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Traditional transport -- Energetics

For Sustainability, the most important facet of a mode of transport is how much energy is spent in moving a person (or a ton) one mile. Here we compare important modes in the developed world, stressing energy use (we will sooner or later distinguish personal from freight modes):

Traditional transport -- Other problems

Auto problems

  • Worldwide auto glut
  • Two Billion Cars Sperling & Gordon Book LS; Transp Kl Co Pictures the world if every 3rd person owned a car
  • Cities' lack of adequate parking
  • Widespread lack of substitute modes
  • Most passenger cars are driven with just one occupant

'Peak Oil' will drive up fuel costs

$20 Per Gallon Christopher Steiner Book, Video Transij, Transp Kl Co Subtitled "How the inevitable rise in the price of gasoline will change our lives for the better." Lots of good information, and very likely correct in many of his conclusions. However, he's also a writer for Forbes, so his pronouncements, especially about the future of nuclear energy, must be considered in that light. There's a good review here.

Most modes cause various kinds of pollution

Effects of climate change

Deep Green Briggs Video Envir Kl Co Solutions for combating global warming. Michael Pollan, Amory Lovins, lots of footage in China.

Other resource shortages

The "last mile" problem

"Green" transport

This essentially includes several new (& some very old) modes of transport. [We need a chart showing feasible alternatives to existing non-sustainable modes, esp. the individual petroleum-driven car. Also a chart of non-automobile transport in various large cities.]

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