Clinton County.


Charles Griffith, Auto Project Director
Ecology Center                                              
117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Ph: 734/663-2400, x116  /-2414  fx.       
Email:  charlesg@ecocenter.org

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