Monday, October 03, 2011

Today’s fossil fuel transportation system is unsustainable but those against it are treated as barking mad


Besides the cost associated with buying a car, putting insurance on it, taking it for repairs, and the cost on our environment as we put particulates and greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, there’s the infrastructure costs. You have to buy more land to place your roads, build more roads and bridges, repair those roads, keep them maintained in rain and snow, and then keep paying for the roads you built year after year. It seemed back in the day a great way to individualize transportation and produce a continual cash flow, but in reality our present systems of roads and bridges is unsustainable. Not only does it kill 30,000 of us each year and tear up our neighborhoods, but it’ wreaking havoc on the planet. Transportation accounts in the US for 27% of greenhouse gases that contribute to Climate Change. But we’ll keep sucking taxes into our present transportation system until we can’t.

Funds for New York's roads, bridges often take a wrong turn ALBANY — Fill up your gasoline tank in New York, register your car or rent a vehicle, and a portion of the taxes you pay are supposed to fund repairs of the state's roads and bridges. There's one major hitch: Most of the money doesn't go where it's supposed to go. Since it was established in 1991, the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund has been anything but. (October 2, 2011)  Democrat and Chronicle

No matter what side of the political line you are on—left or the right—you must keep this transportation going because it fuels what’s left of our economy. And this is how we do:We keep digging when we’re in a hole because a relatively few are getting very rich with those holes.

We are so wedded to this costly and polluting way of getting around we forget that there are choices. There are other ways to get around, but few want to hear about it. Even when I try and walk downtown through the construction, there are detours for cars, but pedestrians are pushed out into the streets to fend for themselves.

Those advocating for more public transit, more bicycles on our streets, better street lights for pedestrians, and less vehicular infrastructure are treated as barking mad.

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