Zenn and the Art of Driving
Now I am not a big fan of cars. They are probably the most CO2 heavy component of our daily lives and among the least dispensable or modifiable of our needs in the way our society is set up. In short, in just about any term I perceive, term we are stuck with this type of transport mode, until our governments start some serious re-planning of our transportation infrastructure and needs.
Cars are not only expensive to run and a burden on the climate through their CO2 emissions, they also take a huge toll, in their manufacture (mining, refining and transport of raw materials) and they destroy the fabric of our urban lives through roads, parking lots, high speed expressways and suburbanization of our living environment with attendant toll on living space and impacts on our fellow creatures in the form of roadkill and reduced habitat. In short there is very little I can find that is redeeming in the car. We have been sold a bill of goods, that the car represents a “free” lifestyle and that nature and the car are like a hand and glove. And we have bought it lock, stock and four barrel carbs.
So when I see the foofra around whether we should license the electric car as a road worthy substitute for the gas and diesel monsters we have degrading just about everything in our lives and the lives of our fellow creatures, I feel like, well, “here we go again”. Folks, just about the only thing I can say about the electric car in comparison to the fossil fuel guzzlers is that it is slightly less destructive, I think. And I am not quite sure that they are better when all the factors are taken into account. We still have to get the raw materials out of the ground, refine it, ship it, manufacture it and then drive it. But now we have rare, toxic materials in the batteries that need to be refined, cradle to grave, so that we don’t wallop the environment again. But that aside. We still churn up the countryside so that we can splatter bugs on the windshield, continue the reduction of our cities to motor clogged parking lots and sell our collective souls to the transportation demons.
And we name it things like the “Zenn” car like we have achieved some higher morality if we drive the stupid thing. Come on! Do the math. This is a business with its own ethic and the ethic is to make you buy the product over and over and over again to keep the economic engines churning. There is nothing zen like in the product at all and the only thing you will “enlighten” is your wallet!
So, before we debate the lessor of two evils into the next life with yet another reincarnation of the same monster, look at the big, ugly picture. Too many cars, too much consumption. GM or Zenn? Not a choice at all!
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