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Aug. 7th, 2003 | 10:31 am

I read today that Europe is currently in heat wave. Just another reminder of our warming planet.

I've tried convincing people to switch to mass transit as a way of reducing the amount of CO2 we're producing. However people frequently respond with how inconvenient it is. Although being a passenger does bring the opportunity to read or chat on the mobile phone safely, it is less flexible than a car.

To help prevent the extinction of our species (and millions of other species), all of you car drivers should be pushing congress to build a space elevator so we can start putting mirrors in space to keep our planet temperate.

This is less absurd than it sounds as one of my coworkers mentioned that a recent study predicted the elevator should cost between 10 and 50 billion dollars. Yes that means for less than the cost of the Iraq occupation we could have a space elevator.

(And even if we did switch to smaller more efficient cities, it can't be a bad thing to have a space elevator).

Oh yes, the background hypocrisy process in my head just pointed out as I sit next to my air conditioner and multiple computers that I should be agitating for the elevator so we can have solar power satellites. Wonderful guilt free satellite power plants to keep me in life giving electricity.

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T e s s

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from: soulsong
date: Aug. 7th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
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mmmm guilt-free. that's all that matters.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Aug. 7th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Taking public transit also means spending a lot more time traveling. If you enjoy traveling, this isn't so bad. If you enjoy doing stuff, consider time spent getting from here to there to be essentially wasted, and wish you could teleport, it's more of a big deal. Just last weekend, I spent an extra hour and a half traveling, just for the novelty of using LA's public transportation, but that only goes so far. And just the other night, I drove the seven miles to REI in Arcadia in less than ten minutes -- about as long as it would've taken me to walk to the nearest train station, not to mention waiting for the train, taking the train, walking from the station to REI. Oh, and if the train even went to REI. And I live really near the station.

I wish they were more environmentally friendly, but high-speed personal transportation devices really do have some significant time-efficiency advantages over mass transit.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 7th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure if environmentally friendly, high-speed transportation devices can exist. The closest is probably an electric bicycle.

With a more compact city, rail can do well, like this reference city. However to provide space for automobiles LA is really disbursed, upping the transit times of any technology. Though the current system should compare favorably in time to someone needing to commute to downtown LA during peak commuting hours.

An alternative some people are considering is the personal rapid transit technology.

I feel like we're stuck in a local minima and that it will take something really major to force any change.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 7th, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Though riding the train does give you the option to do something else. Perhaps if there were free wireless net access the equation might shift? The ride would be longer but there's more that you can do.

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Happy Fun Nuala

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from: hfnuala
date: Aug. 8th, 2003 01:15 am (UTC)
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I currently make the choice to take the bus rather than my personal transport choice (a bike) because that way I can read. It's only dead time if you choose to make it so.

Also, if you bike places, you can take back the time you spend in the gym if you're someone who does the gym thing.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Aug. 9th, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I've tried convincing people to switch to mass transit as a way of reducing the amount of CO2 we're producing.
Tell volcanoes to stop erupting while you're at it.

However people frequently respond with how inconvenient it is. Although being a passenger does bring the opportunity to read or chat on the mobile phone safely, it is less flexible than a car.
I've mentioned this before. I'd LOVE to take the train to work. It's more than "inconvenient". It's not *practical*. The L.A metro area needs more lines, but to have that, they need more riders. I would leave home at 6:30am (which means getting up at 5:30), not get to work till almost 10 (I'm due in at 9) and because of the *Metro* schedule, I wouldn't get home till about 11pm. So that leaves me LOTS of times to read, study, eat, etc but no time to run errands or do chores around the house. I'd also have to transfer I think 3 times (once on a bus). That leaves me with a whopping *8* hours to be at home, sleep, do laundry, hang out, etc.

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