Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Staying together for the trees

I always knew the fast growing number of divorces in this country were bad for the culture, but who knew divorce was bad for the environment?

An analysis of data on domestic relations and resource use in the U.S. and 11 other countries shows that divorce leads to more households – so more land gets built up and more building materials are used.

They concluded that in the U.S. circa 2000, there were about 6 million ‘‘extra’’ households due to divorce.

Worse yet, the households have fewer people in them. So on a per capita basis, divorced residents consume more goods, use more electricity and water, and thus contribute to the emission of more greenhouse gases than those whose marriages are intact.
Just think. Hollywood alone must do more to destroy the polar ice caps than all the SUVs sold by American auto makers in the last ten years. Forget fuel efficiency standards, let's have marriage counseling standards.

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