30 Dec '11, 10am

Energy Predictions for 2012

There will be no traffic jams: “The trip from suburban home to office will require a few minutes only. A penny will pay the fare.” Cities will be quiet: “There will be no street cars in our large cities. All hurry traffic will be below or high above ground when brought within city limits. … Cities, therefore, will be free from all noises.” Watkins’s description of future train travel wasn’t far off the mark, although his prediction applies more to Europe or Japan than the U.S.: “Trains will run two miles a minute, normally; express trains one hundred and fifty miles an hour…. Cars will, like houses, be artificially cooled. Along the railroads there will be no smoke, no cinders, because coal will neither be carried nor burned.” Watkins predicted that automobiles would replace horses: “Farmers will own automobile hay-wagons, automobile truck-wagons, plows, harrows and hay-ra...

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