Comment 65920

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 09, 2011 at 15:19:28 in reply to Comment 65916

Peak oil is a very regular topic of conversation on this site, and one of the main reasons we're so critical of car culture.

The automobile age will end one way or the other. But we can't assume the end of cheap oil will miraculously entail the birth of a vibrant and walkable urban life. Many of the changes needed involve enormous amounts of time and funding (ie: LRT). They won't just appear because Ford and Toyota declare bankruptcy.

If the potential for another spike toward $150/barrel weren't enough to kill our chances of paying for these changes, there's the fact that our leaders, at current, are working as hard as possible and spending every dime we can find to move us in the wrong direction. New highways, sprawl and parking lots aren't just costing us billions, but they're also raising the price of any eventual shift toward sustainability.

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