Last edited by Laila; 03-16-09 at 03:37 PM.
1) Our government
2) Most auto manufacturers
3.5) I'm not lazy (can't speak for everyone, so .5)
1-3 are the root cause on this issue. Our governments knew back in the '70's about the potential problems faced by being reliant on oil.
Yet, they did nothing, along with most of the auto manufacturers.
1977 Volkswagen Rabbit 50 mpg highway 40 mpg city. What happened?
32 years ago, VW was clearly on top of the problem. Today we have auto manufacturers touting 36 mpg highway.
Our governments failed to implement satisfactory standards, the auto manufacturers ignored the wants of the consumer, and the enviroloons didn't lobby hard enough for the right reasons, to achieve the desired results.
Now we're in panic mode (needlessly), and we're seeing common sense being thrown to the wayside, for unproven expensive alternatives, that can't even be guaranteed to solve our transit/oil reliance problems. Let alone address the ill conceived notion that we, as humans, are causing catastrophic, irreversable changes to Mother Earth.
Want to study the generational patterns on Mother Earth, look to the geologists for answers:
By the way, this is the chart, based on ice core readings taken in Antarctica, that Gore uses in his film An Inconvenient Truth. Gore doesn’t try to explain why this roller coaster has occurred, since if changes in carbon dioxide levels were causing the cycle of glaciations and interglaciations, as Gore implies, then the logical question is what caused the changes in carbon dioxide levels?
Gore doesn’t say, because to do so would destroy his case, but here’s what science says: temperature changes precede carbon dioxide level changes by several hundred years, and temperature changes are caused by changes in solar intensity called the Milankovitch Cycles, not carbon dioxide. The Milankovitch Cycles, based on the earth’s changing position in relation to the sun, appear to be the ultimate drivers of climate over the past few million years.
FALSE ALARM: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Global Warming is Misleading, Exaggerated, or Plain Wrong Climate change: Learning to think like a geologist
Pain can be such a beautiful thing
It's my fat lazy life, not someone else's. I don't recall electing anyone to interfere in my private business.
That's a commute for some people I know that work in Los Angeles but live in San Diego. Everyweekend, off they go...
We fly because its..
faster for the distances travelled,
Almost all of Europe can be fit into California and Oregon. It's three thousand five hundred miles from LA to New York. A choo choo train takes a week, one way.
A "bullet train" would take all day, assuming some terrorist hasn't destroyed the tracks. Who the hell would want to take a train to span an entire continent?