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View Diary: The Age of Oil, Reducing Demand (part 3 of 3) (25 comments)

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  •  Reduce demand for the items (0+ / 0-)

    You could also reduce demand for the items, by say, dismantling major roads to discourage driving.

    •  That would be brilliant! (0+ / 0-)

      Let's destroy our infrastructure that delivers goods and services.

      We could also blow up all power plants and discourage manufacturing!  when are you going to run for office, or something? ...

      •  I'm decidedly not running for office (0+ / 0-)

        But it isn't an impossible solution, and its one that has been implemented on a small scale repeatedly.  Look for examples of "traffic calming"

        •  Restricting (0+ / 0-)

          rather than replacing with a better alternative causes contraction.  It hurts not helps.

          •  It hurts, but reduces emissions (0+ / 0-)

            I can see how this will hurt people in the short run, but I don't see how dismantling a major road wouldn't have the effect of inducing people to not travel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

            •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

              people travel for a reason.  I do for work.  Goods are moved, etc.  And the point is to come up with means of travel that don't pollute. NOT, to lock people in their homes...

              •  I'm not talking about locking people up (0+ / 0-)

                But if you eliminate a major road, you'll increase the time required to get places, and people will adjust by  moving or changing jobs so that they don't need to travel so much.

                That adjustment is what reduces demand when you remove infrastructure.

                Same story with building new roads, but the opposite effect: you decrease the amount of travel time required, so people, over a period of a few years, wind up with jobs which are farther from home, and consume more fuel to get to them.

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