"It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, ownership of motor vehicles and small electrical appliances, home and workplace air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable." Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit 1992.
The direct attack on the American Middleclass Lifestyle
This statement of UN goals attacks three of the most distinguishing characteristics of the "American Lifestyle": the middle class, private ownership of vehicles, and the use of hydrocarbon fuels (coal, gasoline, and natural gas). This country has flourished with affordable housing, the mobility of personal transportation, and use of fossil fuels both as a source of energy and as a source of raw materials in manufacturing. Read ... "Living Without a Car" , More on Carelessness
The substitute for fossil fuels is "Green Energy". These sustainable energy (renewable) sources are most often regarded as hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, wave power, geothermal energy, bioenergy, and tidal power. In 2009, EIA data showed 37% of the nation's energy came from petroleum, 21% from coal, and 25% from natural gas. Nuclear power supplied 9% and renewable energy supplied 8%, which was mainly from hydroelectric dams although other renewables such as wind power, geothermal and solar energy produce less than 1% . Remove hydrocarbon fuels and you can eliminate automobiles, delivery trucks, airplanes, cruise ships, farm tractors, fertilizers, and many medicines from your life. The following definition provides a partial vision of a carbon free lifestyle.
There are three goals for the Future of Tulsa's public transportation.
How would your lifestyle change if the above list is completely substituted for airplanes, and motor vehicles? Consider the following environmental definitions:
The United Nations has estimated the cost of going green as $76 Trillion over the next 40 years.
The Obama Administration pushes California and other states investments in High Speed Rail in the tune of $2 billion - Read More...The California High-Speed Rail project is a planned high-speed rail system in the state of California and headed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). Initial funding for the project was approved by California voters on November 4, 2008, with the passage of Proposition 1A authorizing the issuance of US$9.95 billion in general obligation bonds for the project. The CHSRA is currently tasked with completing final planning, design, and environmental efforts. The system would serve major cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Anaheim, Irvine, Riverside, and San Diego. - Read More ...
Amtrak the government operated passenger rail system continue to incur large losses of taxpayer money.
The Federal push into electric vehicles is creating a glut of unwanted automobiles. GE "Forcing" Employees Into GM Chevy Volts. General Motors and General Electric are two companies that have been in the political crosshairs lately. GM stands accused of "crony capitalism," while GE is under fire for paying no Federal income taxes in 2010. The two companies share more than that though, with GE placing an order for 12,000 Chevy Volts and other hybrid vehicles. Read more...
The Federal Administration provided over $1 billion in startup funds to start the production of this all electric only to discover it was to be built in Europe. Recently Tesla Motors' admitted to a devastating design problem. Their lineup of all-electric vehicles - its existing Roadster, almost certainly its impending Model S, and possibly its future Model X - apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle. If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a "brick" Read more...
There are additional problems with the production of electric automobiles. Many economic problems surround the production of batteries and the production of the cars themselves.
The total amount of state and federal subsidies for each Chevy Volt sold is as much as $256,824 per vehicle according to a fiscal analysis by Michigan's Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Another consideration if the limited range of all electric powered vehicles.
Consider this fuel usage chart. Do you actually believe that "Green Energy" will immediately replace this quantity of petroleum fuel? If not, which modes of transportation are you willing to live without?