Getting Better MPG by Painting the Car WhiteMay 29th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
One of the items posted in the Kitsap Reader was also discussed on radio talk shows Thursday. In at least one place it was regarded with hysterical derision, given the host’s certainty that man has nothing to do with climate change. Obama’s Secretary of Energy suggested white roofs as a way to save on energy costs. White roofs, he said, reflect heat, while darker roofs absorb it, causing temperatures inside to increase, and occupants inside to rely more on air conditioning.
Now California is considering applying the same thinking to automobiles. At least one columnist thinks it’s hooey.
You can read the California Air Resources Board report on the idea by downloading this PDF.