Obama has come out recently and said all new cars will need to meet at least 40 mpg standards. That's great, it's about time. Why are we the only country that still make new cars that only get 12-15 mpg? This is one area where I really appreciate government regulation. EPA regulations concerning emissions have really helped keep our environment clean and healthy. Citizens of LA can actually see each other again. There is no incentive in a free market system for companies to not pollute. Except for really innovative companies who find ways to reuse their waste to increase their bottom line, most companies have decided its cheaper to send it to a landfill, emit it, burn it, waste it, etc... Unless we as citizens act through our government to keep strict environmental regulations, our entire country will turn into one big landfill smog pit marsh wasteland that is beyond hope and where babies are born with 3 arms (re: Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Detroit, El Paso, Corpus Christi, etc...). So good job Obama. He's also pushing a big thing right now for white roofs which make help increase reflectivity, decrease roof absorbtion of light and heat, and lead to the reduction of the heat island effect (major cities can be 3-4 degrees hotter than the surrounding area). Heat island effect not only forces more energy to be used in cooling buildings, but it also has impacts on the netural landscape and vegetation. And I personally sweat like a pig when the temp. exceeds 73 degrees.
But that is not really my point of today's post. Where are the cars we were promised? Great, so we now have cars that can go further on a tank of gas, but where are the cars that don't need gas and only run on trash? Or better yet, that run on mind power. I will my car to go, so it goes. Is that a limitation of auto manufacturers or of my brain? Do you think that's air you're breathing? Hm? But seriously, where are the cars that drive themselves, have swivel sits so you can face the passengers, have integrated gps/computer/theater systems? The great movies have been promising us awesome cars for a long time, but the auto industry has fallen drastically short of this goal. Flying cars? Cars that just know? Where the hell are they? The best we can get is a built in GPS system and a car that can parallel park itself between champagne glasses. For awesome cars see Demolition Man, Fifth Element, Back to the Future (no, not the Delorian, but the cars in the future), Artificial Intelligence, and definitely Minority Report and iRobot. Where are those cars?
Don't make me take matters into my own hands (see picture above).