The World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs

Monday, June 03, 2013

Many experts agree that energy is the defining issue of this century. Ecologist Eric Sanderson explores the interconnections between oil and money, cars and transportation, and suburbs and land use. In Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs he charts a path toward renewed economic growth, enhanced national security, revitalized communities, and a sustainable environment.


Eric Sanderson

Comments [12]

Alfred Kaiser from new york

Enjoyed the show but I the new urbanist movement has written about all the subjects discussed in detail and they have been getting results for about the last 15 to 20 year. I recommend you have on your show Andres Duany he's written many books and was a key contributer to the new zoning for Miami(Miami 21). He's got a lot lectures on youtube that are quite entertaining.

Jun. 03 2013 06:23 PM
jf from the future

Wind turbines can be in any sculptural shape now. Kinetic energy and such. Anyone who is not proud to have these beautiful sculptures in their back yard is a traitor to humanity. Turbines can now be a scource of rare fresh water now,consolidating gallons of moisture from the air of even a desert.

Jun. 03 2013 02:16 PM

Interesting to hear today's guest speak about bringing trolley's back to urban areas. I just came across this article this morning talking about why it's harder than it used to be to travel between Queens and Brooklyn. The author points out that trolley systems across the country, including in NYC, were bought up by a company owned by interests in the auto, tire, and gas industries who then replaced street cars with buses.

A short, interesting read:

Jun. 03 2013 02:04 PM
Guy from NYC

Here we go again. The wind power boosters don't want us to think about the politics of destroying public views to put up ugly turbines, and the media usually obliges. Developers sell these visual polluting, sometimes ocean ecology disturbing monstrosities as benefits to the local populations. But no one ever checks to see what happens to their power bills after wind power interests get their way. By simplifying the story, the media does the public a disservice, pretending that so-called renewable energy sources are pure and apolitical.

Jun. 03 2013 01:59 PM
jf from the future

YOU can not just pretend this is some absent minded mistake. Corporations who control our government and most others, are hell bent on destroying nature. They have too much power. All the politicians work for oil companies, monsanto, pharmaceutical giants. Plastic makers. Real people with addresses are destroying the earth, and need to be jailed.

Jun. 03 2013 01:49 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I don't know about bringing back trolleys, but smaller, self-driving, self-parking electric vehicles are more likely.

Jun. 03 2013 01:45 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Returning some suburbanized land back to farming and grazing will make food both fresher and possibly cheaper.

Jun. 03 2013 01:42 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I've never heard anyone address what might happen if the oil sources dry up when it comes to heating buildings in our cities... which mostly use oil burners.

NYC would freeze over!

Jun. 03 2013 01:40 PM
MC from Manhattan

"We " as if we are somehow apart from nature. We are a part of this organism which is the earth for good or bad.
It is not to say that humans (read western tech civilization in this case) should not be mindful of what we do .. but let's stop this "mankind as separate from the natural world " thinking ... that is what is at the root of teh problem in the first place.

Jun. 03 2013 01:37 PM
John A

What about modern farming? Some have claimed that modern fertilizers are also derived from oil.

Jun. 03 2013 01:36 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The uber-suburbanization of America, a.k.a "The American Dream," was oversold and is a drag on the American economy today. Megalopolises are the future for almost everyone everywhere, including Americans.

Jun. 03 2013 01:28 PM
antonio from baySide

It's clear the oil companies were the cause of the dismantlement of the many streetcars systems...
Besides Siemens are there any companies interested in recreating them?

Are there any laws on the books or being introduced that demand new suburbs, communities to be planned with fundamentals of new urbanism?

Jun. 03 2013 12:08 PM

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