6.28.2007

Zapped


The Greenneck spent Tuesday spewing carbon, as he jetted down to NYC and back to meet with Malcolm Bricklin.

If you drive a Subaru, you owe Malcolm (or perhaps he owes you); he’s the guy who brought the brand to the US (of course, he’s also the guy who delivered us Yugo…). Right now, Bricklin is in the middle stages of an effort to bring a Chinese made plug-in electric hybrid to US shores. It’s an unbelievably ambitious project, though it’s immediately obvious that the guy has no shortage of ambition: At 68 he moves faster than most, including the Greenneck, who found it slightly exhausting just talking to the guy.

Every time the Greenneck visits an urban environment (not often, but work calls), he’s astonished at the rampant waste of energy. For 30 minutes, he stood in line for a cab with perhaps 80 other travel-weary folk; most of the cabs sped away with one rider, heading to destinations that were surely often within spitting distance of one another. Most of the cars the Greenneck spotted from the rear of his cab carried only their driver, who was usually talking on a cell phone. The Greenneck would have loved to talk about this with someone, but his cabbie couldn’t understand him and he was, like most of the other cab riders, alone.

The Greenneck has studied plug-in electric vehicles in great detail and he is a believer in the technology. He likes Bricklin, who has a taste for psychedelic art featuring handguns, large breasts, cars, and himself. He hopes Bricklin can pull something off, thought the odds are daunting. But mostly, he doesn’t want to go back to the city anytime soon.

2 comments:

  1. "Every time the Greenneck visits an urban environment (not often, but work calls), he’s astonished at the rampant waste of energy. For 30 minutes, he stood in line for a cab with perhaps 80 other travel-weary folk; ..."

    What an ass. Instead of taking the wonderful, easy, cheap mass transit, he chose to take a taxi? Uh, yeah, that's green!

    Perhaps the PollutingSelfSatisfiedNeck should do some research on the comparable per capita levels of pollution between cities and the country, and make some more responsible transportation choices.

    Next time you come to NYC, let me know, and I'll arrange a pedicab for you.

    Thanks for polluting our city! Way to go!

    (BTW, if you really need to take a taxi next time, walk over to 34th and 9th ave. You'll get a taxi almost immediately.)

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  2. Pyrrho12:44 AM

    Yes, this is where we are headed. While the world fades we will bicker about who is more green. I think I'm more depressed over the smug, holier-than-thou, slightly solipsistic self righhtousness of the whole new post-Gore green movement. I think we will get to a point where the far left of the green movemment will give Christian fundamentalists a run for their money when it comes to laying claim to salvation. Thanks for trying to do nothing more than simply being yourself Ben. Me, I don't trust anyone who knows they are right.

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