The Zero X is a silent, all-electric dirt bike that runs on lithium-ion batteries instead of gas. The the California-based Zero Motorcycles has started selling these bikes for $6900. Google co-founder Larry Page bought one. The company also has a street-legal commuter bike in the works, which should be released in the coming months. This bike will be slightly larger and more powerful than the Zero X. The commuter version will be a competitor to Brammo Motorsports' commuter bike, the Enertia which sells for $11,995. (See our...

Originally from TreeHugger on August 2, 2007, 9:23am


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    • If you use carbon fuel to run the electrical generator to charge the battery, you're defeating the purpose to the degree of the inefficiency of the fossil-fuel-energy-conversion system (the burning) that is being used.

      If you use the motorcycle to tear up the land, thereby, increasing soil erosion, etc., again, you're defeating the environmentally sound reasons for switching over to using an all-electric motorcycle.

      If you obtain one of these just for fun and as a pure addition to your fleet of transportation, take into consideration the mining, refining, manufacturing, shipping, maintenance, paperwork, and other associated activities involved. Each step adds to the cumulative environmental impact.

      These motorcycles are a great idea, relative to the fossil-fuel engines now powering nearly all the motorcycles on the planet. The fact that they are so silent in running is a huge blessing too.

      Many motorcycles are a major source of noise pollution and are, in fact, used by sadistic sorts who take great sinful pleasure in disturbing the peace, pounding on their chests, hoping to get a rise out of others (tempt others to wrath, causing damage to otherwise peaceful souls).

      These polluters are confused, fractured, and rebellious (apostate) as a result of abuse, whether they know it or not. They have a disease. They caught it, and it can be caught by others. It's contagious. All evil is.

      Their disease is tempting. It's selfishness, which is synonymous with evil that is always shortsighted. They are getting back at others, usually the general public.

      They were acted out upon, and now they are acting out on others. The abused who don't know to overcome, turn into abusers. This is why we have torture and wars. Life is cheapened. Sacrificing others for self becomes easy. It's Satanic. Think about it.

      The rich are sacrificing the less well-heeled in wars for the sake of the estates of the rich and not for the nation as a whole. Reflect on that too.

      The polluters, who include the hoarders (defiled and defiling spirits) aren't part of the righteousness that is the Holy Spirit. The right spirit grants greater and greater immunity against falling to the temptation of selfishness and wrathfulness.

      One sees in the Gospels how Jesus was above the temptation to hoard or fight back or otherwise defile others or himself. He, thereby, set the only right example for how everyone is to behave to save the world, which is why he came to exist on this plane of consciousness (to save the world; to purge it of sin that is selfishness).

      Where you find deliberate noise pollution with loud motorcycles and street-racing cars and the like, you will also find the other types of pollution as well. Greed, violence, and sexual depravity ultimately gravitate toward each other.

      The polluters (defilers of every sort) don't do soul searching about how they make the world worse for all, including themselves, and how if they were to turn from their disease and overcome, their own complaints about life in general would lift. They actually do what they hate in others. It is the opposite of the Golden Rule and the New Commandment. It is hating God.

      What they manifest is exactly what is ailing humanity and our home world: Planet Earth. Manifesting the exact opposite spirit and mentality is the solution to all that ails. Jesus was the perfect opposite of the willful and inconsiderate polluters.

      Being a real environmentalist is to strive to be consistent throughout. Anti-environmentalism is selfishness in any form.

    • Satan

      God doesn't exist!

    • Sour Grapes = "Denial of the desirability of something after one has found out that it cannot be reached or acquired." See: Aesop's Fables, "The Fox and the Grapes."