NYC Air Pollution

In New York City there are approximately 8 million people, 1.9 million vehicles and consumes approximately 150,000 barrels of gasoline per day.

An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. An idling diesel truck burns approximately one gallon of fuel an hour. With average U.S. prices for diesel fuel topping $2 a gallon1, that's about $2 an hour wasted.

Idling cars and trucks each year produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming. To offset this global warming pollution, we would need to plant an area the size of Manhattan with trees every single year.

NYC has 1 million asthmatics struggling to breathe.
-American Lung Association

The CO2 emissions associated with idling accounts for roughly 1.6% of the total U.S. (greenhouse gas) emissions.

Idling in the United States uses more than 6 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $20 billion each year.
-Argonne National Laboratory, April 2011

NYC has had an idling law since 1971. The law states you cannot idle longer than 3 minutes while parking, standing, or stopping unless the engine is being used to operate a loading, unloading, or processing device.

Every day, 800 EMS vehicles idle at outpost stations around the city. Each vehicle burns a gallon of gas an hour.
  800 trucks x 24 hours x 365 days = 7,008,000 gallons of gas a year

In 2012, the NYPD listed 400+ homicides and NYC Department of Health listed 3,000 + deaths from Air Pollution.

30 states, 59 cities and 20 counties have anti-idling laws in the U.S. Canada, Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan also have anti-idling laws.

2 minutes spent idling is equal to 1 mile of driving.

12 million gallons of fuel is wasted every day by idling. That is equal to 18 olympic-size swimming pools at a cost of $32,680,000 every day.

Each gallon of fuel burned emits about 20 lbs of carbon dioxide.

To offset one idling car, 6 trees needed to be planted per year.