Grrwat story about cyclists and electric bikes in China.
It’s 8 a.m. and Shanghai is moving.
For the cars and trucks crammed together on the elevated highway cutting through downtown, it’s a slow crawl. On the smaller roads below, traffic is rolling at a steady 10 to 15 kilometers per hour in what looks like a more traditional Chinese street scene. Vying with the cars and trucks for the same strip of pavement are a motley assortment of two- and three-wheeled vehicles–everything from simple steel-frame bikes and heavily laden pedal-powered carts to motorized scooters…
For all the talk of China’s growing infatuation with automobiles, the world’s most populous nation continues to roll primarily on two wheels–and, increasingly, an electric motor drives them. The China Bicycle Association, a government-chartered industry group in Beijing, estimates that last year manufacturers sold 7.5 million electric bikes nationwide–nearly double the sales in 2003–and they are likely to ship more than 10 million this year. That’s three times as many as the most optimistic projections for auto sales in China.
There’s a powerful desire for motorized personal transportation in China. In addition, especially now as its cities sprawl. The electric bicycle is that attractive option for commuters, service people, and couriers [see photo, “Pizza! Pizza!”]. At 1500 to 3000 yuan (US $180 to $360), an electric bike is buyable at a small fraction of the cost of an automobile. It is also exhilarating. Hop on and crank that throttle. With an electric motor built into the hub wheel watch out. That motor will propel you to speeds of 20 km/h or more.
Despite the obvious appeal of electric bikes, some Chinese cities have banned them altogether. In addition, they alleging environmental drawbacks and concerns about public safety. But that hasn’t stopped millions from buying electric two-wheelers in China—an astonishing development for advocates who have struggled for a decade to build a market for electric bikes in the United States and Europe.
BY Peter Fairley // June 2005
Earth’s oil gauge on low put pressure on the proven reserve.
Rising demand puts pressure on proven reserves, which have not seen a significant boost in 30 years.
Earlier this year, Royal Dutch/Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil companies, cut the amount of its proven reserves by 22 percent in a scandal that led to the ouster of top executives at the British- and Dutch-owned company.
While oil prices are near record highs in current dollars, adjusted for inflation prices are well off the highs they hit in the 1970s and early ’80s.
Production of these proven reserves of fossil fuels is expected to rise. Estimates are that it’ll approximately doubling the amount of use of each fossil fuel. Therefore, As world population continues to grow, there will be a limited amount of fossil fuels as they begin to diminish. It won’t be possible to provide the amount of energy demanded by the world. By only using fossil fuels to convert energy is just ludicrous.
Also, there are plenty of ways to convert energy without fossil fuels. In addition, many are being used, although not nearly to their full potential. Therefore and more important, Countries must take action to promote a greater use of renewable energy resources. Some examples are geothermal energy or solar Andy wind power. Also, we can and must be well prepared. Trust that’s there will be a day when the supplies of fossil fuels are not as plentiful as they seem today.
Furthermore, given that the fairly low cost of converting natural resources to energy causes most countries to use fossil fuels. Yes, people use that fossil fuel only as their main source of energy. However, there is a major problem that arises out of this! Simply put natural resources are limited and non-renewable. There is only so much oil, coal, and natural gas that the earth can hold.
Yes, we can’t use these resources as if there’s an unlimited amount for much longer. Some estimates say that there may proven reserves may only be as few as 20 years of oil left. If the world keeps increasing consumption, oil prices will sharply increase. That will result in a possible international economic crisis (EIA). Prices would go up because of the simple economic model of supply and demand. There has been an increasing demand for proven reserves of fossil fuels in the past thirty year. In conclusion, that can be seen by the growing trend of energy produced by all three of the fossil fuels.
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Saw this on EV World and had to just send it out.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
I always remembered in Sunday school that we should be a green as possible to be as religious as possible. Even my Rabbi told me recently that helping to keep our earth clean is a g-dly task.
A key international body of the Anglican Church has declared the wilful destruction of the environment to be a sin as a core group of Australian religious leaders have placed their political weight behind a campaign to fight global warming.
The environmental network of the worldwide Anglican communion has framed an urgent and strongly worded statement to the church’s global leaders warning humanity has failed to fulfil “God’s will for creation” and of the imminent “perilous and catastrophic collapse” of the Earth’s ecosystem.
The advisory body calls for environmental education of its clergy, churches to be built to conserve energy and for pressure to be applied on governments and industries to build sustainable communities “beyond” the Kyoto Protocol. The protocol has not been ratified by Australia.
“We are becoming increasingly aware that the world is being harmed by us, and we know how to eliminate the harm we are doing,” the statement says.
“This is breaking one of the most fundamental commandments known to us, in that we are knowingly causing the degradation of the world’s ecosystems out of our greed and selfishness, rather than living with and protecting the design that issues from the creator’s generosity.”
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