Drive Less, Live More … Really

Inconvenient news from Sweden:

What do you expect when you put people in cars they feel good about driving (or at least less guilty), which are also cheap to buy and run? Naturally, they drive them more. So much more, in fact, that they obliterate energy gains made by increased fuel efficiency.

Seems the carbon emissions are not going down the way they were supposed to. Now, what happens if we get Americans to drive greener, more efficient cars. More sprawl? Yikes!

Just can’t win.

Or can we?

Are there forms of transportation we can use more and do more good?

Hmmmmm… I wonder.

I like the green argument for bicycling and walking. My decision to go all-in when I moved to Springfield was primarily a green decision. It’s become so much more, of course. But I think the green argument is still worth making — especially to the Millennials.

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Comments 3

  1. Steve A wrote:

    My weekly allowance is based on the cost my wife experiences driving the Land Rover. She gets some stinkin Prius and it’d cut my goody money a LOT. Green only pays if you get graded on a curve.

    Besides, half the fun of bike commuting is telling my daughter how I ride 50 miles to work every day, in boiling sun or freezing cold, uphill both ways, with semi trucks constantly trying to kill me – so she can drive the Jag two blocks to school. I admit it, I exaggerate just a little at times. She actually has 1.5 miles to get to school.

    Posted 14 Jun 2011 at 7:30 pm
  2. Khal Spencer wrote:

    The math is not good. Too many people worldwide are buying and driving cars. And, in the developing world, eating a lot more meat including high CO2 meat.

    Increases in economy are outstripped by sheer numbers.

    I think we will have to go to a Jetsons world, where energy efficiency leaps ahead by an order of magnitude and we find ways to power this on sustainable, non CO2 sources.

    Posted 14 Jun 2011 at 9:00 pm
  3. Rick Scarlet wrote:

    One good thing about the electric car and bike, you can only go so far before your batteries run out!

    Posted 15 Jun 2011 at 11:13 am