Skip to content

What would 5.5 billion cars look like?

November 14, 2011

I’ve often wondered what the world would actually look like if everyone lived the way Americans do. Sure, it would be a LOT more pressure on our natural resources, but just how much? It’s interesting to have actual numbers so I was excited (and a little scared) to see an article on the WSJ blogs this morning that addresses the question of how many additional cars there would be in the world if everyone adopted the American driving habit.

Answer? 4.5 billion.

There are already about 1 billion vehicles on the road, so add another 4.5 billion and just imagine what that would do to our environment, our cities, our infrastructure, our demand for natural resources. To put it in somewhat in perspective, the U.S. has 809 cars (and trucks and buses) per 1,000 people. China has 46 per 1,000 people.

4.5 billion…… I’m still trying to wrap my head around that number. I just imagine the entire world sitting in gridlock.

flickr/shanghai daddy

About these ads
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 45 other followers

%d bloggers like this: