Originally posted by Cowboy
Where I live - it's a free-market economy; folks don't like being told what they can or can't buy as if it were a command economy. Go bych to the auto manufacturers to improve efficiency, cause I sure as hell won't argue with you in that I'd love to get 40+ mpg instead of the 12 or so I see with my truck. See; you're directing your anti-SUV rant at the wrong crowd. Consumers will buy what they need or want, but manufacturers can do better with pressure in the right places.
#1: I drive a truck that has the same engine as a Ford Expedition, so what's the freakin' difference? Are you going to tell me and all the other millions of truck owners that we should go out and buy hybrids?? Try hauling a load full of grain in a shyt can Honda. The FORD F-150 is the world's best selling consumer vehicle; trucks get the work done in my town.
#2: If you live in a city or don't have kids; shyt, a Mini Cooper or Camry might do you good. That stuff won't work for me where I live and what I deal with.
Like Montgomery Gentry say: I ain't trading in my family's safety just to save on a little gas ................ YOU DO YOUR THING, I'll DO MINE!!!! [fuqing bad-azz song and it's how millions roll].
Like I said - you go voice it to the auto manufacturers and tell them I want the same truck, but with 40 mpg. You think I like paying $300 per month in gas??? Hell no, but I ain't about to drive no fuqing Jap car and a Ford Focus or Chevy Cobalt just don't cut it for me.
Cowboy, I don't have a rationing in mind, but the current level of happy-go-around waste is UNSUSTAINABLE.
But you know what is f*** wrong with the world (aka the jungle)? Not that you personally drive a truck, particularly if you need it, but that WASTING GAS IS GLAMORIZED. If you drive an SUV in the city (hardly a need for it) it signals "hey, I'm the king of the world, and f*** the world." Another thing is wrong with the world (or should I say America?) is that YOU DON'T HAVE CHOICES, but to pollute. I got 3 spanking new bicycles in my apartment that go nowhere. Why? Because it's a jungle out there. And being small gets you in trouble. Not even in a small car you are safe, let alone in a bicycle, on the chaotic American roads, where SIZE MATTERS. We need BIKE LANES but that's too much to ask in the land of super roads.
So sure we can put pressure on Ford Corportation to produce hybrids and complain all you want, and they should be doing much more by now, but in the meantime, I'm saying WE LIVE UNDER THE FOOT OF THE DINOSAUR. And the STUPID HUNGRY DINOSAUR, instead of coming up with something creative, demands to be fed at whatever cost.:confused:
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If the beast were smart, it could notice things like this...
Wind industry bids to win over doubters
Friday, November 26, 2004 Posted: 9:30 AM EST (1430 GMT)
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The European wind energy industry, thriving as climate change tops the global agenda, says it could eventually supply all the continent's electricity, but must first overcome public resistance over eyesore turbines.
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which held its annual meeting in London this week, projected that offshore "wind farms" covering an area the size of Greece could meet Europe's electricity needs with no greenhouse gas emissions.
But sceptics cite pollution of another kind with giant wind turbines scarring the landscape, or blighting the sea horizon, deterring tourists and killing birds with their whirling vanes.
"The argument is reaching ridiculous proportions. Most people don't understand climate change and they don't understand wind turbines," Alison Hill of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) told an international meeting in London.
She said her organization was mounting a major publicity campaign in newspapers, with billboard posters and a photographic exhibition extolling what she called the beauty of turbines to inform and win over people.
"It is a long standing case of Not In My Back Yard. Where people have knowledge they give support. In this case familiarity breeds content," she said.
With the Kyoto treaty on cutting carbon dioxide emissions about to come into force, signatory governments must seek clean and renewable sources of energy.
Wind farms are sprouting in fields, on hilltops and out of the seas around Europe with major projects either under construction or in planning.
The EWEA says it can hit the target of generating 75 gigawatts (GW) of electricity -- or 5.5 percent of demand -- by 2010, of which 10 GW could be offshore.
With initiative and government intervention to remove long term support for the carbon dioxide emitting fossil fuel power industry, this could rise to 12 percent by 2020.
"In the longer term, a sea area of 150,000 square kilometers ... could provide enough power to satisfy all of Europe's electricity demand," an EWEA statement said. He gave no timeframe.
But Rowena Langston of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds -- which says global warming must be stopped -- said development was being pushed ahead with scant reference to the impact on the local environment and in particular bird life.
"Until there is more robust information, we are not going to overstep our conservation brief and say a project should go ahead regardless," she told the meeting.
But renewabale energy specialist Bryony Worthington of pressure group Friends of the Earth countered that the climate crisis was now so grave that birds had to take second place to saving the planet.
"The bottom line is that climate change is happening, endangering us all. It is extremely scary," she told Reuters.