The next big things

I was interviewed by the Jim Foti of the Strib last month for their beginning of the decade article The next big things
My bit below:

COMMUTING
New light-rail lines, many more MnPass lanes and cars that make driving decisions for you are in the commuting forecast for the next decade, says David Levinson, a civil engineering professor at the University of Minnesota.
Congestion levels won’t change much, he said. The Twin Cities area will have more residents, but the aging population will be working less, and increased telecommuting will mean that people won’t go into work as often.
The Southwest and Central Corridor rail lines are scheduled to start mid-decade, and one or two Minneapolis streetcar lines could be in the mix. Levinson expects highway expansion to mainly take the form of new MnPass lanes, which are for carpools, buses, motorcycles and toll-paying solo drivers.
He sees plug-in hybrids as the dominant car, meaning drivers will be buying less gas, so a per-mile fee will be implemented to replace lost tax revenue. Cars will keep getting safer, he said, with features such as automatic emergency braking and cruise control that adapts to the speed of surrounding traffic.
JIM FOTI

Sustainable Immobility

Link from Bruce Sterling: ElectroSmog:
International Festival for Sustainable Immobility

From the site:

“ElectroSmog is a new festival that explores the concept ‘Sustainable Immobility’ in theory and practice. Sustainable Immobility is first of all a critique of the growing global crisis of mobility. Current forms of hyper-mobility of people and products in travel and transport are ecologically increasingly unsustainable. The will to slow down, however, seems thoroughly absent. The economic crisis may have temporarily slowed matters down, long term projections still point towards exponential growth of worldwide mobility and exploding energy needs. Alternatives for the current state of hyper-mobility need to be designed urgently.”

This group dislikes hyper-mobility, arguing it is unsustainable. Yet, isn’t life unsustainable? Doesn’t astro-physics tell us the sun will immolate the earth?
If this group’s radicalism is really to take root, at the extreme, we should all be trees – giving us sustainable (for everyone else) hyper-immobility.
Anyway, I look forward to local food every winter in Minnesota. Some bark or snow anyone?