Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Change.gov - post 3

This is my third cross-posting to Change.gov.

The era of cheap oil and plentiful gasoline is rapidly coming to a close. The American car industry is build to harness two key resources that no longer exist in this country, cheap gas, and people with the money to buy new cars.

We need to save the manufacturing capabilities of the big three, but not to build more cars. We need to build new trains, trolleys, buses, and other vehicles to meet the transportation needs of the 21st century. We need to work together, and end the selfish need to cocoon ourselves in a ton of steel just to get a gallon of milk.

We need to save the remaining energy resources of this planet to allow our children and grandchildren to inherit them, in order to use them to cover the emergency needs that arise from time to time.

We need to end our love affair with the single person car. It will take some adjustment. We'll all have to give up the isolation, and actually get to know each other, but it's ok. We're all Americans, and we can get through this together.

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