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03/02/2012

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John Andersen

Yes, the way out of this is rearranging life so that you don't need a car.

There are plenty of places in the USA where you can live and make this happen. This is particularly achievable when you are able-bodied, but that's no show-stopper for those who aren't.

For what it's worth, my wife and I have been car-free since June 2011. More than anything else, we've discovered the car-free life has been more relaxing. When we go out for events, eating, walks, etc., they tend to feel more meaningful. We enjoy them more. I don't know what that is other than perhaps events now are bookended by gentle walks to and from them which gives us time to talk and reflect. Perhaps that's what makes them better?

william mcdonald

Not to mention the Sunday drive on mass transit.

Very relaxing discussing the issues of the day with the hoi polloi, meant in the greek way.

Those that aren't drunk or stoned that is.

Enjoy.

Me, I will sacrifice and keep on driving.

Honesty

But Dave, isn't US oil production is suddenly so robust that America is about to become a leading world oil exporter again?

Sigh. I use a bike on campus, and I'm very fortunate that I don't need to travel long distances for my necessities. I really feel awful for the people who aren't as lucky as I am, especially those who don't have access to public transportation or government aid.

Bill

"Tyler Durden" over at Zero Hedge points out that auto sales numbers are factory sales, not dealer sales and that "channel stuffing" is now commonplace - look at the number of vehicles on the dealer's lots that were 'sold' to then but remain 'unsold' to anyone else to get the real picture.

Alexander Ač

100 years ago there were few cars. 100 years from now there will be again only few cars. But I doubt people will drive horses again as was the case before THE car revolution.

But then, who really cares what will be 100 years from now? BTW, ocean acidification as now at the fastest rate in the last 300 000 000 years, now study shows...:

cheers,

John Andersen

I see walking, cycling, and trains as key transportation methods in 2100; pretty much like it was in 1900.

Alexander Ač

John, yeah. Nederlands is a good example - a lot of bikes, but no hills. In Spain (a lot of hill, and hot weather!), there are only few bikes...

Regarding the trains, yes, provided you have infrastructure to support them...

Alex

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