Independence Day

Petrea said something very interesting yesterday. She said she’s never again going to buy a car that runs on gasoline. Ever. Again. Not even a hybrid.

I agree that the gas-powered internal combustion engine is SO last century. I would like to join Petrea in saying that I too will never buy a gasoline-powered vehicle again. This means giving up the idea of getting a mid-life crisis car for my next birthday ending with zero. But what was I thinking anyway? Of course I’d rather have a trip to Paris. Or Buenos Aires. Or Shanghai. Jeez, for the price of a car I could go around the world.

Buh-bye.

The Scout probably will have to buy another gas-powered car for work at some point, because auto makers are coming out with alternative fuel vehicles very slowly.

Still, I like the idea of today being “independence from gas-powered cars” day. Walk-Bus-n-Bike-a-dena!

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Oh, you may make fun of the proposed mylar balloon ban. But they do junk up the neighborhood.

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We need some Scouty goodness.

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2 Responses to “Independence Day”

  1. Palm Axis Says:

    Forget banning balloons. Maybe they should figure out a way to make helium inaccessible. A balloons a balloon until you fill it with helium and let it go. Then it becomes litter. I’m forever dragging balloon remains out of the hills.

  2. Petrea Says:

    I’m glad you thought I said something interesting. The thing that will drive the auto companies to bring reasonably-priced alternative vehicles to the market (we know they have the technology) is the market itself.

    If we demand it, it will come.

    I see no reason to buy even a hybrid. It requires gasoline, and gasoline is outmoded. Like you said, SO last-century.

    I’m in the market for a good used bike for local trips. For farther afield, public transport doesn’t always suffice. I hope the new vehicles are ready by the time my 2001 Nissan falls apart!

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