All Lyft rides from now on will be carbon neutral

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Tech companies everywhere are taking steps to go green. Whether their motives involve a true desire to protect the environment or a desire to get a bit of good PR, companies like Apple, Google and Amazon regularly purchase carbon offsets and make attempts to generate clean energy for their warehouses and factories.

Indeed, Google recently claimed they were the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, buying well over 3 GW of wind and solar energy from various farms. While ride-hailing service Lyft isn't quite going that far, the company has announced today that every single Lyft ride from now on will be completely carbon neutral.

To make this happen, Lyft plans to acquire over one million metric tons of carbon in "year one" of this initiative. Lyft claims this will be the equivalent of planting tens of millions of trees or taking "hundreds of thousands" of cars off the world's roads.

Lyft claims they made this decision due to the "immense responsibility" they feel for the "profound impact" their service will have on the planet in the future. Until all vehicles operate with clean energy, Lyft believes climate change is a real risk and one they want to mitigate as much as possible.

"In the future all vehicles will operate with clean energy. But climate change is not waiting," Lyft co-founder John Zimmer said. "It’s happening now, and it presents a clear and immediate threat to our world and those who live in it. Action cannot wait."

If you're wondering how this might impact the average Lyft user, the answer is simple - it won't. Lyft has made it clear that they will not be charging their customers extra to offset costs they might incur from going carbon neutral.

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Considering, that not just VW, but also BMW, Audi and Mercedes all provide fake emission results that's 1/5th of the real ones, all this neutrality goes out of the window.

The sheer hypocrisy of this whole ordeal is overwhelming. All those companies were caught cheating CO2 emission tests, but the trio of Mercedes+BMW+Audi managed to settle it under the table, because they are so rich, leaving VW taking the beating, just for the public eye, so there's sense of "justice" on the surface.

In reality, diesel engines are shitting into our environment more than one could imagine, and the public unknowingly closes eyes on this. Look at some independent tests on YouTube, you will be shocked.

Carbon-neutral my a$$. You'd have to go all-electrical, for starters, and then make sure to re-charge from renewable energy only. Then we can talk about being carbon-neutral.

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Considering, that not just VW, but also BMW, Audi and Mercedes all provide fake emission results that's 1/5th of the real ones, all this neutrality goes out of the window.

The sheer hypocrisy of this whole ordeal is overwhelming. All those companies were caught cheating CO2 emission tests, but the trio of Mercedes+BMW+Audi managed to settle it under the table, because they are so rich, leaving VW taking the beating, just for the public eye, so there's sense of "justice" on the surface.

In reality, diesel engines are shitting into our environment more than one could imagine, and the public unknowingly closes eyes on this. Look at some independent tests on YouTube, you will be shocked.

Carbon-neutral my a$$. You'd have to go all-electrical, for starters, and then make sure to re-charge from renewable energy only. Then we can talk about being carbon-neutral.

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1/5th is actually still within acceptable variance by federal standards. The companies you are talking about were found to have defeat devices that hid 20 to 50 times the amount of pollution over federal standards. That's extremely bad, given the leeway these companies already get. Diesel in particular emits significant NOX, which was responsible for the smog you see if you've seen pictures of cities in the US before it cleaned it's act up. It is immediately dangerous to those with asthma and will cause lunge issues to those living in that for any period of time.
 
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Considering, that not just VW, but also BMW, Audi and Mercedes all provide fake emission results that's 1/5th of the real ones, all this neutrality goes out of the window.

The sheer hypocrisy of this whole ordeal is overwhelming. All those companies were caught cheating CO2 emission tests, but the trio of Mercedes+BMW+Audi managed to settle it under the table, because they are so rich, leaving VW taking the beating, just for the public eye, so there's sense of "justice" on the surface.

In reality, diesel engines are shitting into our environment more than one could imagine, and the public unknowingly closes eyes on this. Look at some independent tests on YouTube, you will be shocked.

Carbon-neutral my a$$. You'd have to go all-electrical, for starters, and then make sure to re-charge from renewable energy only. Then we can talk about being carbon-neutral.



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wiyosaya

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Considering, that not just VW, but also BMW, Audi and Mercedes all provide fake emission results that's 1/5th of the real ones, all this neutrality goes out of the window.

The sheer hypocrisy of this whole ordeal is overwhelming. All those companies were caught cheating CO2 emission tests, but the trio of Mercedes+BMW+Audi managed to settle it under the table, because they are so rich, leaving VW taking the beating, just for the public eye, so there's sense of "justice" on the surface.

In reality, diesel engines are shitting into our environment more than one could imagine, and the public unknowingly closes eyes on this. Look at some independent tests on YouTube, you will be shocked.

Carbon-neutral my a$$. You'd have to go all-electrical, for starters, and then make sure to re-charge from renewable energy only. Then we can talk about being carbon-neutral.

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Uh, actually, even if you get your electricity from the dirtiest of coal-fired power plants - which are about 40-percent efficient, EVs are still cleaner. There is significant end-to-end pollution in the crude to gasoline process that is rarely considered by the end user of vehicles, and in being rarely considered, it is rarely thought of as playing a part. What comes out the tail pipe is only a fraction of the total pollution generated by the crude to gasoline process.