This is an old saying from a myth: “may you live in an interesting era.” “We Britons do live in an interesting era at present, because the epidemic, rising energy prices, global supply chain problems and the departure of truck drivers in EU countries after brexit have brought us all kinds of shortages from fresh vegetables in supermarkets to carbon dioxide in food industry.” What is particularly worrying is the shortage of vehicle fuel at gas stations. Among the people queuing to buy fuel pumps, it is reported that the number of Britons searching for electric vehicle information on the Internet has reached an all-time high.
Nothing makes you green more than a crisis
My Volkswagen Polo was launched in 2018
How I miss my car. There is EMF in 2018.
This sudden interest in low-carbon cars may be due to queuing rather than worrying about the earth, but there is no doubt that as a culture, if we want to reduce carbon dioxide production and achieve our climate goals, we should take this action. In the next few years, we must make a series of lifestyle changes, and our car choice is just one of them Once again, back to the embattled Britons, a series of environmental protests have caused great damage to the highway network around London, not protesting traffic, but a campaign for better family insulation.
For personal reasons rather than principles, earlier this year, I gave my trusted Volkswagen Polo to an old friend of Volks, and now I rely on a bicycle. Living where I need to be within reach is not as challenging as I expected. In addition to saving a little cash, I know that my overall health has improved. Tho, er, I now There is less demand for cars than before. I plan to find another car for myself at the right time, so that I can do some stupid things, such as throwing a hakoday village in the back, and then driving across half Europe to a hacker camp. I realize that whatever I choose, I should do my best to benefit the planet. I have been cruising around the second world Handcart website, see what I can find.
Roll cut fat
Of course, I want an electric car, but there is one obstacle that many of you will undoubtedly share with me. Electric cars are not cheap. As a poor scribe, I can almost find a scribe with a history of about ten years, but when its scope is less than that I can easily ride a bike without fatigue, it is just a very expensive car project for me. I came to a strange conclusion: one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles I can find is the least environmentally friendly on the surface. If I drive a diesel car in the 1980s, biodiesel extracted from vegetable oil, when I live from an industrial processor, I can easily get it from it, and then I can drive as close to a carbon neutral place as possible.
The back of the Mercedes Benz says “biodiesel”.
The car is green, but not the right green. Mejidori, public domain.
So I can buy a super reliable old Mercedes to sing a song and float around on the fat of used potato chips, but here I have a problem. When it comes to green, green is regarded as green rather than important. Therefore, our overall attitude towards this issue is perception and technology, not price. In short: it is easy for high-income people to buy an electric car, heat insulation for their homes, install solar panels or buy a heat pump. However, for the low-income people who account for the majority of the population, even if they are emitting carbon dioxide, they can’t afford to replace the gas boiler. Many of these things are still a distant dream.
My chip fat Merc can say that the net carbon dioxide emission per mile is lower than that of Tesla. Tesla’s power comes from coal-fired or gas-fired power stations, but the general view around the world is that it is old and dirty. I should give it up, achieve the impossible goal in some way, and find cash to buy Tesla.
That’s the problem. If the desire that only the rich can enjoy a green life is translated into legislation and the requirements are imposed on people at all levels of society, there will inevitably be a disconnect between desire and reality. This understandably leads to the dissatisfaction of those who are unable to meet the environmental requirements.
If only a few people can afford environmental protection, how can we achieve our goal?
This should attract the attention of environmentalists and politicians, but more closely, it is also a problem for our engineers. When we use high-tech solutions to solve environmental problems, our attention often focuses on the elegance of the solutions rather than the practicability of large-scale adoption. We should think about how to transform the heat pump system into a effortless upgrading for people with low income, or why the electric conversion industry of fossil fuel vehicles, except for a few classic cars, did not take off despite its promising prospects. If the customer can’t make $10000 at the beginning, it’s no use saying that buying something more than $10000 can save so much money in so many years. To make progress on these things, they can’t just be a lifestyle choice that enables the rich to pat themselves on the back for their Checkbook environmentalism.
As a writer, it will be a convenient way to express “paid the price of the earth” with a humorous single sentence, which means the cost and urgency that can not be paid at one time. But it’s best to end with a question: if you have a good idea about climate saving technology, can the people who provide Uber eats orders afford it? If not, we need to do more work to call it a solution.