Sad to say, Al and Tipper Gore are calling it quits after more than forty years of marriage. Don’t they know that divorce hurts the environment, according to a study from Michigan State? MSU summarizes the findings in this way:
A global trend of soaring divorce rates has created more households with fewer people, has taken up more space and has gobbled up more energy and water.
Specifically, the study by Jianguo “Jack” Liu and Eunice Yu at MSU indicates that in 2005 in the United States “divorced households used 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 627 billion gallons of water that could have been saved had household size remained the same as that of married households. Thirty-eight million extra rooms were needed with associated costs for heating and lighting.”
Media reports indicate that the two have simply “grown apart.” Too bad for them, their children, grandchildren, and the planet.