Surprise! Uber and ride sharing ain't so green

You'd expect that conclusion from a right-wing nut, but that view is published in the Sierra Club's magazine, "Sierra." In fact, the article raises questions about the environmental friendliness of the "sharing economy."

Steven Hill writes:

But, in fact, hard data on the environmental benefits of the sharing Person using the Uber appeconomy is difficult to come by. Many green claims are anecdotal, and to the extent that we have data, the accumulating evidence indicates that the sharing economy is not quite so pro-environment. On the contrary, it appears that some services are having a harmful environmental impact by fueling an increase in personal consumption.

For example, Hill suggests that the convenience of Uber is so attractive that more people are on the road.

Oh, well.

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  • Uber was really never about being green. That was only a pretense for putting the cab industry out of business.

  • I always thought Lyft and Urber were just ways of legitimizing hitchhiking -- for a fee -- not plans to save the earth.

    Unlike Aquinas, It isn't hard for most taxi companies to be put out of business, as so many taxies are scummy, the drivers rude, the ride frightening and the cost high. A friendly mule could complete for the business of most taxies.

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