10226Re:grim climate numbers
- May 4, 2007The effect of scale on all the better alternative fuel solutions is
not generally appreciated. The greater the overall reduction in
vehicle use, the more biodiesel/ethanol/biomethane begins to make
sense. All these solutions really come into their own in a low-
demand, localized, appropriate-technology scenario. Simply unplugging
petroleum and plugging in biofuels won't work.
A 90%+ reduction in vehicle use would take both the fuel and motor
industries beyond a critical point at which their current
methodologies are no longer viable. Then, both fuels and vehicles
capable of being made using handicraft techniques and small, power-
diffuse organizational structures would be required - in vastly
reduced quantities, of course. All the biofuel processes, especially
ethanol!, are as exquisitely suited to such conditions as they are
unsuited to the conditions that currently prevail.
The fuel and motor industries derive their power from the
perpetuation and expansion of their current methodologies, which
effectively renders them technologically and therefore economically
invulnerable. That, rather than the loss of discrete operational
profits, is why they will resist any real reduction in the use or
rate of consumption of automobiles. New, supposedly efficient designs
tend to rely more heavily on these methodologies and therefore
further entrench the power of these industries. That is the real
reason not to buy a Prius.
That is also why better cities are the only real solution to the
problems of vehicle emissions and resource depletion.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Sandness <ksandness@...>
> Climate change is a fashionable topic here in the States, as well,
> I see almost no one addressing the elephant in the garage, namely,...
> America's overwhelming dependence on the automobile, supposedly
> responsible for 1/3 of all U.S. greenhouse emissions.
> In transit,
> Karen Sandness
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