The path to clean air (in the transport sector at least)
Dear friends and colleagues,
To my mind (see below) we are in the transport sector giving far too much attention to clean autos, green autos, electric autos, hydrogen autos, clean energy, new fuels, and in almost all cases in rhyme with the auto and energy industries. Is that what "sustainable mobility" (and clean air) is all about? I seriously doubt it and would like to launch a high profile public conversation on this topic.
Here is what we know for sure – and it's bullet proof! The most effective way to clean air in the transport sector (and many other important things that together make up the transition to truly sustainable transport (or at least getting on the path to get there) is summarized in the right half of this little meta-equation which you will find introduced in a lecture by Fred Salvucci, former Secretary of Transportation for the state of Massachusetts and currently of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, which is available for you this morning at http://newmobilityagenda.blogspot.com/2010/03/world-streets-worldwide-visiting.html :
(Vehicle hours traveled, Vehicle miles travelled. # vehicles)
By this I am trying to plead for far more attention to "fixing the system" as opposed to "fixing the auto". What is ironic (but understandable if you take the time to dig deep enough) is that it is the left side of the equation that is getting almost all the money and the attention.
This is a major strategic challenge and decision. It is important to show what side we are on here. It is not that the 'fix the auto' business is to be ignored. But to be put in its place. With the bulk of the attention and the $$$ invested to the right.,
I shall try to provide my best statement of this in World Streets before the end of the week.
I look forward very much to statements and arguments to the contrary. I want to do my bit if not to reverse this significant strategic error, at least to encourage more attention to it.
With all good wishes,
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