The political left has been really terrible, even by its own low standards, on issues of “consumption,” and the point goes double for the sub-topic of cars-first transportation.
Need evidence? Consider the fact that this book contains no chapter on transportation:
He apparently has no objections to cars-first transportation. How serious is that as a green position?
The amount of delusion surrounding cars-first transportation is stupendous. I suppose that’s no surprise, given that it has been by far human history’s largest, most heavily-promoted boondoggle.
Anyhow, it turns out that demand hasn’t been destroyed at all. More like demand destroying us:
They know what’s happening, even as they insist we keep speeding for the cliff:
“Electric motors are good for acceleration and for the stop-and-go of urban duty cycles. Internal combustion engines are great for highway driving because gasoline is an incredibly dense power source,” he said. “What you’re seeing at this show is that automakers are combining the two, in a wide variety of ways, for the benefit of consumers.”
“The EV strategy is still alive and well,” he said. ”Fuel is a finite commodity” and prices “will go up again.”
As it kills the planet and renders American society ever more unprepared for the increasingly inhospitable future it is doing so much to worsen, that epic, world-historic boondoggle, cars-first transportation, remains utterly undiscussed and undebatable in our mainstream institutions. Witness the recent spat between Killary Klinton and Bernie Sanders:
“He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry,” Clinton said.
No, I didn’t he insists, saying “In terms of the auto bailout, of course, that made sense.”
Nero had nothing on our leaders. Nothing whatsoever.
The East Coast Blizzard of 2016 is killing people, report the corporate media. Balderdash. By keeping people from driving their cars, the snowstorm is saving lives on a big scale, as is very occasionally almost acknowledged in self-same media.
“I think in reporting any story, journalists are taught that human life is the ultimate value,” said Joe Saltzman, professor of journalism at the University of Southern California. “So the first question we ask on any story is, what’s the death toll?”
Yes, quite so, except when the story is cars. There, the ultimate value is profits for corporate capitalists, so the basic facts are not newsworthy.
“[T]he internal-combustion engine that has powered cars since the 19th century is a technological dead end.”
The New York Times, December 1, 2015
None of which stops the system from doing what it will and must do, which is pursue the obvious dead-end until the wells run dry.
Courting Carmageddon. That’s corporate capitalism.
Apparently, this meme is making the rounds among the gun nuts:
We’re indoctrinated and thoughtless about one form of mass murder, so let’s stay that way about another one!
Turns out there’s another problem — you know, other than their wild, ecocidal unsustainability — with the cars of the future. The integration of computers is rendering them externally controllable.
Andy Greenberg reports in Wired:
I’d come to St. Louis to be Miller and Valasek’s digital crash-test dummy, a willing subject on whom they could test the car-hacking research they’d been doing over the past year. The result of their work was a hacking technique—what the security industry calls a zero-day exploit—that can target Jeep Cherokees and give the attacker wireless control, via the Internet, to any of thousands of vehicles. Their code is an automaker’s nightmare: software that lets hackers send commands through the Jeep’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission, all from a laptop that may be across the country.
Greenberg’s piece is worth reading.
DbC‘s editor lives in the Congressional district of one Rep. Kurt Schrader, the estimable co-chair of the Blue-Dog Coalition, a group who claim to believe that (wait for it…) the Democratic Party is too far to the left.
Within the Blue Dogs’ pathetic attempt to ensure themselves lifetime tenure as well-paid D.C. placeholders, here is what such types have to say about transportation policy in the USA:
“It is the position of the Blue Dogs that any comprehensive infrastructure package should be fully paid for in a fiscally responsible manner and a hearing would allow Ways and Means Committee members the opportunity to explore avenues for providing sustainable, reliable, and responsible transportation funding and planning well into the future.”
This is Congro-Speak for continuing the long-running practice of unanimously shoveling more cash into cars-first transportation “into the future.”
On behalf of our grandchildren, one has to ask: This is what passes for “sustainable” and “responsible” politics in 2015?