Monday, March 31, 2008
End of an Era?
I read an interview with a framebuilder the other day who said he believes the era of the automobile is over. I'm not sure I totally agree with that but I do believe that the era of the gasoline-powered automobile is rapidly coming to an end. There simply is not enough fossil fuel left to meet the demands of a thirsty global population. If you are unfamiliar with the notion of "peak oil" and the changes that a diminished supply of petroleum will surely bring, you can start by reading this article by James Kuntsler. Fact: The price of oil (by the barrel) has doubled in the last five years. And if you think it's coming back down, think again. Any way you slice it, the bicycle will make a big comeback, not as a recreational vehicle but as a means of everyday transportation. And the sooner the better.