Second Cup Plans New Drive-thru as CO2 Levels Soar Out of Control | Charlottetown

In April of this year CO2 hit an 800,000-year high at Mauna Loa Observatory Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii (USA) – Atmospheric CO2 reached 389.47 parts per million (ppm).

In June it went up again to 390.18

The fact that we are building new drive-thrus instead of shutting them down speaks volumes about our priorities in our current messed up culture.

These rising levels are significantly higher than the natural range (~180 ppm to 300 ppm) that existed for at least 800,000 years since the start of the industrial revolution.

Nature needs 100 years to undo past 23 years of CO2 rise.

Let’s say, for the sake of illustration, that we humans figured out how to completely turn our carbon emissions down to zero. How long would it take for Nature to do her wonderful magic and get atmospheric CO2 back to 350? Here is what the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tells us:

Complete elimination of CO2 emissions is estimated to lead to a slow decrease in atmospheric CO2 of about 40 ppm over the 21st century.

— IPCC AR4 FAQ 10.3

The problem is far more than the impacts that CO2 is having on the climate system (and the oceans, sea ice, water availability, economies and let’s not forget about other species). It is the fact that CO2 emissions are moving in the wrong direction, further and further away from zero.

How are we going to explain our inaction and complacency to our children and grandchildren???

Three hundred thousand PEOPLE – men, women children – just like us – died last year from climate change and what are we doing to combat climate change? Building MORE drive-thrus is just one inexcusable thing of many. Where are our ethics???

Drive-thru no problem for new coffee shop: Lantz

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 | 4:59 PM AT Comments5Recommend6

CBC News

The new Second Cup café will go near the corner of University Avenue and Kirkwood Drive in Charlottetown.(CBC)

A new drive-thru coffee shop on Charlottetown’s main drag is getting thumbs up from city council.

Coffee shop drive-thrus have been a source of complaints because of the traffic tie-ups they cause. Late last winter the city installed "No stopping" signs at drive-thrus to keep waiting motorists off the streets.

But the drive-thru planned for a new Second Cup on University Avenue will not be a problem, Coun. Rob Lantz told CBC News on Thursday.

"We promised to scrutinize these drive-thrus a little more closely when the applications come in," Lantz said.

"We think it’s got room to stack up about 32 cars, which I think is more than enough. I believe the plan is for right turn only to exit out onto University Avenue to keep the traffic flowing."

Another national chain, Starbucks, is also brewing plans to open a store in downtown Charlottetown.


A drive through with a stack of 32 cars? The Green Province for sure.


Awesome, another drive-thru. Aren’t there enough of these in the city to satisfy those people who would rather sit idling in their cars for 20 min while the inside counter is empty? Not to mention the storm water runoff issue that paving such a large queue line is surely to cause. I always thought Second Cup marketed itself to more of a walk-in, sit-down crowd anyway.

“Climate policy is characterized by the habituation of low expectations and a culture of failure. There is an urgent need to understand global warming and the tipping points for dangerous impacts that we have already crossed as a sustainability emergency that takes us beyond the politics of failure-inducing compromise. We are now in a race between climate tipping points and political tipping points.”
David Spratt, Philip Sutton, Climate Code Red, Australia, Published July, 2008

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