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Meanwhile, Roberts added, "we like to say: If you have to drive, drive electric."
Blittersdorf counters that electric cars, by their promise of progress, are distracting Vermonters from underlying issues.
Others share that opinion. Richard Watts, the founding director of EVermont, an electric car testing and demonstration program that operated in Vermont for 10 years, said the current headlong rush to embrace the technology is "wrong."
The other strategy, sharing a chapter title, is the adoption of land use patterns that would concentrate settlements and commerce and lessen the need for long drives.
The electric car is not, in itself, a solution to our energy challenges, agreed David Roberts, a consultant for the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (which operates Efficiency Vermont) and coordinator of Drive Electric Vermont (a clearinghouse for policy, data and dealerships). "But it does give people options."
To clarify: Blittersdorf is a champion of electricity as an energy source. His company manufactures a popular photovoltaic solar tracker. His backing was key to the recent construction of the four large wind turbines on Georgia Mountain in northern Vermont.
The cultural shift away from single occupancy mobility presents a formidable challenge, one where progress will be measured by decades, if not generations, said Asa Hopkins, director of energy policy and planning at the Vermont Public Service Department.
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But not from Blittersdorf.
Adoption of electric vehicles in the state delivers quicker, if imperfect, results.
The nonprofit Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity makes it easier, with a $500 incentive for new buyers. Dividends from the state's electricity distribution utility, VELCO, pay for this and other projects, which the trust says are in accordance with the state's comprehensive energy plan.
Instead, he reckons, we must all embrace closer, more efficient connections with work.
The trust's deal sweetener has the support of VEIC.
Blittersdorf shares that latter view. But he says the goal has been assigned a depressingly low priority.
That view flies in the face of what has become popular wisdom and state policy. Transportation, after all, accounts for almost half of Vermont's carbon pollution.
"We have built a society around this (automotive) device," he said. "We have embedded so much of our society into something that has so much cost associated with it. Everything Air Max 90 2015 White is done around the car and it's costly."
Plugged in or tanked up, cars together with our society's swath of car dependent structures and settlements are inherently wasteful, says the president and CEO of Williston based AllEarth renewables.
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more efficient than the internal combustion engine," he said. "But at the end of the day, you're still moving around thousands of pounds of steel and metal to move a person which is crazy."
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There are some rumblings, however. Likely as not, some of them are coming from David Blittersdorf, a high profile advocate for renewable energy in Vermont.
"Unfortunately, too much time and policy maker attention is spent supporting electric cars and not enough is spent on the tough question of getting people to drive less," Watts wrote.
The electric car, he added, "is not a silver bullet, but it's a good first step."
"That's the dream," he continued. "And it's easy to buy that dream, right? Everyone wants that dream."
"A lot of people are so hopeful and optimistic that all we have to do is change the fuel for the car, and we can keep going," Blittersdorf said. "It's a freedom thing. But at the end of the day, it's going to kill us."
But electric cars? He says they're steering us back into familiar ruts of urban congestion and suburban sprawl.
"Land use policies have a longer lag time," Hopkins said. "Both strategies will take place at the pace we think we can manage."
In a recent email, Watts, now the director of Center for Research on Vermont, took exception to electric cars' "green" credentials.
Critics say electric cars fall short of lofty goals
The state and VEIC are committed to long term "location efficiency," the kind that happens when people live closer to where they work.
The state's Comprehensive Energy Plan, adopted in 2011, cites the adoption of renewable fuels as a primary strategy for shrinking that share.
Ordinarily, electric and gas electric hybrid cars run more quietly than their filling station dependent cousins.
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