Eamon Ryan: By 2030 the only new cars will be electric. With every Eamon Ryan interview you are reminded of the pronouncement of Lincoln Steffens returning from Soviet Russia in 1919. “I have seen the future and it works.” For as long as Ryan has been in public life he has been talking up the way life will be better when fossil fuels and the addiction to cars are ditched, replaced by a lifestyle that can be sustained by the Earth. Eleven years ago, in March 2009, Ryan visited a San Francisco factory where an exciting new electric car, as yet unproven, with a range of 400km was being built. Its name was Tesla. There, he visited the headquarters of technology company Cisco to witness executives talking to colleagues back in Galway using a teleconference system called “telepresence”. It was as if the people from Galway were in the same room. Its big selling point was that if the technology became a normal part of work then wasteful commuting could be cut down. It was slightly before its time. Today, we call such meetings Zoom.
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