I have two vehicles: a Honda SUV and a Dodge 2500 diesel pick-up truck. Between them, I have about 650 horsepower (HP) sitting in my driveway. My neighbor has three vehicles with a combined HP of 575 HP. Another neighbor has a single vehicle with 150 HP. Combined, we have about 1375 HP, or a household average of about 450 HP.
Stick with me here; the math won't hurt too much.
According to the 2010 US Census data, there are 131.7 million households in the US. If we extrapolate out the data, then we can determine that there is approximately 59,000 million HP (or 59 trillion HP) sitting around in the driveways of US citizens. What if we could take all of that power, focus it, and bring about a positive change in the climate?
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines, because now, we can!
When I sit in the driver's seat of my four wheeled chariot, I notice two things relevant to our discussion. First, the soft, hand-stitched top grain leather feels really good against my body. Okay, that wasn't really relevant to the discussion, but I wanted to mention it simply because I had a captive audience. The thing that is actually relevant is that there is a climate control panel not more than two feet from me. It's true! Wonder of wonders, vehicle manufacturers have actually seen fit to provide their customers with the power to control the climate right from the comfort of their form fitting, butt hugging, arm rest sporting, leather chair of awesomeness known as the driver's seat! God bless America (and to a greater extent our friends from Japan ).
But, alas! If you are like me (and really, no one is), you have scorned the full potential of this awesome power your entire life and have settled for exercising only a tiny fraction of the power given to you, limiting your climate control prowess to the confines of your vehicle. Oh, what a slothful, underachieving nation we have become. Shame on us all!
But redemption is neigh, for together, we have the power to demonstrate to the world of what we are truly made. Together, we can unite world opinion in one accord and all will know, once and for all time, the values we cherish and the strength of our ideas.
And now, the really awesome part!
This plan is to be implemented at precisely 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time on Monday, April 22, 2013 (appropriately known as Earth Day).
It is estimated that 80% of all vehicles sold in the US are equipped with air conditioning, and by definition, the power to control the climate. That is more than 47 trillion HP of climate controlling power sitting in the driveways of Americans across this (once?) great country.
At the appointed time, all air conditioning equipped vehicle owners are to start their vehicle engines and
When I did a test run of this concept, I decrease the air temperature by 30 degrees F in only three minutes. At this rate, we could plunge the Earth into a permanent ice age in a matter of minutes. Oh, the POWER!!!
And finally, for the efforts of myself and my countrymen, I say to the rest of the world, "You're welcome".
I can almost feel the collective chill already. Somebody get me a blanket. Stay cool, Chindogu.
Author's note: This Instructable was entered into the "Chindogu" challenge. Please research that term before commenting. Thanks.