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Better Dump That Gas-Guzzling Truck, Get A Hybrid While You Can

We were as distraught with record high gas prices as the next guy, who shot himself on the gas line. But we were almost as upset when gas prices went precipitously down again, and everybody forgot about conserving, clean energy, going green. It could have been a pivotal moment in our nation's history. Instead, just as in the aftermath of every previous oil shock since the 1970's, nothing happened. We got our asses kicked by skyrocketing oil & gasoline prices, long lines at the pump, odd-even license plate number rationing, and the near collapse of the U.S. auto industry, not to mention the rest of the economy. But as soon as the threat had subsided, we went back to happily guzzling gas, happy as pigs in their own sh*t.



Well, here we are again. Only this time, we're all in it really deep. We have no choice but to change our behavior, for our own good. But we won't. Even with the Bush Recession, mini-cars and hybrids are being passed up for big engines and bigger bodies, just like the bad old days. People are still cruising around aimlessly in their giant SUVs & pick-up trucks, wasting gas for fun & Big Awl profit.

In all fairness, most of us have no choice. Decades of foolish pro-car pro-gas planning and development has left us without public transit or access to alternative energy for private transit. Your taxes, investments and consumer spending have all been channelled into supporting a chaotic system that is now choking us all, economically, environmentally and socially. How much time do you waste every day all tied up in traffic, or running dozens if not hundreds of miles from home to school to work to shopping to school to home and back again the next day, unable to walk anywhere and unwilling to hassle with your meager local mass transit sustem? Our civilization is now built around the car, and it will take a major committment to change that.

That's what Obama is doing right now, today, with this announcement. Take heed. As he promised in the campaign, renewable and alternative energy is a priority. Curing the car cancer is the solution to many of our problems. But only by prolonged and concerted government intervention, or the kind of private market manipulation seen in every oil crisis since 1970, sustained this time, will people themselves change. So get ready for some strong medicine, and some howling from the oil companies & Wall Street's personal representatives in government & the media: The Republicans and their tame corporate talking heads. Don't listen. Tune them out. Turn them off. Do the right thing. And this time, stick with it.

(Links here.)

Originally posted to cosa nostradamus on Thu May 07, 2009 at 04:23 PM PDT.


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  •  Missing here... (8+ / 0-)

    Not too many can afford the hybrids. No job, no credit. Pretty much stuck with old bessie for the duration. That is just reality. Who is buying cars?
    (Good time to do maintenance though, recall tire-gate last summer, and the fact that it DOES make a difference.)
    All that being said, it IS the perfect opportunity to look elsewhere for alternate energy sources which creates jobs, which would allow some at least to retire old bessie.

  •  Oil should be about $70-80/bbl (1+ / 0-)
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    and once we get out of recession, that's where it'll be.

    We Americans want bigger cars- it isn't because of Detroit, it's us.  We've had the ability to purchase smaller cars for nearly a half-century now, and for the most part the non-Detroit vehicles that sell are in the family-sized segment.  Apart from the occasional success like the Mini or the newer Japanese B-sized segment vehicles (Versa, Fit, Yaris) small cars rarely get more than 2% of the market.

  •  I Got a Jetta Diesel (0+ / 0-)

    44 mpg and low emissions.

    Not THE answer but good for the interim.

    Yes We DID!!!!!!! Now back to work!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Thu May 07, 2009 at 08:12:55 PM PDT

  •  It's not an either or....nothing (1+ / 0-)
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    slash the military spending needed to procure and sustain access to the oil supply to save tax money. Redirect the investment into non-oil energy sources instead of Iraq, military hardware and bases in the Middle East. Cut taxes on payrolls and income for the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution and to make it revenue neutral, emplace a tax on carbon, with the greatest weight on fossil fuels. People should be made aware of the external costs of oil and the auto-truck fossil fueled transport monoculture and pay for them. The tax cuts on income can soften the blow of the environmental taxes, and give people an incentive to conserve at the same time.

    Meanwhile we burn millions of gallons of gasoline for frivolities such as lawns on which nobody plays on or walks on except to mow or fertilize them, just as an example.

    "There's a bailout coming, but it's not for me, it's for all the creeps watching the ticker on TV"-Neil Young

    by NoMoreLies on Thu May 07, 2009 at 08:33:22 PM PDT

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