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  •  Some of that is opportunistic (1+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately the oil companies will be quite happy to oblige us with $100/barrel oil as soon as they can.

    Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~Rumi

    by redlami on Mon May 14, 2007 at 08:40:01 AM PDT

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    •  Then don't pay it... (2+ / 0-)
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      esquimaux, CharlieHipHop

      The price MUST be high because it's the only thing that moderates supply and demand. If supply is low, the only thing that's going to keep demand low is high prices.

      The oil companies aren't at fault here. We are.

      •  I guess what I'm saying (7+ / 0-)

        is that we should get there faster by taxing it, and using the revenues we get to fund technology, conservation and alternatives... because otherwise the same money we spend will just go to oil company profits and a badly increasing trade deficit.

        Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~Rumi

        by redlami on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:04:28 AM PDT

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      •  Spar, in Los Angeles . . . (4+ / 0-)
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        Sparhawk, Shockwave, theran, Event Horizon

        you have no choice but to pay for it.

        There is no public transportation to speak of. You are at the full mercy of the oil industry.

        And the gas prices are truly killing lower income Angelenos.

        •  So? (6+ / 0-)

          Whose fault is that? Do Los Angeles citizens not vote? Has Los Angeles become a fascist dictatorship in the last fifty years sometime, with the High Chancellor forcing people to pave over everything and spread homes and business over the landscape?

          The truth is that they chose the fix they currently find themselves in. Sorry to say, but Los Angeles chose this.

          I sympathize with low-income people, I really do. I know what it's like to make a very low wage and have economic pressures on you from all sides. Some of those people are going to have to move, sell their homes, change jobs, etc. It's going to suck. But there's nothing that can be done in the short term (aside from maybe better public assistance).

          •  Who is "they"? (1+ / 0-)
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            Do you mean developers who buy cheaper land far from city centers (perhaps originally outside city limits) to build office parks and malls which moves employment far from the people who need jobs and far from public transportation?

            Los Angelenos "chose" that how? How could their votes have stopped it?

            Happy the man and happy he alone--he who can call today his own ... John Dryden

            by ohiolibrarian on Mon May 14, 2007 at 12:12:40 PM PDT

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        •  It depends (1+ / 0-)
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          Some areas are well serviced some are not.  I used public transit heavily during the last four years my wife and I lived there.  I could get to campus (USC) faster by bus than by car.  The new Metro Rapid bus service is also very nice and last I checked they are still working on expanding it.

          •  I do have to say (0+ / 0-)

            California seems to care about transit.

            My home state right now will be cutting services across the board, and raising fares, on most of its transit systems (which have been broken and non-functional for years). Even SEPTA is starting to suck, and they've generally been good. All because the Pennsylvania legislature (democrats and republicans alike) are too stupid to tax the oil company profits.

            all Along the Watchtower...... blogroll

            by terrypinder on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:57:20 AM PDT

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        •  I question that.... (4+ / 0-)
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          Inky, Shockwave, imatlas, nyceve

          my ex-husband lived in L.A. for about 6 years when he first came to the USA and never drove. He took the bus or carpooled.

          Lots of immigrants survive with the public transportation that does exist in and around our big cities.  

          I believe expectations of super-convenience have a lot  to do with it.

          Cuando a merda tiver valor, pobre nascera sem cu.

          by sayitaintso on Mon May 14, 2007 at 10:04:41 AM PDT

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