We Must Imagine a Future Without Cars

We Must Imagine a Future Without Cars

(from alternet.org source Jim Kunstler:)

“And a harsh reality indeed awaits us as the full scope of the permanent energy crisis unfolds. The global oil production peak is not a cult theory, it’s a fact. The earth does not have a creamy nougat center of petroleum. The supply in finite, and we have ample evidence that all-time global production has peaked.

Of course, the issue is not about running out of oil, and never has been. There will always be some oil left underground — it just might take more than a barrel-of-oil’s worth of energy to pump each barrel out, so it won’t be worth doing.

The issue is not about running out — it’s about what happens when you head over the all-time production peak down the slippery slope of depletion. And what happens is that the complex systems we depend on for everyday life in advanced societies begin to falter, wobble, and fail — and the failures in each system will in turn weaken the others. By complex systems I mean the way we produce our food, the way we conduct manufacture and trade, the way we operate banking and finance, the way we move people and things from one place to another, and the way we inhabit the landscape.

I’ll try not to dwell excessively on the statistics since I am more concerned here with the implications for everyday life in our nation. But it is probably helpful to understand a few of the numbers.”

Like the British geologist said, “personal transportation of the future has four feet or two” [would add, or three,] “wheels.”

A nice tricycle, hybrid, human power assist, electric engines, inertial boost, photo-voltaic scales, RF external power, 300 lbs curb weight, a plexiglas roof, “the future.”

When the alternative is walking and going bankrupt, the consumdiots and the superior industorons will reconsider, they may also revision the theory of quackernomics.

Roses are red, emeralds are grue.


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