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  •  Those 50 passenger boxes racing almost empty (0+ / 0-)

    ...a couple of times an hour up and down the main drag about a mile from my house?  The passenger miles per gallon make a Corvette or a Hummer more efficient.  ...and there's that mile to the bus stop.  Not everybody can hike a hilly mile in all weather conditions.

    Sorry, there is only enough housing in walkable and transit-friendly neighborhoods for perhaps 15% of the U.S. population.  It's so bad that large chunks of New York City aren't suitable for life without a car.

    It would take 50 to 75 years to change that, especially with our huge sunk cost in new housing stock.  

    Our only real possibility is more efficient personal transportation.  Factor of three efficiency improvements in 20 years are not out of the question.

    In the DKos debate of a center-left vs. center right country, my vote is for "profoundly conservative".

    by Bronx59 on Sat May 22, 2010 at 07:23:53 PM PDT

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    •  It'll happen whether you like it or not. (0+ / 0-)

      Cheap gas is a thing of the past. Oil is non-renewable, and fast depleting. If we don't change our ways, societies who do will fast surpass us.

      You cannot depend upon American institutions to function without pressure. --MLK Jr.

      by Opakapaka on Sat May 22, 2010 at 08:37:07 PM PDT

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