While the world is going to hell in a hand basket, we're amusing
ourselves to death, playing golf and video games, building movie sets,
struck down the next day, rather than real cities for living in. For the
past thirty years we failed to wean our industrial society away from its
Back in the 70's, the Trilateral
Commission tried to orchestrate a smooth transition away from oil. Then
Arab head of OPEC said: "We don't need the oil, you need the oil, we have
the sun!" He resigned (cough) two weeks later.
If we really cared about the air we breathe, we wouldn't be banning
smoking in restaurants, we'd be banning the internal combustion engine!
Keep in mind Standard Oil of Indiana "funded" the US prohibition in the
30's as a poor excuse to wreck all ethanol stills, regardless whether they
were producing alcohol for human or engine consumption. Elliot Ness was
not the hero he was made out to be in the "Untouchables". He was just a
John D. Rockefeller stooge who destroyed farmer's livelihoods while
Firestone ripped up tram tracks to make way for rubber tire buses.
We are living today with the consequences of this absurd urban
planning gone amok. Is there a way to fix it? Listen:
Driving used to be fun. Now it's just bumper to bumper doldrums,
holding your nose from all the fumes. Is this any way to live, to breathe,
to fill your lungs with the stuff of life? Nope, didn't think so. So why
has it been so hard to - get this: "plastic batteries - ceramic engines."
And presto, voilà, long range 100% pure electric cars. Light, small and
fast, really fast... EVs have instant torque, which means they instantly
put all their energy into the wheels. Translation: a well tuned EV can get
past a Ferrari at a stop light a split second before the rich bastard has
his tires spinning. Don't believe me? Check out the Viper vs EV standing
start race in the video section of the
Electrifying Times website!
While in Europe DaimlerChrysler has sold nearly 200,000 Smarts,
they are still not being sold in the US. How do you figure that? The
public wants them, but Washington's dreaded Department of Transportation
will not allow them on the roads, even though they are in fact safer than
most, built as tough as Formula One cars! This made me think. Bumper Cars?
Why can't we simply place wide rubber padding all around cars and drive
like idiots if we wanted to, bouncing off of each other like little kids
at a carnival? Wouldn't that be a goof? It would be so much fun, we'd
completely forget about passé gasoline. How yesterday.
And then, when the FAA finally gives inventor
Moller the right to
mass produce his Skycar, we'd take traffic three-dimensional, like in the
silent movie Metropolis, or the Jetsons cartoon, rip up all the asphalt,
so worms and other wildlife would no longer find sad end as squished road
kill! Now that would be urban planning. But we're too busy playing games,
football, soccer, baseball, to think about restoring anything, let alone
our cities, making them livable again. We're like the Romans, in their
arenas, while the lead in their pipes was slowly poisoning them to death...
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