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Getting Around Without Fossil Fuels

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 16, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified May 15, 2012

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions BikeSharing in Toronto. There are dozens of storage areas like this where members of Toronto's bikesharing organization can check out a bike. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson While challenging, it is possible to get away from our dependence on fossil fuels when it comes to our transportation needs Last week I laid out some arguments on why we should wean ourselves from fossil fuels, and offered some suggestions of how we could go about doing that in our homes—by superinsulating, switching to oil- and gas-free heating, and converting to renewable electricity. Those steps certainly aren’t easy or inexpensive, but there’s a pretty clear path for doing so. With transportation it’s a lot more challenging, particularly in non-urban areas where we’re more dependent on automobiles. Petroleum is uniquely suited to fueling our cars and trucks. Gasoline and diesel are highly concentrated fuels that allow a little to go a long way. They are liquid at the conditions where we use them without putting them under pressure, so we can pump them into our fuel tanks relatively easily and with (relatively) low risk. What are the options if we want to get off fossil fuels? read more






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