Neil Young, automobiles, and the environment

I just read a very interesting article by Neil Young on the automobile industry, bailouts, and reducing emissions. While I do not know enough to validate the feasibility of the strategy suggested in the article, I still believe it is an intelligent discussion. There should be no money to bail out the automobile industry without very clear, very specific, very enforceable requirements to retool the industry to produce vehicles which are relevant to the current economic, political, and environmental situations.

(not that I expect any of our leaders to have the guts to follow that path).


I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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4 comments on “Neil Young, automobiles, and the environment
  1. Tyrrell Cornwall says:

    This is intriguing, I do not know enough about SCEV’s to say if it’s feasible but it’s interesting.

    I am not sure why people find it hard to believe in the global warming science but they readily accept any pill their doctor prescribes for an equally complicated system, called the human body.

    However, my main beef with us not changing from fossil fuels is simple. CO2 kills animals dead. Pumping something that will kill you into the atmosphere, when there are alternatives, is just not the smartest thing we could do.

  2. pknowles456 says:

    Exactly….. before getting into bailouts…they should have a very clear requirements for all these..

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  3. sandysays1 says:

    Gosh I know I should be concerned but its a little hard for me. I live on the Gulf of Mexico and ever since Gore etc. have highlighted WS (weather shift) I’ve kept a record on my seawall of what the highest tide on full moon is each month. Been doing it 4 years- The average is just about the same each year, 2008 is down 3/8″ on average. Makes me wonder if we’re suffering from WS or BS.

    • Fred says:

      Irrespective of whether you believe in global warming (or weather shift, or whatever), there is no doubt that there is an advantage to reducing our oil consumption. Oil is non-renewable, and the slower we use it, the longer it will last.

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