Did the housing boom in the 90’s hurt the environment a lot?



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    I suppose it depends on what you mean by a lot, and on whether or not the trade-off for having houses is worth it.

    Building houses demands huge quantities of raw materials – gypsum, copper, wood, petroleum for plastics, chromium for stainless steel – that are removed from the earth in some way and transported, then they are assembled into a house which uses various kinds of energy – food (grown, fertilized, harvested, packaged, transported) for workers, electricity (burning coal, natural gas, etc), oil (to power vehicles, compressors, etc.) and much more. All of those activities have environmental consequences.

    The exact same statement could be made about EVERY human activity. If you want to make a difference, worry about how much oil is used by cars and how much pollution they cause. Then drive much much less.

  2. jet
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    Adding on, the incease in housing often results in urban sprawl, leading to more car use–more pollution. It is difficult to quantify the effects on the environment that the housing boom created in the grand scheme of things, but using resources (wood, metals, fossil fuels, etc.) doesn’t help out the environment. 

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