I have a new post up at the group environmental blog The Clade, where I’ve become a regular contributor: Driving to Sinai. It’s a thorough revamping of an old essay about forests and highways, focusing especially on water issues. I get a little cranky toward the end:

There’s a television ad for the new Prius that shows a grateful natural world exploding into bloom as the fuel-conserving vehicle glides past. Like so many of the environmental “solutions” touted by greeniacs these days (We can grow all the biofuels we need! We can run our cities on wind and solar power!) this fantasy of an earth-friendly automobile represents a toxic combination of ecological ignorance and wishful thinking.

6 Replies to “Elsewhere”

  1. That’s justifiable crankiness, Dave. Very much in line with Richard Heinberg’s statement in The Ecologist (38(4), p.19): “We don’t need alternative cars; we need alternatives to cars, starting with ways to reduce our need to travel”.

    1. I agree with that. I love public transportation, especially trains. The U.S. is really behind the rest of the so-called developed world in that regard.

    1. No, they aren’t. Good summary. At least on the beef front, one can make up for it by eating Bambi (which, I realize, some people also consider unpalateable, but it must be done!).

  2. Kia ora Dave,
    Great post, and as to our “relationships” with automobiles and “getting back” to Nature, Edward Abbey summed it up best. “In the first place you can’t SEE anything from a car; you hav to get out of the god damned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood beging to mark your trail you’ll see something. Probably not.”

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