National Academy of Fantasy

Dig the front cover to the new study on Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels, by an elite panel at the National Academy of Science:


Charged by the powers that be with studying not the possibilities for building a sustainable transportation infrastructure but merely the prospects for making the U.S. auto fleet somewhat less wasteful, the cover’s admission that efficient cars are vaporware is a classic Freudian slip.

Meanwhile, here’s a sample of the level of thinking involved in this dutiful little scam. Why are automobiles so unusually important in the USA? The panel’s explanation:

With the automobile being by far the dominant mode of transportation for most Americans, facilitating auto travel has been a major part of DOT’s mission.

See? The auto is dominant because it is dominant! Science lives!

Lifelines, Literally

Let a thousand Silver Comet Trails bloom!


Indeed, let them be even nicer than this example, which is located, of all places, in the U.S. State of Georgia, hardly a Mecca of alternative culture!  Let us have bikes-only roadways, with pedestrian paths alongside but protected by barriers!  Let us have coffee and food carts and bathrooms and bookstalls and medical providers and art installations and performance venues all along their routes!  And let the routes be converted not from abandoned rail lines, but from conquered and re-purposed automobile roads and highways!

Workers of the world, unite, and forge your (bike) chains!  You have nothing to lose but your suburbs and oil wars and heedless, predatory overclass!