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    Advocate of Car-Free on TV today!

    So they were having a television show today on the local television about our dependence on oil, and they had a guy on there who wrote a book about it and about how we need to find alternative forms of oil. They were speculating on whether we're running out of oil or if we just need to find other forms of energy. I called in, and I was the only caller they let on air. I advocated finding other forms of alternative energy, mentioning that we don't do enough here in the USA to look for cleaner, alternative fuel sources, which is a problem for our children and the future populations of the world. I also advocated doing everything by bike, and I started to go into that a bit more when I mentioned that we are too dependent on the Middle East and reminded them that crude oil went to $60 a barrel, which barely affects me since I bike, and boy did the host of the show pounce all over that, and that's what they spent the rest of the show discussing!

    I actually am going to write the show and ask them to do one about alternative forms of transportation and how it can help us with being less dependent on oil. That's the first time I've been on air, and I think I done good!

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    Go, Koffee!

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    Whooo hooooo!

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    that's great, good for you.
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    Well done! See if you can get a recording of the show and post a clip here.
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    awesome
    Koffee for president !!!!

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    Koffee, you're my hero.
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    Whoohoo Koffee!! Word!

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    You go, girl!
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    Way to go Koffee. You keep after them bastards.
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    Good Job!

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    Preach it!

    It's nice to "know" somebody who's part of the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy
    Well done! See if you can get a recording of the show and post a clip here.
    Dunno how likely that is, but I'd love to see it as well!
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    thats a cool post koffee. but you use the word "advocate". why hasn't this thread been moved to the advocacy section yet.
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    Because it's about carfree, not car hate.

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    i tried to say why i strongly dislike car culture but you moved that so to be incendiary i used the word hate
    Coffee is good, coffee is great.
    Coffee will help us to
    Smash the state!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretSatellite
    thats a cool post koffee. but you use the word "advocate". why hasn't this thread been moved to the advocacy section yet.
    Hmmm... you certainly seem to have an axe to grind. Just an observation.
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    yep, i do
    hmmmmmmmm.........
    Coffee is good, coffee is great.
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    Smash the state!

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    It would be great to go car free totally,however some of us live far from work ,for many a car is a necesary evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretSatellite
    yep, i do
    hmmmmmmmm.........
    Obviously from the subscript.

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    James, I think you're entirely right about cars being an unavoidable necessity for most people. It's good to have encouragement and support from people who share the vision of a less car dependent world, even if they can't personally manage it under current circumstances.

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    I can totally see how it's necessary to have a car. If you live far enough away from the job and/or have crappy transportation alternatives, a car is going to come in handy. I ain't crazy.... if I live in the middle of nowhere and there's no way to get from home to point B, I'm getting a car. Or if I live in a city where transportation is spotty to nonexistent, a car is a necessity.

    Still, I'm glad to always live in areas that are easily accessible by bike. Now how to do some things by bike... that's the question...

    Koffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by James H Haury
    It would be great to go car free totally,however some of us live far from work ,for many a car is a necesary evil.

    Have you (or at least the folks that you're talking about) considered moving closer to work or seeking alternative employment? Just pointing out that it might be less of a necessity and more of a desire. I don't think that most americans are capable of the distinction between the two. I find that the "necessity" of a car has kept many people impoverished as well.

    I have two new neighbors (married) across the street who I believe to be retired, both of them easily in their mid 70's. They don't own a car, and walk everywhere. I think that if they did own one, or especially two cars, and operated them with the same frequency as most americans, they would almost certainly require at the very least part time jobs for both of them, or full time employment for one. Instead, they're able to enjoy retirement together.

    Sorry for the off-topic post.


    Edit: I don't mean to imply that I would even enjoy a car-free world, or that it's right for absolutely everyone, but I think it would work for far more people than most would like to admit.
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    There are such thing as 'busses' you know. And in my area they are starting to go electric...

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    In general I think it's hard for people to relocate in order to be close to their job. Many employers move from one suburban area to another every few years, and they often lay off people, too.

    Right now I think being carfree outside the largest cities has to be considered an experimental lifestyle. It could become easier to do in the future as carfree thinking slowly filters into the awareness of urban planners, architects and engineers.

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