20 May '11, 9pm

The Death Of The Automobile

New monograph from New Zealand asks and answers some thorny questions Friends of the Earth New Zealand has just published a short, dense booklet that no one will want to read but that everyone should. "Cars at the End of an Era--Transport Issues in the New Zealand Greenhouse" by Dr. John Robinson makes a very convincing case that the days of both the private automobile and the era of travel by aircraft will one day come to an end--or at least be severely curtailed--probably sooner than later. This is for fairly obvious reasons. Both depend heavily on fossil fuels, which are running out and which are primary drivers of global climate disruption. And, Dr. Robinson argues, substitutes simply won't work at the scale necessary. Electric cars would almost certainly need fossil-fueled electricity, they rely on heavy batteries loaded with toxic materials, and they are practical ma...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-may/the-death-of-the-au...

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