He wants us to buy hybrid cars and compact fluorescent lightbulbs. He proposes many other things like thatâincluding walking and biking âwherever possibleâ?âbaby steps in the right direction. Add up all the baby steps and, sure, itâs a tick in the right direction, sort of like getting people to move their beach chairs a yard higher up on the sand as the tsunami approaches. Itâs a major political achievement to upset all those dozing sunbathers and make it happen. Think of the sacrifice: drinks will spill and hundreds of square inches of mayonnaise surface will be fouled with sand. But tens of lives could be saved.
A Convenient Lie at Clever Chimp is quite a depressing post about just how screwed we potentially are. Everyone who drives should be made to read this.
Today I had to take a heavy and awkward package to the post office for delivery to one of my out-of-town customers, at the same time I was watching my daughter. Juggling errands and child-rearing is one of the most commonly cited examples I hear for why the bicycle/car-free lifestyle isn't realistic.
While A Day in The Life at Oil is For Sissies is a bit more optimistic.
I'm not sure what point I'm making. Just read the links.