The study,Energy Up In Smoke The Carbon Footprint Of Indoor Cannabis Production written by Dr. Evan Mills says it's not the Maui Wowie itself that causes the giant carbon footprint, is all of the electric accessories used to grow the stuff.
Colin Sullivan summarizes the study,” in Monday's E&E News (subscription required):
AGRICULTURE: Pot growers inhale 1% of U.S. electricity, exhale GHGs of 3M cars — study (04/11/2011)
Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter
Indoor marijuana cultivation consumes enough electricity to power 2 million average-sized U.S. homes, which corresponds to about 1 percent of national power consumption, according to a study by a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Researcher Evan Mills’ study notes that cannabis production has largely shifted indoors, especially in California, where medical marijuana growers use high-intensity lights usually reserved for operating rooms that are 500 times more powerful that a standard reading lamp.
The resulting price tag is about $5 billion in annual electricity costs, said Mills, who conducted and published the research independently from the Berkeley lab. The resulting contribution to greenhouse gas emissions equals about 3 million cars on the road, he said. (H/T Globalwarming.org)
Yikes! Three Million Cars.
Last week, when the president told the guy with ten kids to buy a more fuel efficient car, he should have said instead stop smoking so much dope. Well maybe not, after his performance in office so far, a stoned populace may be his best way of getting re-elected.