|"Green" vehicles have a reserved parking space at the beach.|
There are 25 parking spaces in the east parking lot at Herring Cove Beach that are reserved for these "green" vehicles, very close to the snack bar, changing rooms and so forth, right near the edge of the beach. These are actually right next to the handicap spaces, which they outnumber two to one.
That's right… This lot has 12 reserved spaces for cars with handicap plates, and 25 reserved for drivers who have gone green. Will this become a trend in all federally operated facilities? Will it help to motivate people to consider the environment when they purchase their next car?
By the way, it takes over 39,000 gallons of water to manufacture a car, so speaking environmentally, you don't want to buy a new car very often. Also, some 1,851 gallons of water are used in refining a single gallon of crude oil. The tons of pollutants and chemicals put into our air by every conventional automobile on the road are not the only issues to consider when driving ourselves around the planet.
I don't know whether green parking spaces should outnumber those reserved for people with disabilities, and perhaps they should. The National Park Service must have studied this idea carefully before launching it. If this will help nudge more people toward adopting a greener way of life, I'm all for it.
Now, if only the NPS would provide the electrical hook-up at these spots so that drivers of electric cars could charge up their vehicles while they're at the beach. You'd think a few solar panels added to the restroom rooftop would do the job.
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