I, for one, am totally in favor of Biden’s announcement about cutting our carbon emissions in half by 2030. Imagine the benefits!
The sound of a motorcycles, like Harleys, revving up next to you at a stop sign – gone.
The sound of two Harleys crackling and spitting down a bucolic country road – gone.
The sound of hundreds of Harley’s threatening the eardrums of beachside vacationers – gone.
And because the Harley growl will be gone, all those bearded, bandanna-headed, pot-bellied, leather-wearing men will have lost their threatening, get-out-of-my-space persona. Instead they will just be overweight, out-of-shape has-beens trying to look macho. Instead of tough guys, they will be called arti-farts.
Thanks to Biden, that earsplitting Harley roar will disappear, replaced by the sound of birds, wind, water and other natural sounds that most people can only read about.
The same thing can be said of 18 wheelers and Corvettes, Mustangs and motorboats, all lawn mowers, leaf blowers or snowplows.
Imagine airports whose only sounds are “whoosh!!”
Imagine a weekend morning in which you can sleep late without the neighbor’s gasoline powered something rattling your brain…well, those of you without little kids or puppies.
Biden is excited about reduced carbon emissions; I’m excited by reduced noise emissions.
While you’re at it, imagine walking down a street in New York – or any major city – without inhaling gas and diesel fumes.
Imagine motorcycles, motor scooters, taxis, cars, and trucks and trains whizzing by and leaving nothing in their wake except breathable air.
Hey, as long as we’re in the city, imagine no more soot! Imagine the Empire State in New York, the Tribune Tower in Chicago, or any classic building in any city in the country looking as pristine as they did when they first went up in the 1920’s or 30’s. In the last few years, the city of Philadelphia spent a fortune cleaning the exterior of City Hall. Imagine that money going to, I don’t know, improving the schools, instead.
On the other hand, without engine noise, who would know when that line of Hell’s Angel was about to plow you under? Who would know why Corvettes were so cool? Who would know when it was time to get up on a Saturday?
Plus, without loud diesel or gas-powered engines, what would drown out rap or rock music?
Oh yeah. And then there’s Climate Change and survival of mankind, not to mention the Earth itself.
Two steps forward and one step back, right?