Cities and suburbs, real and imaginary.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thinking about the end of the world

I was thinking about the end of the world, again. (I do that sometimes. You know, I'm an SF Author?) And, I was thinking about semis.

So much of our infrastructure is built around the notion that we can move goods in a large truck from point A to point B. But, that's not going to be true much longer.

Unless we can come up with some decent, non-polluting alternative fuels, our whole lifestyle is f-ed. Because food, clothing, and shelter all start far away and move towards us on trucks. It's why every suburb in this country is a clone of the other, with the same large houses, retail shopping complexes, and grocery stores that all carry the same foods.

What's going to happen when the trucks are no longer economically viable?

Don't think it can't happen. It almost did happen last summer.

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