Re: NYTimes.com Article: Op-Ed Columnist: Fly Me to the Moon
- --- In email@example.com, Christopher Miller
>You are being far too generous. The idea clearly being advocated by
> I suppose, though, that a generous reading of "alternative energy
> and conservation" might imply cutting back on -- and cutting out
> as far as possible -- wasteful modes of transport
Mr. Friedman -- and an embarassing number of "environmental"
organizations -- is that we blow billions on white elephant projects
like "intelligent" highway systems, hydrogen highways (i.e. "21st-
century fuel"), battery-powered hummers, etc. For politicians
(Democrat and Republican) it is a "win-win-win" situation. They can
say to their constituents that they are "environmental" by funding
such programs without having to make any of the difficult decisions
about reducing the gigantic subsidies sustaining sprawl.
> which would imply a need for scientific research on improvingReearch what, exactly?
> urban environments and reshaping the suburban landscape around
> more intelligent transportation choices (an enormous, complex
> task that would require a lot of experimentation and
Designing energy efficient cities and transport systems is already a
solved problem. Off-the-shelf technology already in use today could
eliminate America's energy deficit. But until the various structural
problems are fixed, there is no market incentive to do so.