One of the uses of fossil fuels no one has any replacements for is container ships. No batteries or hydrogen cells are on order to power container ships.
Then you might read about how to make a pair of jeans, the cotton is transported to one place to be made into thread, another to be made into fabric, another to sew it, another to package it, another to sell it, another to dispose of it after its average seven times being worn, and so on. Not that jeans require more shipping than cars, computers, food, doof, or nearly any industrial output. Many things are being transported around the world many time.
How Much of a Container Ship’s Cargo Will Be in a Landfill Within Six Months?
From Wikipedia’s page on Container Ships:
A container ship is a cargo ship that carries all of its load in truck-size intermodal containers, in a technique called containerization. Container ships are a common means of commercial intermodal freight transport and now carry most seagoing non-bulk cargo.
Container ship capacity is measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). Typical loads are a mix of 20-foot (1-TEU) and 40-foot (2-TEU) ISO-standard containers, with the latter predominant.
Today, about 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide is transported by container ships, and the largest modern container ships can carry up to 24,000 TEU (e.g., Ever Ace). Container ships now rival crude oil tankers and bulk carriers as the largest commercial seaborne vessels.
Here’s one of the largest container ships in the world:
Do we need to ship so much? What if we stopped shipping so much? They seem important, but how Much of a Container Ship’s Cargo Will Be in a Landfill Within Six Months? I bet more than ninety-five percent. Would you take that bet?
I bet if we didn’t have container ships, we’d recover fast and maybe prefer the results. The changes would be big, but if we can’t fuel them, we effectively lose them, which will happen soon. I don’t think much of value will be lost.
We keep making them bigger.
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