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  •  Yes, it would be regressive, especially rurally. (4+ / 0-)

    On the other hand, as citizens we often subsidize utilities we don't get to use.  Childless people do that with public schools.  People in comparatively safe neighborhoods subsidize police services that are concentrated in more dangerous neighborhoods.  Part of the change is recognizing that taxes aren't the same as fees, where you're guaranteed some direct service in exchange for the money.

    And the indirect service would be lessening our dependence on foreign oil, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and thus bringing ourselves more in line with our environment.  Those are difficult to put a "Where's my $2/gallon worth?" tag on, but they are not irrelevant.

    Finally, as noted in the diary, not every green transit solution applies only in cities or suburbs.  Car/van pools can work even in rural areas, if they are well-designed to fit with the local needs.  If the cars/vans run at near peak occupancy, they're as green as all but the most efficient light rail.  So this isn't a "cities and suburbs only" solution set.

    Good morning! ::hugggggggggggs::

    •  True, we do co-op and subsidize one another, (3+ / 0-)
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      EJP in Maine, winterbanyan, NCrissieB

      but so many rural living folks are already so close to the edge that it would take very little to swamp them. As Winter said, many, many people were having to choose between groceries and fuel to get to work during the crunch. Some of the carbon neutral biofuels are projecting in the range of $2/gallon, with wholly domestic production, so multiple benefits as that develops. And city planners really need to be utilised on a larger scale, the piecemeal sprawl that's been going on for so long is horribly inefficient in so many ways.

      Good morning! :::Huuugggsss:::

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 07:23:10 AM PDT

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