Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Choking on the Diesel Fumes of the Recycling Truck

Enjoy the irony.

These two trucks were blocking the front entrance of WVU's college of B&E this morning. The blue truck appears to be diesel. Both of them were running idle. I saw nobody around, the drivers were likely inside the various buildings collecting the recycling bins (we hope). Remember that it is a myth that it uses less gas to run idle for a few minutes than to turn-off and restart your engine. They were also covering a handicap parking space.

For more on the economics of recycling, I refer you to this EconTalk podcast with Mike Munger.

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