The title of the article from the New York Times is "It's time to adapt to damage, global warming forum agrees." In it, writer Andrew Revkin discusses the international climate talks in New Delhi. At one point, he discusses ozone depleting chemicals, then states,
The entire article can be read at: The New York Times WebsiteBut no ready substitutes exist for cheap, plentiful fossil fuels. Many experts say the use of coal and oil is bound to keep rising for decades, particularly as poor countries climb the economic ladder from bicycles and water buckets to cars and washing machines.
As a bicyclist, I feel that putting the bicycle into the same reference as water buckets and then contrasting that with cars and washing machines does a huge disservice to bicycles as a legitimate mode of transportation, and also as the technological marvals of engineering efficiency that they represent. What are your thoughts?