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Think leaving your car running doesn’t matter? Think again.

The Boston Globe -- STATE SENATOR THOMAS MCGEE may cochair the Transportation Committee, but he was just another mindless idler until some Lynn fifth-graders straightened him out. “I’d pull off the road to finish a phone call and leave the car running,” he says. “You just don’t think about it.” He wasn’t alone: Once you start looking for it, you notice engines idling away everywhere as drivers wait outside schools, check their appearance, or fiddle with their iPads. But it’s just a few minutes of waiting, and that’s no big deal, right?

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Submitted Jun 17, 2012 By: ziyulu
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1006
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 6:50:41 AM

its a running................
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1006
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2012 5:51:54 AM

what a dunce
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 4:57:41 AM

Then again, smoking 2 or 3 packs of cigarettes a day when one has no money to start with also makes little sense... but then, it's an individual's right to waste their money (although I don't agree that those receiving welfare / government subsidies should be allowed to do so).
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 4:56:15 AM

it all adds up. In a time when gas is high and money tight for many, I often shake my head watching big gas-sucking engines run while no one is in the vehicle - everyone standing outside and yacking, waiting mostly for the school bus. So the excuse "to cool us off on a hot FL morning" (not really that hot but okay), doesn't hold.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 9:31:10 AM


Speaking like the 1 Percent!
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 4:16:35 AM

Idle all you want. You paid for it. What you do with it is your business.

Greenies can pound salt.
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 11:00:34 PM

Enact laws against if they don't exist and enforce penalties against the idlers!
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js0743
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 10:33:20 PM

Okay.
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 10:17:00 PM

Run your life, not mine.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 9:33:55 PM


I have to agree Clermont40miles is way over the top. The suggestion to take a breath is a good one.

The issue here is not whether you can afford the gas to idle your vehicle, or to do as you please, it is about saving finite resources. If you don't like being told what to do, I would suggest you don't drive, or pay taxes, or even have a checking account.....All, have strict regulations!
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Rehorsehay
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 1:03:47 PM

Depends on the weather. If I have my handicap son in the van in hot weather I idle with the AC on, its a safety issue. I don't do this often. I refrain from taking him any where in extreme weather!
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 12:25:26 PM

Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 8:11:17 AM

Good, sound advice...only if people will follow them!
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 4:11:00 AM

ok
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Rich1430
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 1:03:21 AM

I dare them to tell me that my car engine has been idling to long when outside air temp in the winter is below zero. It takes longer to warmup an engine and thin the oil to it's normal consistency and warm up the vehicles interior.
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2012 12:32:38 AM

and its your car to do with what you please
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:49:16 PM

To: Aviator_Rob Re: Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:32:21 PM (Printed below)

"Jeez, SammyAdams, relax and take a breath. Just reading your post made me think you were about to have a seizure or something.

To everyone out there resisting this just because they don't want to be told what to do, what exactly are you gaining by your resistance? This should be such a non-issue. Just turn off the engine when you pull over and stop your car. It's just so simple. It's not like you have a Model T Ford with a crank starter out front.

Just turn off the ignition and take a breath. It'll be okay."
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To: Aviator_Rob Re: Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:06:34 PM (Printed below

"Are you feeling okay, clermont40miles? You sound cranky. Take a breath and relax. There are plenty of things that impede your driving freedom. Things like red lights and stop signs. I hope you stop for those. There are laws against blowing your horn unless it's an absolute emergency. There are DUI laws. These laws exist for the greater good of the community.

Don't whine and complain. That's childish behavior and children are too young to drive.

Oh, that's another law we have."
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After reading your comment on my post, I began to think that you must not have even read what I had to say, because I wasn't arguing about turning "off" my car whenever it was idling for more than a minute. But then I noticed that you gave a similar comment to someone who also disagreed with you and it seems like you don't have the intellect to discuss a reasoned argument for whatever it is that you believe. That's perfectly alright.

You are the perfect citizen for the New World Order. Never question bad or unconstitutional laws, pay whatever taxes are asked from you, pay higher gas and consumer prices without questioning anything. Just reading your post made me think you were about to have a seizure or something. You even sound a little cranky. Don't whine and complain. That's childish behavior and children are too young to drive. Just take a breath and relax.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:38:40 PM

Gas waste is all over, fast food lines, banks, ect...those r just added to it in the past 5 yrs or so!!
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:06:47 PM

I've been cutting off my engine for years instead of idling.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:04:34 PM

Right. Everybody knows that 5th graders are smarter than the average adult. Where do they get this insipid crap?
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:02:05 PM

Then there's the trucker who runs the thing for hours while he snoozes in the sleeper while my neighbors wake up choking....
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:01:55 PM

Good information. For real though! A law! more than 3 minutes, give me a break, that's why kids are not involved in laws of the land.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 11:00:37 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:59:08 PM

Hmm
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:57:59 PM

Make sure your tires have the proper pressure too!
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:54:19 PM

small waste compared to Obama waste.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:53:32 PM

good luck, little things add up
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:50:27 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:49:33 PM

Here you will find diesel trucks parked anywhere left running, stinking up the air you breathe plus all of that clattering noise pollution. If it starts that difficult seek mechanic help or drive it a wrecking yard and park it.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:45:50 PM

Sometimes I turn off my car sitting at a red light...esp the ones that are over 2 min long...
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:43:26 PM

Doesn't nobamas plane waste alot of fuel since were on the topic of waste.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:42:09 PM

I luv people who warm up their cars for HALF AN HOUR...
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:41:10 PM

When did he wake up? I've known and adjusted for this waste of gas 30 years ago
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:40:22 PM

Another no-brainer idea that people choose to ignore.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:40:04 PM

I do it quite often
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:38:40 PM

Ok!
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:38:04 PM

Not with my Prius, If you leave it on the engine shuts
off automatically (AC, radio, lights still work) and it "sleeps"
till the battery needs charging or you step on the gas.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:33:19 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:32:25 PM

Burns lots of gas!
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:31:57 PM

I shut off my truck at RR crossings.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:31:25 PM

OK then turn it off
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:31:09 PM

It matters enough that many areas have laws against it. Ruins your mpg too, because all that while you're getting 0 mpg!!!
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:30:32 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:28:06 PM

if i'm talking i;m shut off
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:26:51 PM

“. . . idling for more than five minutes in a parked car violates state law.”

What a cool idea. If we had that law around here every police cruiser would be eligible for a citation. I’ve never seen a deputy’s or trooper’s car shut off unless it is parked beside their home.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:21:11 PM

Parents waiting to pick up kids at the local elementary school sit idling up to an hour right in front of the no idling sign.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:20:48 PM

Between plain old idling, and going through drive through windows, we waste a lot of fuel.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:19:55 PM

Starting an engine is hard on the internal parts. So there is a trade off of stopping/starting and engine versus letting it idle.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 10:18:49 PM

When out driving, I try to keep moving so won't have to worry about idling. It works
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What about obama's limo?
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