Health & Environment

Commentary: Why Fewer and Fewer People Stroll the Waterfront With Me

Six mega yachts at Boston Yacht Haven (Photo by David Arnold)

They see magnificent luxury. I see giant carbon footprints. In this picture you see six luxury yachts. You don’t see their tanks of fuel totaling approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel (estimate provided by deckhands on two of the yachts). Nor do you see the handful who pay the big bucks for the big boat rides.

A burned gallon of diesel puts approximately 22 pounds of carbon dioxide in the air, which sticks around a long, long time. So one fill-up all around: 4,400,000 pounds of CO2, or 88,000 pounds per guest per tank even if these boats really had all of the 50 guests they can house. The average earthling adds 2,800 pounds carbon into the air – in a year.

CO2 planet-wide is increasing 3 percent annually, warming the atmosphere and thawing the ice at an increasing rate. Just because we can do this, does it make it OK?

(Related: The Boston Globe ran an August 4, 2013 front page article on Boston’s Rising Tide.)

6 Replies to “Commentary: Why Fewer and Fewer People Stroll the Waterfront With Me

  1. Please please lets just stop here just because you can’t afford one of them you got to start BS how about all the trains and trucks that bring you food and non food every day 24/7 should we stop that I would love. Your answer to my question but you know something I all ready have your answer its. ( NO. ) so until someone finds a different type of fule this is the best we can do for now
    y not make something that can be added on to catch it and change it in to a solid and at the end of the day empty it out to be recycled or make it safe to make it waste wouldn’t this be a better idea then just busting the B’s

    1. Huh? This article was about how much of an inordinate amount of fuel gets burned by these yachts to carry passengers around the harbor, not the cost/benefit ratio of food shipments. Also, maybe cut back on the stream of consciousness, it’s kind of hard to follow when we’re not in your head.

  2. Did Al Gore write this article?

    I for one love to walk over there to see the beautiful boats, not to complain about the carbon foot print

  3. If you want to take a harbor tour but don’t want to contribute to pollution, come take a ride on Boston’s only solar powered boat. The solar vessel “SunPlugged” gives hour long harbor tours, departing from Rowes Wharf behind the Boston Harbor Hotel.

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