Re: Fuel-Sipping Trains
"...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.
--- In email@example.com, Richard Risemberg
> 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?
> > is there another solution?for
> > 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
> harbor maneuvering can move considerable tonnage and numbers ofand
> passengers. However, it is obvious that if we are serious about
> sustainability, we will have to accept that international trade
> travel will be slower and more expensive. (Although someone, uponmy
> telling them this, suggested that sail transport labor costs couldbe
> lowered by using crews of slaves...I hope they were kidding.)
> And no, I don't think nuclear-powered ships are the answer!
> Richard Risemberg