Objective: By Dec 2015 make Fremont self-reliant and the world center for sustainable technologies by:
Embrace the Stockdale Paradox of unwavering faith that we will prevail while facing the brutal facts of our current reality (Admiral Stockdale led US POW's for 8 years in the Hanoi Hilton POW Camp, book Good to Great). Recognize the brutal facts that:
Oil energy available to 6th Graders when they wish to have families will be 85% less than today.
Debt is the tax on future labor. Adults have borrowed $50,096 against the future labor of each child.
Delay will cost lives as oil's Potato Famine cascades from higher gasoline prices, to foreclosures to no gasoline at any price. Oil's Potato Famine is the monolithic dependence on a source of energy 100% outside the self-reliance of the people of Fremont. There are no oil wells in Fremont.
We know adults did not intend so much harm, but the facts are facts.
Pass Victory Garden Resolution calling on all on the City and all citizens to plant Victory Gardens so oil supply shocks will not become famines (personal gardens accounted for 40% of food during World War II).
Pass Performance Resolution granting access to rights of way to anyone willing to risk private capital to build transportation networks that exceed 120 passenger-miles per gallon.
Create 3,000 jobs in Fremont building and exporting sustainable infrastructure solutions.
Freight railroads average 480 ton-miles per gallon. We know radically more efficient transportation is practical. Morgantown's Personal Rapid Transit network has delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger miles. We know radically safer transportation is practical.
We will create 3,000 jobs in Fremont installing and building the infrastructure, electric motors, electronics and technologies necessary to change the lifeblood of our economy from oil to ingenuity.
We will build a solar-powered JPods network, or our competitors will their networks, in Fremont to achieve the efficiency of railroads and safety of PRT. We will eliminate the pollution and 2-to-8 deaths per year. We will democratize access to mobility: regardless of age, ability or wealth.
Life requires energy. Oil is finite so life and nations based on oil are terminal.
Less affordable energy, less life. Even without the oil supply shocks of the 1970, as gasoline prices increase people have more and more difficulty affording to pay for both their mortgage and commute. Building the JPods network in Hull my cut the number of cars a family needs and save families a car payment per month.
"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day."
"A severe energy crunch is inevitable without a massive expansion of production and refining capacity. While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious economic impact on both China and India. At best, it would lead to periods of harsh economic adjustment. To what extent conservation measures, investments in alternative energy production, and efforts to expand petroleum production from tar sands and shale would mitigate such a period of adjustment is difficult to predict. One should not forget that the Great Depression spawned a number of totalitarian regimes that sought economic prosperity for their nations by ruthless conquest."
"Energy production and distribution infrastructure must see significant new investment if energy demand is to be satisfied at a cost compatible with economic growth and prosperity."
"The discovery rate for new petroleum and gas fields over the past two decades (with the possible exception of Brazil) provides little reason for optimism that future efforts will find major new fields."
Foward by General James N Mattis
Counting walking, ticketing and travel time from the Blue Cross, areas in Green are 10 minutes, areas in Yellow are in 20 minutes and areas in Red are in 30 minutes. Black lines represent computer instructions on distances for calculating travel times, not precise routes.
More images by Robert Therrien and Judeth Van Hamm matching JPods technology to local esthetics. This network is primarily locally owned. Local interests will make the decisions.
Redwood City example network:
Daly City example network:
There is a profit in saving people time and money.
I am grateful to the students of Warm Springs for this wonderful artwork: