I fully recognize and understand that my lawn mowers, tractor, RV, motorcycles (except the all electric one), and boat are extreme polluters. Having lived most of my life in the age of misinformation and indifference regarding human caused environmental damage, I’ve now lately come to understand just how bad things are. Believe me, I struggle mentally with this conflict all the time now, and it has actually led to depression. It is difficult for people to change their ways late in life, but I am trying to make adjustments little by little. Part of the problem is that due to humans procrastinating for so long on addressing environmental concerns, the products, energy sources, and infrastructure that we could use to do better are still in short supply or as yet are non existent.
I completely understand my brother. I really do.
I struggle being in my “sunset years” so to speak and depression lurks constantly.
And I didn’t mean that question to trap you.
Like I said I also am a big moto rider, everything from BMW’s to DR650’s.
And I make my living piloting probably the worlds biggest pollution emitting machine’s know to man.
Such recreational vehicles account for only a small fraction of the number of cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road.
Have you noticed that two-stroke outboard engines are nearly extinct and have been replaced by four-stroke engines with electronic fuel injection and catalytic converters?
Have you noticed that most motorcycles have had electronic fuel injection and catalytic converters for years - even Honda's little Grom does.
Of course Ive noticed Roger. Long ago too. Lol Ive been on motorcycles all my life. Road one from the Atlantic to the Pacific off pavement in fact. 5,300 miles.
But allegedly and unfortunately they still pollute more then cars. Especially motorized watercraft.
Boy I could tell you fellas some hair raising stories from the early 80’s when I worked on tugs.
Bilges pumped overboard
Sewage tanks pumped overboard
Daily galley trash thrown right over the side.
Not a thought to it. And this was right in the harbor.
Dow Chemical acid barges dumped (legally) 6 miles off the NJ coast.
NYC and NJ sewage barges also dumped multiple times a day at the “6 Mile Dump” off Sandy Hook NJ.
Things have changed drastically in this regard.
None of this happens today.
And I can tell you NY harbor is very clean now. Ive seen seals in the harbor. When you see that, the water is clean.
Today ship are using stack scrubbers. They do nothing in reality to curb pollution.
I did dock a new 1,200’ CMA CGM ( French owned) container ship that was LNG powered.
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