12292Re: [carfree_cities] NYT's Friedman: "take the Subway"
- Mar 4, 2012
> The link goes to my comment on his article, which is nothttp://tinyurl.com/7uork6g
> too bad really:
=v= But ... but ... Newt Gingrich says subway-riders are all
=v= This is an odd article, with Hal Harvey extolling the
"efficient natural gas turbine" that, incidentally, supplies
power in the parts of the Bay Area where he lives and works.
A truly expert analysis must consider the continent-wide grid,
which is mostly the coal plants he faults. It's the classic
problem of not seeing the forest for the trees, which allows
an elite (the non-subway-riding variety) to feel virtuous
about recharging plug-in cars in San Francisco even though
it consumes electricity that could go for other uses. Those
other uses end up relying on coal, or worse.
=v= I might be a little oversensitive about this because, until
very recently, San Francisco actually got its peak-use energy
from dirty diesel-burning backup generators that were located
next to the city's African-American neighborhoods (which are
also right alongside the Interstate, of course). 20 years ago
I was working with environmental justice groups to shut these
plants down, and my girlfriend worked for Mr. Harvey, who would
drive his EV to work and plug it in during peak hours because it
was so durned important to have it topped-up for demonstration
=v= Amory Lovins has been invaluable on the energy-efficient
front for decades, though his group has gotten a bit too
accommodating towards cars that are supposedly eco-groovy
in recent years. Honestly, it's the Russian editor who has
the best energy-efficiency advice in the whole article!
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