Comment 39196

By schmadrian (registered) | Posted March 26, 2010 at 20:45:30

I'm always a bit stumped as to why people (apparently) assume that the fossil-fuel-reliant Personal Transport Vehicle paradigm is here to stay forever and every, Amen.


Why would anyone assume that in a world where innovation has driven corporate-based business (and our economy for God-knows-how-long), that because oil is going to run out, that therefore, the notion of people having cars is also going to go the way of the Dodo bird?

I'm on board for all manner of efforts to shift towards different community building, an increased emphasis on quality high-density urban living as well as public transit that facilitates these concepts...but I really don't follow the logic that 'the evil car' is going to go away. Disappear with the last oil barrel.

It's not.

It's going to change its profile, yes. It's going to change its fuel source, yes. But it ain't going anywhere.

(And this comes from a non-owner.)

I love some of the speculative thinking on 'a better tomorrow'. I'd just prefer it be a little more grounded in reality...even if this means that the person doing the thinking has to consider the unpalatable.

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