PV1, it's wonderful to see the thousands of bicycles in use in, for example, Copenhagen. Bicycles, complemented by electric bicycles, as slowly making inroads into our culture.
In the big picture, there are two considerations -
2. Energy efficiency
If energy generation can become emissions-free, then efficiency, while laudable, becomes less of a consideration. For example, almost all of my (inefficient) electric-car driving and home power consumption utilizes emissions-free energy. It's adverse emissions we need to curb … no, eliminate
, and, as pointed out in the article, figure out how to reverse
Here's the precursor article (to the one above) talking about 2degC:http://www.vox.com/2014/4/22/5551004/two-degrees
Unchecked, we're heading for a 4.9degC
rise by the end of this century. Terrible legacy we're leaving the next generations, especially when knowing what needs to be done NOW to prevent that. Don't get me going on the absence of political will to do that.
Sadly, a significant percentage of the population still denies that we are facing a crisis.