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Re: Fuel-Sipping Trains

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  • dawie_coetzee
    Localization. ...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
    Message 1 of 18 , Jun 18, 2007
      Localization.

      "...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."

      Precisely. I know Joel Crawford takes a somewhat contrary position in
      his book, but I'm a firm localist. Pedestrian cities and localized
      economies are perfect for each other. Indeed, the one only comes to
      full fruition in the context of the other.

      -Dawie



      --- In carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com, Richard Risemberg
      <rickrise@...> wrote:
      >
      > On Jun 17, 2007, at 8:40 PM, Matt Hohmeister wrote:
      >
      > > Actually, this brings up a question I've been wondering for some
      > > time. In an era of dwindling
      > > oil supplies, are we better off with jets or ships? 747 or QM2?
      Or
      > > is there another solution?
      > > Anybody?
      > >
      > Ships do not have to be powered by oil or coal. Highly refined
      > 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!
      >
      > http://tinyurl.com/25u5bt
      >
      > Rick
      > --
      > Richard Risemberg
      > http://www.bicyclefixation.com
      > http://www.newcolonist.com
      > http://www.rickrise.com
      >
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