Re: [carfree_cities] The Book
- Ron Greek said:
>How is sufficient food production and distribution assuredWe can't say with any certainty yet. Maybe we'll have
>once fossil-fueled machines burn their last drop of fuel?
so little energy that we'll be forced to abandon all
mechanized transport and rely solely on bikes, horses,
and sailing ships. However, I'm cautiously optimistic
about renewable energy. Remember that Switzerland and
Norway are largely powered by hydroelectric plants.
If they abandoned car use and made very efficient use
of all energy, they would probably be more or less
self-sufficient in energy. Windy places like the
Netherlands will be able to generate a lot of electricity
using windmills. (Greenpeace has proposed to generate
1/3 of our electricity by building a wind farm in
the North Sea, out of everybody's way and right in
the middle of those strong North Sea winds.)
Desert areas can use solar power to good effect.
What we SHOULD be doing is using the last of the
non-renewable energy to build a sustainable energy
infrastructure. Instead, we're burning it in SUVs.
I think that agriculture will indeed be one of the
difficult problems. Modern techniques are highly
intensive in their use of petroleum for fuel, fertilizer,
and chemicals. I am not opposed to biotech and genetic
manipulation as a way of increasing crop yields
and reducing energy inputs. I'm just not confident
that the current profit-driven economic structure
likely to avert the many disasters that doubtless
lurk between here and sustainable agriculture.
(Anybody for a bag of corn chips? Who's taking odds
on the chance that the FDA will fail to approve
the corn in question for human consumption after all?
Hey, it would probably not even kill as many people
as the exploding Pinto gas tanks, and the money at
stake is probably just as great.) I wish I had more
faith in the ability of governments to apply effective
regulation to profit-driven corporations.
J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities