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  •  Agreed, but (1+ / 0-)
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    my point, not a new one, is that making change in the world ultimately comes down to making change in one's own life, which is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and, apparently, highly unlikely till, like Wiley Coyote, the anvil lands on our heads. I have spent a long career in Civil Engineering arguing (and getting canned for arguing) for the implementation of simple, cost effective proven solutions to basic problems like storm water runoff quality, rational transportation planning etc. etc. ad nauseum, to no appreciable effect except to piss off the powers that be. My Crumudgeon-o-Meter is way off the scale this week, and I do not mean to gainsay your good work, clear insights, passion and logical solutions, but, I am not hopeful. Seriously, millions will have to die in misery before we make a real change in our consumption systems. I will make jerkey and render them down for lamp oil.

    Or not. We could stumble along the brink without ever falling off, we have so far. I don't know, but I DO know that for every 50 miles cycling I get at least one derisive shriek from a passing motorist, one hurled object per thousand miles, and one drive-by paintball assault per 100 thousand. The lifestyle and world view of those who live by NASCAR will perish the day the tankers stop running, but not one day before.

    Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

    by Old Lefty on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:28:30 PM PDT

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    •  My point is that sometimes ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... making a change in the world is actually about directly making a change, in the world.

      When there are government rules and subsidies that create the current outcome, then changing those rules and eliminating those subsidies is going to be a big part to getting to a different outcome.

      Some change can come from making something possible that wasn't possible before, but there is going to have to come a time when reducing the number of cars in the road is going to come from changing the rules that force people to drive to get the things done that they need to get done.

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      by BruceMcF on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:55:22 PM PDT

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