Thursday, December 20, 2007
I was driving back from the gym tonight and saw 3 large dump trucks and a tractor removing snow from the local mall. They were filling up the dump trucks with snow and driving it somewhere. I'm not sure where you would go dump snow. I mean, it's frozen water and it will eventually melt.
I'm no environmental activist, by any stretch of the imagination, but trucking all that snow is probably very environment-unfriendly and expensive. By my calculation there were 6 guys working at 11:30 PM, probably getting paid overtime, 3 large dump trucks, 1 large snow tractor.
I think, however, that the cheapest and easiest way to get rid of snow is by melting it. Obviously, it isn't (and I haven't done the math). Otherwise, these snow removing companies would just melt it on site. Or maybe it's better to do it old-school and keep the economy going by using our limited amount of black gold.
I just hope we're not damaging the environment too much by overfilling our snow-landfills...Get it? It's snow...It melts...
On a serious note, I can't help to think that large microwave melting truck would be a viable business model for the northern parts of the globe. And what about those super laser canons we hear about? Those should be able to vaporize snow in no time.
Have a look at this: