[internetworkers] Sexy and Eco-Friendly Transportation
gwbrown1 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 12 20:40:07 EDT 2008
Yes, forgive me, Cristobal, I had forgotten there was absolutely no useful
purpose for a vehicle larger than my fingernail. Next time I've got a large
project on my hands I suppose it DOES make more sense to make 25 trips in a
Prius or Accord Hybrid then a single trip in a larger vehicle. Miles per
gallon per person (or project).
Like it or not there are reasons to keep the MPGpP down as well.
On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 4:48 PM, Cristóbal Palmer <cmp at cmpalmer.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 3:29 PM, Greg Brown <gwbrown1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Good point.. What happens when the first emission-free SUV comes to
> > capable of getting the entire family to the farmer's market and then to
> > soccer fields on a single charge or tank of hydrogen?
> > The Chevy Conundrum: The Emissions Free SUV You Still Hate.. Just
> Hate it because it's wasteful. Just because you're not emitting
> greenhouse gases doesn't mean you aren't damaging the environment.
> With a battery-based system, for example, there are some pretty nasty
> chemicals that go into production and recycling.
> You can't get around the physics: a more massive vehicle means more
> Work to get it from A to B. You remember the Work-Energy theorem? The
> fact of the matter is that for the vast majority of families (99%+), a
> compact sedan that can go 60 miles without a refuel/recharge for each
> adult is actually /overkill/. If people are driving around
> zero-emissions tanks, they're still wasting a lot of juice that
> could've gone towards more productive tasks.
> Fixing our dependence on petroleum products for transportation is a
> great step in the right direction, but to really be sustainable we at
> some point need to start considering a walkable or bike-able lifestyle
> sexy, or at least enjoyable enough.
> Having said all that,
> has some... ahem... pleasant curves. Thanks for your post, Susan.
> Cristóbal M. Palmer
> "Small acts of humanity amid the chaos of inhumanity provide hope. But
> small acts are insufficient."
> -- Paul Rusesabagina
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