posted on May, 5 2005 @ 03:33 AM
well i see acouple of ways to help the enviroment. for one thing we need more efficisant things to be AFORDIBLE. not many can actualy afford to buy
new devices that are more efficiant. especialy when it come to things like apliances and vehicles. for many a "new" one is realy about 10-20 years
old. even the newwer "green" lightbulbs for example, they cost up to 5 times more, and then don't last nearly as long as the old style, or the
brightness is greatly reduced. personaly i had to give up on them as they were costing way too much to constantly replace.
with cars and trucks. there is a couple of factors that have a lot of people buying "suvs", one is the fact that they tend to be viewed as safer,
simply put they survive accidents better. an suv for example can end up with minor damage that does not render the vehicle undriveable in the same
circumstance that a "smaller more efficiant" car gets destroyed in. my mother once had an accident in our minivan that caused a small dent and one
tire should have been replaced, the car was compleatly destroyed in that collision. in the same van i hit a deer at speeds over 130kph. two doors
needed work as well as the fender undented. a car in the same circumstance would have been destroyed and a good chance of severe injury or death to
occupants. also just for fun take a 1970, mid-sized car and see how much force it takes to put a dent in them. a new lighter car can be dented with
very little force. an suv on the otherhand still has some streagth in their pannels.
then you have the "size"factor. a suv is more usable for many tasks. you should see some of the fun that people have trying to transport objects in
a newwer car. objects that easily fit into an suv. also most cars tend to have very small rear seating in them even front seats are a bit crampted.
this is why minivans have sold so well. frankly they are usefull to have. when i owned my van i hade people always needing my help , because their car
could not handle what they needed. we need to have decent sized efficiant vehicles that actualy have room in them. what has been going on in the last
25 or so years is "lightening" cars to use a smaller moter, this means reduceing weight by downsizeing, as well as useing thinner materials and
inferior metals such as aluminum which is very easy to damage.
now lets talk about transit. frankly put here takeing transit actualy COSTS MORE than driveing my old truck. why would anyone want to spend more to
put up with the inconveinance of transit? then there is the differance in travel times. just for example driveing to work takes me 1/2 hour- 45 min.
takeing transit to the same place takes over 3 hours. then you have to always keep scheduals and last/ first bus times in mind. cars are just so much
what needs to be done to make transit more viable? well the first thing is to majorly reduce fares. just think if it is cheaper to drive an inoficant
vehicle while alone that a second person involved means that you are now paying twice as much. a third is three times as much ect. so for any family
transit is MUCH more expensive then driveing. hecki once decided that driveing to my grandparrents (over 4 hours away) was going to be stuipid just
because my parrents were stayin a couple of days longer. then i priced out the train ticket one way. whoops gas for a round trip was about $40,
trainfair ONE WAY was about $80 guess what i drove. (and at that time i had an even more innificant engine installed than was called for, guess why?
it was CHEAPER).
now we have a subway here, this make transit a bit more viable IF you ONLY have to take it. it still takes about twice as long though, but is a little
more liveable. if they were to MASIVLY expand the subway then it would drasticaly cut down times though it will still take longer then driveing. also
ther would need to be transit available 24/7 with decent intervals between busses. if you have tried takeing a bus at night you learn quickly that for
every time you need to transfer busses you may wait half an hour at each stop. that in itself can cause my trip home from work to a nasty 4 1/2- 5
hours if i get stuck on a night shift. i mentioned 24/7, well some transit systems don't operate on sundays. even saturdays you may have masive waits
at transfer points as only dureing rush hours is there realy good service times. and lets not forget that many busses don't run much after 8 or 9 at
night. now how much can you take on a city bus as compared to a car? on a bus you are pretty much limmited as to what you can carry. again this is
very inconveiniant as you may have to make 3 or more shopping trips (and remember that each trip will cost more than driveing
[edit on 5-5-2005 by drogo]