No cars is better than electric cars

The government of my state has slapped a road tax on electric cars, and I was happy to sign a petition opposing this move. It is an impost on NOT polluting. Electric cars are infinitely better than CO2-farting transport.

Fellow conservationist Thomas Schlabe objected. He pointed out, rightly, that electric vehicles use far more copper and other minerals that need to be mined, which causes environmental destruction.

This is another example of what the Second Report of the Club of Rome demonstrated way back in the 1970s: technology can solve any problem, but, inevitably, one or more other problems will become worse.

Where I live, being without a private vehicle is a genuine form of hardship. There are large distances to most everywhere, public transport is inadequate, and improving it is difficult and expensive. The problem is land use design.

The solution is to redesign human living space to reduce, or preferably eliminate, the need for private road transport.

I am glad to see that Lloyd Alter agrees with me.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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5 Responses to No cars is better than electric cars

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Sound Eagle my dear friend, you should read my (so far unpublished) Doom Healer series.

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  2. Grrr…. Cars are still too slow and cumbersom. Teleportation, please!!!


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