David Ceaser said,
>Regarding the ASPO meeting in Lisbon, I think that you
>should focus on funding ideas
No, I think this is much too premature. First we have
to sell these folks on the idea that carfree cities
are an essential part of the solution; once they have
that firmly in hand, it's time to ask for money.
These folks won't have money themselves, but they are
starting to get serious political attention and will
soon be in a position to give high-level policy advice.
(Matt Simmons alread is.) THAT is when the money might
start to flow.
>Is this an academic type conference or an action type
These folks are mainly academic and field geologists.
They aren't generally political.
>If there was a general mindset amongst
>the conference goers that automobiles are the biggest
>"problem" associated with peak oil (and not plastics,
>global warming, etc)
I'm sure these folks are nearly as aware how the oil
is being consumed as they are regarding where it's
>If this were to be the case
>something regarding carfree cities might be a topic
>that the conference participants would be willing to
I don't really think so. These folks are going to stay
focused on the supply problem, but they are going to
get asked about the demand side. If they have it firmly
in mind that carfree cities can do more to lower the
largest term in demand (transportation) than any other
possible approach, it won't be long before they begin
to mention it.
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