Here’s an excellent blog post by Adam Shake at Twilight Earth.
As I said in my reply there, this piece by Adam hits on something fundamental that our car-pushing overclass is working very hard to shield from our consciousness:
The basic fact is that energy supply is merely an aspect of physics and Earth geology. Even electric cars require a fuel source for making the electricity. Coal and uranium and the very energy-intensive materials and processes needed to build wind and solar are all finite.
The reign of automobiles is the problem, and it has no viable long-term solution, wish and dream as we might. Every day we waste on the sponsored “alt-fuel” fantasies is one more weight we are adding to the punishment we are imposing on our children and grandchildren.
And, of course, I forgot to mention there the almost-always unmentioned — the billions who need land, water, and energy now, in order to avoid starvation, the most basic diseases, and extreme misery.