seahorse3 wrote:Dino, luck has everything to do with life. It is luck you were born in the US for example, not merit.
Ug, this is the attitude that gets us in trouble. Yes, your birthing location is out of your control. Personally, I feel incredibly unluckly that I wasn't born to a Tuscan Vineyard owner. But, once you have lived in a place for decades, it isn't all luck how it turns out. If you elect to sit on your ass and not participate that's one thing, but going to hours of meetings each week with your neighbors and representatives, building consensus and having the policy discussions all influence how the place you live in evolves.
seahorse3 wrote:Now, onto the more important point which is this - NG isn't doing anything to mitigate PO on any measurable scale as a transportation fuel. I again refer you to the statistics of number of cars on the road.
I don't disagree with that.
seahorse3 wrote:All this to point out that CNG is not an answer to PO at anytime in the near future. Unless you point me to greater numbers of vehicles on the road than your town of the few hundred thousand cited, then its a non-event.
My point is that it is an event for my community. It's (only) one of the (many) responses we are taking to PO. As far as what we do here being 'an event' for the rest of the world, maybe not so much.
It's funny though, we have delegations come here all the time from places like Atlanta and Houston and all over to 'see how we do things'. This is because we have very low personal vehicle useage for a suburb and most our kids walk to school etc and other jurisdictions recognize that it is an important goal to strive for (less dependence on [driving, energy, etc...]). I imagine they discover that from a "what to do" perspective it's as easy as pie but from 'convincing the natives' it is near impossible. People want to be less dependent on driving everywhere, for everything, all the time but they balk at creating the mixed use density with little parking and with narrow, slow-moving streets that make driving less convienent while making it more desireable to pedestrians.
Back to NG, I worry that if everyone and industry did switch over to an NG transportation system, we might later be disapointed because NG depletes like a step function rather than smoothly and the price is more volatile than oil. But, basically there is a lot of uncertainty and deliberate misinformation (which I think is really the point of this thread) and that's why on the energy for transportation front, I advocate more for diversification/choices in my community, than advocating any particular fuel.