David E. Hanson asks what I expect farmers to grow. Easy. Everything, well maybe not avocados. Everything from apples and blueberries to pumpkins and zucchini.
And yes, of course, Illinois farmers will continue to grow some beans and corn and raise some cows for beef and dairy. I couldn't live without "just picked this morning" sweet corn. And yes, it all will be more labor-intensive than modern farming.
Public transit is coming to Northwest Illinois and Hanson and I will be around to see it. More than low-population densities and sparse populations, the big problem will be that we'll all have to overcome the idea that our vehicle is right there in the driveway ready to go and all we need to do is jump in.
But it's not "either or." Many folks will still have a vehicle or a run-about of some kind — a bike, a scooter, maybe even a skateboard or two. Around town any of the above will make perfect sense. And yes, charging stations will replace gas stations.
Maybe not Mount Carroll, but Dubuque, Freeport, Rockford and the Quad Cities will certainly have zip-cars. I can imagine taking the bus to Freeport. Running around Freeport with stops at Cub Foods, HCC and Cannova's and then parking the zip-car and taking the bus home. More complicated? Yes, a better alternative than living with the consequences of Climate Change? You bet.
Will the Green New Deal be expensive? Yes, of course. Will not doing anything be expensive? Yes, much more.
We all need to sit down and talk, plan and dream and come up with plans and parts of plans that work. Name-calling and hunting down the one weird example won't help.