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Videos on Vehicles, Transportation, and Sprawl

This list of serious and funny videos about transportation, vehicles, and sprawl includes videos on mass transit, CAFE standards, gas mileage, SUVs, transportation policy, roads, traffic, congestion, suburban sprawl, and future transportation systems.

See the rightmost column for additional categories of videos related to vehicles, transportation, and sprawl.

VEHICLES, TRANSPORTATION, AND SPRAWL VIDEOS
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AUTOMAKERS DASH NATION’S HOPE FOR FLYING CARS
Americans are typically more interested in how cool a car is than how fuel efficient it is. The ultimate cool car is, of course, one that flies. Anchorman Brandon Armstrong presses automakers on the issue—when will we have our flying cars? Watch funny flying car video(2:14)

 
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SMUG ALERT
The people of South Park go from Cluelessville to Greentown and then back again, first jumping on the hybrid-vehicle bandwagon and then being overcome with the effects of deadly smugness.  Watch funny video about hybrids(9:23)

 
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TIRED OF TRAFFIC
Well, I thought the solution to chronic traffic problems was more use of mass transit, for people to live closer to work, and tax shifting off of income and onto fossil fuels. Silly me. Nothing so ambitious is necessary. This funny traffic video from The Onion shows offers a simple solution. 

 
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AMERICANS ENJOYING THANKSGIVING TRADITION OF SITTING AROUND AT AIRPORT
A short, amusing video clip showing that American Thanksgiving traditions are alive and well and living in ... the airport.  Watch funny thanksgiving travel video.

 
thumb of sign for parking space, says carpool only
ROB LITTLE ON CARPOOLING AND PLASTIC BOTTLES
Two videos from funnyman Rob Little that subtly get the point across about choosing new ways to be green. The first video focuses on the pros and cons of carpooling, the second on reducing the use of plastic water bottles.  Watch... funny carpooling video ...or... funny plastic bottle video.
 
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BETTAH!
A funny animation promo'ing plug-in hybrids as the "bettah" solution among transportation options. From CalCars.  Go there
 
graphic of SUV; link for MP3 page; opens in new window
GOD BLESS MY SUV
A funny satirical song/video regarding some people's love for up-high mega-motoring. Via YouTube... Go there

 

  VEHICLES, TRANSPORTATION, AND SPRAWL VIDEOS
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PEOPLE-CENTERED DEVELOPMENTS FOR REDUCED-ENERGY LIVING
A great interview with a developer who has proved that it is possible to escape the standard grid-dependent sprawl model and instead create a community that uses sustainable energy sources, collocates services and homes, has more green spaces—and that people love living in. From Peak Moment Television.  Go there
 
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“WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?”  —  Were electric cars like the EV-1, once popular with owners but now dead and gone, really "not ready for prime time"? Or were they killed by the greed and short-sightedness of special interests? From the PBS program NOW via DailyMotion. Go there
 
graphic for PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT (PRT)
PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT
It's not quite a transportation system from the age of "The Jetsons," but Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is pretty cool and futurey! This animation shows how the system works. From bettercampus.org via YouTube.
 
 
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CATEGORY:  TRANSPORTATION — 24.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living On Earth

Boosting Public Transit — Congestion and smog in Paris are bad enough that authorities are taking aggressive measures to deal with the problem. Can bold steps taken in an iconic city abroad make Americans more accepting of the actions necessary to solve transportation woes in US cities? Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Fred Salvucci explains why public transit is a key to limiting congestion and reducing emissions from cars. in spite of this, many cities with public transit, including Boston, aren't keeping up with growing demand and infrastructure requirements.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   9:50

GP comment:  Mass transit is low-hanging fruit for almost all cities, yet investments always seem to lag. It doesn't make sense.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION — 29.JAN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living On Earth

Explosive Oil Trains — The past year has seen a marked increase in oil train derailments and explosions, including the deadly accident in Lac-Megantic in Quebec that killed 47 people. These events have raised questions about oil transport in North America. Canadian journalist Jacquie McNish discusses.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   15:06

GP comment:  You gotta love the desperation of industry when they use "it was a once-in-a-lifetime accident" because "there was a hill and the brakes failed." And, as with the ocean-based oil tanker industry, the oil-by-rail industry has mightily resisted the push to use shielded double-wall rail cars. And P.S. Also mentioned in passing is that the US is headed for "energy independence." That is a myth.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  INTERNET, PRIVACY, VEHICLES — 29.JAN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail — Many car owners WANT their vehicles to be tracked; for instance, with OnStar, LoJack, or Garmin. But in newer vehicles, onboard computers monitor many operating characteristics, such as speed, direction, and safety belt use. Additionally, companies like Google are gearing up offer in-vehicle services. Who owns—and controls—the use of all this vehicle-based data?
Go to page  |  Download/listen   3:57

GP comment:  And now Big Brother is a backseat driver?

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jan.2014

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CHEVY TAHOE AD PARODIES
Some green rascals have made a bunch of funny, satirical ads parodying Chevy's own ads for its motorized land-mammoth, the Tahoe. Available at GoogleVideo. Go there
 
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EXTREME AUTO MAKEOVER
A fun combination animation-cartoon/interactive cartoon that lets you tell Detroit what they're doing wrong. From Union of Concerned Scientists.  No longer available from host site.

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