Comment 49459

By jasonaallen (registered) - website | Posted October 14, 2010 at 08:41:25

Turbo, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but not only is the passenger vehicle not 'here to stay', it has a life span of maybe 10 years for anyone but the uber rich. With the military/govts of the US, UK, and Germany all saying we are going to face chronic fuel shortages in that time, it's a good opportunity to reconsider how we plan and structure our cities.

And as for the 'alternative fuels', well, they either don't exist in any usable format (i.e. Hydrogen which requires more energy to create than it produces), or require so much infrastructre that they might as well not exist. For instance, if we were going to switch the entire passenger vehicle fleet over to electric, we'd have two choices: Build the equivalent of a Darlington or Bruce Nuclear every three years for the next decade, or plunge the entire province into a series of rolling blackouts and power scarcity. Last time I looked, it takes about 20 years just to get the regulatory approval for a nuclear plant, much less build the darn thing.

The redesign of York is a golden opportunity for you (and others who feel as strongly about car culture as you do) to get out and explore 'human scale urban planning'. Might as well start soon, because in probably less than a decade, you're not going to have a choice.

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