We have heard of climate deniers and chemical industry defenders, but now John Tierney of The New York Times joins the ranks of the Everything Deniers. In his recent piece entitled
"10 things to scratch from your worry list", Tierney tries to debunk some current issues that have consumers concerned. While his piece may have been written with tongue firmly planted in cheek, it is already making the rounds of the web with introductions like "The New York Times give you the lowdown on ten things that you shouldn't bother worrying about on your vacation."
Well be worried, very worried. This may all be a joke to Tierney, but the truth is some of these issues are areas of real concern and because of this piece, his misinformation will be quoted back to us in comments every time we write about any of these subjects for the next two years, as the word from The authoritative New York Times. To help push back against some of his inaccurate comments, we tackle a few:
What is worse: Driving with Windows Down and A/C Off or Windows Up with A/C On?
Tierney writes: "No matter how guilty you feel about your carbon footprint, you don't have to swelter on the highway to the beach. After doing tests at 65 miles per hour, the mileage experts at edmunds.com report that the aerodynamic drag from opening the windows cancels out any fuel savings from turning off the air-conditioner."
The small percentage between windows down or AC on is minuscule compared to the fact that you are in a car driving to the beach; if you feel guilty about your carbon footprint take the bus, this is a triviality. But if you want to consider this issue, it depends on your speed- at low speeds there is less aerodynamic drag. If you are in the usual stop-and-go traffic with everyone else going to the beach, then you use less fuel sweltering with the windows open. See our previous coverage on whether car windows up and AC on versus windows down is more efficient.
Read Living Editor Verena von Pfetten's response to Tierney's "10 Things To Scratch From Your Worry List" on the Huffington Post.