Comment 49539

By allantaylor97 (registered) | Posted October 14, 2010 at 14:20:47

I don't see car ownership decreasing. In my lifetime it has confounded expert opinion and risen many fold in spite of escalating costs of ownership. Fuel economy has doubled in 40 years and alternative energy sources have come on line commercially that were unthinkable a mere 20 years ago. New technologies are making electric cars look more and more viable while a simultaneous effort to develop alternate mainstream electricity generation streams make it appear more and more possible that generating electricity using fossil fuels won't always be necessary in my lifetime. While we both have the same goals of a cleaner more sustainable economy we vary drastically on what needs to be done to achieve that. I am of the opinion that the car genie is out of the bottle and it cannot be put back in nor is there a need to even try. Whats needed is to make private transportation more efficient while making public transportation more efficient at the same time to accommodate our growing population. I don't believe that reducing personal transportation options in favour of increased public transportation options is sustainable with our growing population but rather a slowing down of growth of personal vehicles while increasing the rate of growth of public transportation options is required. It seems to me you believe its better to make public transportation more efficient by discouraging private transportation. IMO one cannot come at the expense of the other. I really don't believe that getting off oil dependence means the end of the car while you seem to think that it does. This in effect is where we fundamentally will never agree. At the very least I believe that you should have far more passion about making cleaner more efficient cars and that you can do that without losing your passion for public transportation

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