Greg Hunter sent me this link- James Kunstler gives his prescription for the future of our country- once cheap transportation stops being cheap. It’s not just a dependence on oil, or on alternative sources- it’s the whole cost of the infrastructure to support our car based economy.
After reading local “expert” Sam Staley’s views on the future in the Feb 3rd 2007 Dayton Daily News OpEd page- this becomes even more critical. Staley calls people who believe in public transit “the Congestion Coalition”- totally ignoring the idea of walkable, livable communities- in exchange for a total car based economy.
Kunstler tells us to look at the flip side- once we can’t afford to support cars, what next. I highly recommend the whole thing- here is a bit from the tail.
Life in the USA will have to become much more local, and virtually all the activities of everyday life will have to be re-scaled. You can state categorically that any enterprise now supersized is likely to fail — everything from the federal government to big corporations to huge institutions. If you can find a way to do something practical and useful on a smaller scale than it is currently being done, you are likely to have food in your cupboard and people who esteem you. An entire social infrastructure of voluntary associations, co-opted by the narcotic of television, needs to be reconstructed. Local institutions for care of the helpless will have to be organized. Local politics will be much more meaningful as state governments and federal agencies slide into complete impotence. Lots of jobs here for local heroes.
Read the whole thing here Atlantic Free Press – Hard Truths for Hard Times – The Agenda Restated – Kunstler
I’d like to hear what you think of Dayton as a leader in livability. Besides, once the coasts are under water from Global warming- we will be looking really good.