Friday, November 16, 2007

More on the CARMA Database

A comment on the New York Times DOT EARTH blog:

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    As a lawyer with a background in journalism, I always think about the source of information to determine whether the source is credible and the information reliable. Some of the information presented by CARMA about a power plant in my neighborhood throws up a red flag in my mind. There’s a Con Ed plant on the East River at 14th Street in Manhattan. According to CARMA, the plant emitted 893,015 tons of CO2 and generated 933,547 Mwh in 2000. CARMA shows a huge jump in these numbers in 2007 to 4,857,353 tons of CO2 emitted and 4,505,179 Mwh generated. Frankly, it’s hard for me to believe that there was such an eye-popping increase in just seven years. It makes me wonder whether the information on this website is accurate and trustworthy. Has anyone looked into this?

    — Posted by John Hunka