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Friday, July 17, 2015

Zero emissions?

News report: Janesville has just purchased an "electric motorcycle" so the police can patrol the bike trails without having to lose their doughnut guts.

The Madison reporter breathlessly described it as "silent, and it doesn't emit any carbon!"

Unless the Janesville Police Department has erected a wind / solar charging station for this thing, it either burbs coal, natural gas, or uses nuclear power. "Renewable" energy is still a bit player in our power grid, and will remain there for the foreseeable future.

Also, isn't there a law against using motor vehicles on the bike paths?

An officer interviewed said he has to use his horn or call out to avoid startling people biking or walking, since the thing is so quiet.

What's wrong with having police officers in shape enough to ride regular bicycles? I'm sure that motorcycle cost the people of Janesville a pretty penny - or the entire USA, if it was bought with a "grant" from the feds...

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