Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Let’s electrify the transportation system!

There’s lots to consider on Earth Day: lots of progress in some areas, lots of problems in other areas, lots of potential solutions, lots of roadblocks to solutions. 
I’ll just mention one potential solution (to multiple problems), part of my usual refrain: Electrify the transportation system!
Converting the surface transportation network to electric power won’t fix every problem, but it’s hard to see how the big problems can be fixed without it.  It moves us toward a lower carbon footprint (if we simultaneously promote cleaner electricity generation), energy independence, cleaner air, and long-term sustainability.

There are many things we can do to advance electrification, but here’s one initiative I like.  Paris has some big time, big city air pollution issues (see a recent story here).  One of the steps they have taken toward cleaner urban transportation is “Autolib’ Paris,” which bills itself as “the full electric car-sharing service for Paris” (their website here).  Sure looks to me like an idea worth pursuing!

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