比爾蓋茲的罪行

Bill Gates Uses 10,000 Times the Energy of the Average American.

很多人討厭(嫉妒、崇拜……)世界級富豪比爾蓋茲,我也不喜歡微軟的一大堆軟體,更討厭微軟的托拉斯作風。但這篇不是要講這個。

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Some Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students have begun to track the carbon footprint of different lifestyles in different nations. As you may have guessed, Americans don’t fare too well. Apparently, even the most power conscious yankees use at least twice the energy of the average person around the world. There is a oft-cited statistic that says if the entire globe used power like we do, we’d need five Earths to compensate for it. MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering Timothy Gutowski says, "Regardless of income, there is a certain floor below which the individual carbon footprint of a person in the U.S. will not drop."

一些麻省理工學院的學生檢測不同國家,不同生活型態的人們所製造的碳足跡。結果就如你所預料的,美國人果然名列前矛。顯而易見的是,即使最有節能意識的美國人,他們所消耗的能源仍然是全世界平均值的兩倍之多。所以常有人說:如果全球人類都像美國人這樣浪費,那得要有五個地球的資源才夠用,麻省理工學院機械工程系教授Timothy Gutowski 說:即使不考慮收入因素,美國人碳足跡降低的空間非常有限。

Because carbon footprint impact tends to rise with income, it may come as no surprise that the worst carbon criminals are the super-rich — Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey are specifically named. Perhaps more remarkable, however, are the numbers: the MIT folks estimated Bill Gates’ impact at 10,000 times the national average.

由於碳足跡與收入成正比,因此超級富豪比爾蓋茲、歐普拉製造出最多碳足跡的罪行就一點也不令人意外了。然而可怕的是:從數値來看,比爾蓋茲的碳足跡是全美國人平均值的一萬倍。

Bill, dude, easy on the AC, okay? We know it’s hot.

比爾老兄,少吹點冷氣好嗎?

[Source: TG Daily]

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