End of Carz

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Aired on the Doomstead Diner on June 12, 2014

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Discuss this Rant at the Podcast Table inside the Diner

Snippet:

People who talk about Sustainability and Renewable Energy and who revere the older ways of living we once had just about uniformly revile the automobile. There is no doubt that the automobile is an unsustainable technology, or that its use over the last century has developed an equally unsustainable infrastructure and style of living.

My friend Steve on Economic Undertow writes about this all the time, and presents the choice being made here, to Feed the carz at the expense of Feeding the People. You can’t keep the carz running and at the same time run an economy that keeps the people fed. The Carz simply waste too much energy, for no real remunerative reason in the end.

The problem of course is that you can’t simply dispense with automobiles, when you have built an entire infrastructure and society precisely around that device.

Steve writes in a recent blog:

“Take away the autos and there is a vanishingly small need for petroleum”-SfV

My response, fairly predictable for anyone who has followed the diner over the last couple of years;

Take away and replace with…what?

For the rest, LISTEN TO THE RANT!!!

RE

 

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