$10M for cows, $0 for commuters

Can you imagine what the roads would be like with 50 million fewer cars on them every day?

It could happen if more people worked from home. Our research shows that 5 million Americans (not including home-based businesss owners) already work in their jammies. If the other 40% of workers who studies show could work from home actually did, traffic jams would evaporate. Collectively those workers would prevent 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from polluting our atmosphere and save 12 billion gallons of gas each year too –that’s the equivalent of 75% of our Persian Gulf imports.

Last week a Senate committee passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Boxer (D-Ca.) to overturned EPA’s attempts to block California and other states from creating stronger emission standards for vehicles. Apparently the EPA was prepared to grant the required Clean Air Act waiver, but the White House stepped in and it was denied. (On May 19, 2008 a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation concluded that the White House tampered with the EPA’s decision, if your wondering why the EPA would be against higher standards.) Anyway, as a result, things will be heating up for State policy-makers to do something about the number of cars on the road.

Telecommuting is the answer.

Curiously, in California–one of the worst traffic states in the nation–policy makers seem to have their heads, um, in the wrong place. The state has committed $10 million in funding to encourage farmers to contain and reuse, um, bovine emissions. While the methane produced by cows may have 21 times the global warming impact of CO2 produced by humans, cows don’t hold a candle to what we humans do to pollute the atmosphere.

We don’t mean to make a big stink here, but if we’re going to invest taxpayer money in trying to capture the stuff that emanates from both ends of a Holstein, why not invest in encouraging companies to retool their 2-legged, 4-wheeled global warming offenders?

For more about how working from home could help save the planet, do away with pantyhose and neckties, and add five weeks a year not commuting back to your life, visit our work-at-home research page where you’ll find information on the existing and potential impact of telecommuting for every region, county, and city in the country.

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