I have yet to hear an adequate explanation for how im going to get $4000 worth of tools and materials around on a bike.
Sorry, good point, should have added that to the exemptions as well. But your truck can more than run on biofuels, or even hydrogen. Especially if other people are riding bikes and not ramping up demand for transportation fuels.
Because the technology necessary to make a better version now isn't really there. Well, to some degree. The problem is as much the consumer as it is the car companies. Americans need to stop looking at driving as a right, and the first thought process when traveling. Holy crap, get out for a bike ride. It's great, extremely more efficient than any car will ever be, good for your health, and way better for the environment. Long distances, we should be making trains, and using biofuels for energy. They're carbon neutral in use, and we have more than enough renewable biomass available in this country to make it work. It just takes a huge investment, and the only entity I know of that will ever take such a huge, long term investment is the government.
I think what's being skipped over in your post is the potential for future technological innovation. It doesn't exist now, so shouldn't we be trying to work to make those technologies happen.
Trying to build up a public transportation system is, to me, a mistake. You do not want the government controlling your movement. Consider how we have no fly lists that are managed without transparency in an obviously paranoid and corrupt manner. Do you want the same thing on the bus you use to go to work?
Just because this stuff doesn't necessarily happen in other countries that much (if at all) doesn't mean it can't happen here. At some point we need to learn from the long history of government corruption, no?
I think your characterization is extremely far off. Look at the highway and interstate system. It's huge
, and I marvel at the amount of paved roads we have in this country. It does anything but restrict my movement, it gives me a hell of a lot of freedom. Freedom I otherwise wouldn't have. Public transportation and infrastructure for travel do anything
but restrict peoples movement. It opens it up. We take it for granted that we can just travel across the country, on easily marked roads, that are moderately well maintained.
We also need to learn from the long list of government success, as well. History is full of examples of governance working, and working well. And yes, we should learn from our history of governmental corruption. But learning doesn't mean fleeing from, we should learn that we have to be involved, and active in our own governance. Which includes market actions.
Oh, and I never said improvements couldn't be made. But there are real and significant technological problems with alternative fuel cars. Yes, oil companies and et al. do their damnedest to keep the competition at bay. The problem is what we expect, as consumers, in the product we buy. It's the way we live, and the demands we put on cars to do what they do.
I'm actually building an electric car, right now, for the Shell Eco-Marathon. The car's for the competition aren't meant to get you across the country at 70mph. They're meant to be able to drive you around the city at 15-25 mph. Maybe 40 if you're pushing it.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. I think people forget about the first one.