Peak oil doom and gloom
Posted on May 13, 2008 | By wally | 7 responses
There are a lot of “Peak Oil” doom and gloom vibes floating around out there and I think they are emanating mostly from socialism thumping Democrats. And I’d be all doomy, gloomy and depressed also, if I thought the way to energy independence was packed into big no fun, no freedom, everyone goes the same place at the same time, mass transit buses and trains.
Most people don’t readily take to a no fun, no freedom, no hope, tomorrow’s no better than today way of life; but many on the left are giving their best shot at guilting Americans into accepting socialism as some sort of punishment for a raised standard of living.
I don’t get the same doom and gloom vibes over gas prices from people on the right. They tend to focus on a better situation in life, responsible freedom, perhaps a little fun, and most definitely hope over doom & gloom. And why not! Capitalism and freedom make “peak oil” a non-issue. Regardless of supply or lack of supply, as prices go up, capitalists will look for more economical solutions and usually find them.
And by solutions I mean solutions, not a pushcart, not a bike, not public transportation, not even one of these little pseudo-cars that I read about in the Herald. While, it may be good enough for running around town; with a top speed of 35 mph and a range of 50 miles, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure the manufacturer hit their niche market, but gas burning autos are a mass market, and a mass market vehicle demands mass market performance and pizazz.
In fact, to understand just how little performance and pizazz this modern wonder has, you need only to compare this little car to the Baker Electric, which topped out around 25 mph, but had a longer range of 110 miles. In 1909 the Baker may have had performance and pizazz, but similar performance in a car today is rather dull, maybe even dangerous. Tough to think of giving up even high priced gas for this golf cart like auto. This Baker is part of Jay Leno’s Garage. Check it out. He does a great review and even has a test drive clip. Pretty cool! For 100 years ago.
- Acceleration time: 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
- Top speed: electronically limited at 125 mph
- Range: 221 miles on the EPA combined cycle
Performance, pizazz, and technology that will likely trickle down to mass market family cars and minivans. And by the way they are selling these. You know; capitalism, some profit, some jobs, some fun, and a lot of hope for a better future.
Oh, and just for fun.