I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


What’s Up With That? reports that Los Angeles is spending $40,000 per mile to paint streets white in order to fight global warming.

Two points—

First, tires are abrasive. How long do they think the paint will last?

Two, most highway-grade paint is petrochemical-based. Did they consider the carbon footprint of the project from manufacturing the paint all the way through to application and maintenance?

Oh, one more thing … there are 6,700 miles of roadways in LA. Doing the whole network would cost something north of a quarter-of-a-billion bucks. What if that money were spent on something like schools or housing for the homeless?

UPDATE—The Daily Mail reports that the product being smeared on LA’s streets is CoolSeal. (H/T, Stephen Green). According to the manufacturer’s website, it is a water-based asphalt sealant designed “for lightly trafficked areas,” so it’s not exactly highway-grade. They may need to find something else to use on roads such as Century Boulevard.

UPDATE 2—Won’t this make the white lines between lanes and defining crosswalks hard to see?

14 thoughts on “I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

    • the elites all have their designer sunglasses. Who cares about the little people that can’t afford them?

    • Black limos take more air conditioning to keep cool than white ones. Fuel savings. Less carbon released. Genius!

      I think that Great Idea was harrumphed out of town. Hollywood without shiny black limos?!?

  1. I would like to know if a before and after skid test has been done. Maybe La might want to talk to a liability lawyer.

    • It’s not their money. Why denigrate drunken sailors by comparing them to these wastrels? At least the sailors sepnd their own money! — BJ54

  2. “We have to do something!” is the siren song that leads to massive amounts of waste of most idiotic government projects, because it is never accompanied by the comparison of doing nothing at all, or if it is, a finger is firmly held on the “doing something” side of the scale.

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