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October 05, 2008



I'm still angry that the Big Three recently got an OK for a $25 billion federal bailout of their own to make cleaner cars.

They've been jerking the public around for decades with clean prototypes that never reach mass market, and now that their short-sighted profit-taking on SUVs is making them lose market share, they want taxpayers to pay for a retooling.


Bruce Wiggins

This good observation is from a transportation pro I sent the article to:

Pardon my attitude, but this article is all about putting some green trim around the edges. Imagine if every vehicle in the accompanying photo were a "green" vehicle. We'd still be up a climate changed creek without a paddle. (Actually, we wouldn't need a paddle because the creek would be dry.)

The "greening of mobility" that we need most is eliminating the need for about half of that mobility, and making transit and non-motorized options viable choices for half of the rest. We need to begin by banning the word "mobility" and substituting the concept of "access." Mobility is merely a "means." Access (to goods and services and opportunties of all kinds) is the "end."

Brandy Lellou

I feel like the electric car movement is overlooking one very important factor: Where are we going to get all this extra electricity needed to charge electric cars? America's electrical grids are already stressed and to date we have not developed clean, affordable electrical power plants on a large scale. If we use coal fired power plants to charge our electric cars; what have we achieved?

Our organization looks at energy from the standpoint of its impact on water resources. Currently the nations 550 power plants use 214 billion gallons of water each day for cooling purposes. In addition these plants pollute water resources with lead and mercury. If the electrical demand is significantly increased the need for and pollution of water resources will also increase. Electrical cars are a great ideas; but their charging sources must come from wind or solar energy.


The amount of energy we waste being "mobile" is rediculous. I saw a photo the other day of the number of vehicles it takes to transport people via bus, car and bike and it was staggering.

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