Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling, bicycling advocacy, Cyclist's Manifesto, EVs, evworld, history of bicycling, Prius, urban cycling, urban mobility, Viet Cong, women's liberation
I appreciate the shout out from evworld.com, but fear what might happen when they reach the Prius chapter.
Writing about the “simple fun” of riding a bicycle in “The Cyclist’s Manifesto,” Robert Hurst put the technology in historical perspective, stating:
“Fun is apolitical. Fun has no agenda, other than to make you smile. And yet even the person who climbs onto a bike for the simple purpose of having fun or getting a whiff of fresh air will be saddled with the baggage of history, accompanied by a cloud of suspicion hanging around a machine that has at various times been intimately associated with women’s liberation, white power, political sneakiness, Asian communism, sabotage and spying and other rebel mischief, the Viet Cong, European socialism, illegal immigration, serial drunk drivers, anarchy, privilege, anti-car fanaticism, and multiple manifestations of youthful antiestablishment activities. This mishmash of historical symbolism is now woven into the collective subconscious of the nation. The bicycle is loaded.”
Until reading “Manifesto,” I had no idea that such an elegant and efficient machine carried so much historical baggage from across such a wide political and philosophical spectrum, from revolutionary communism to the epitome of capitalism, Henry Ford, himself, whose first ‘automobile’, the Quadracycle,’ was built largely from repurposed bicycle parts.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: carbon emissions, Carnegie Mellon, CO2, delusion and desperation, EVs, Green Car Congress, green cars, greenhouse gases, LDVs, Mashayekh, oil consumption, peak oil, transportation
The impossibility of “green cars” must be apparent at this point. EVen to people at websites called “Green Car Congress:” http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/02/mashayekh-20120212.html
After considering a wide range of possible strategies to reduce light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a team from Carnegie Mellon University, RAND Corporation and the University of Toronto has concluded that no one strategy will be sufficient to meet GHG emissions reduction goals to avoid climate change. Strategies considered included fuel and vehicle options; low-carbon and renewable power; travel demand management; and land use changes.
However, they also found that many of these changes have positive combinatorial effects, “so the best strategy is to pursue combinations of transportation GHG reduction strategies to meet reduction goals.” As a result, they recommended that agencies need to broaden their agendas to incorporate such combinations in their planning. Their policy paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
So, if we still want to drive around everywhere , we’re left with all these non-effective strategies for reducing emissions. Solution? Implement all these non-effective strategies at the same time!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: electric cars, EVs, green cars, greenest cars, Mitsubishi, PHEVs, Volt
The whole concept of a “green car” is absurd. No matter how you slice it, the personal auto is a wildly extravagant use of energy, not to mention space.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: electric vehicles, energy, EVs, Nissan Leaf
Ouch on the $2000 home charging station installation.