10275Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Fuel-Sipping Trains
- Jun 17, 2007On Jun 17, 2007, at 8:40 PM, Matt Hohmeister wrote:
> Actually, this brings up a question I've been wondering for someShips do not have to be powered by oil or coal. Highly refined
> time. In an era of dwindling
> oil supplies, are we better off with jets or ships? 747 or QM2? Or
> is there another solution?
sailing vessels with solar auxiliary power for days of calms and for
harbor maneuvering can move considerable tonnage and numbers of
passengers. However, it is obvious that if we are serious about
sustainability, we will have to accept that international trade and
travel will be slower and more expensive. (Although someone, upon my
telling them this, suggested that sail transport labor costs could be
lowered by using crews of slaves...I hope they were kidding.)
And no, I don't think nuclear-powered ships are the answer!
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