For about seventy years, the U.S. has nurtured the autosprawl system -- millions of single family homes built on bull-dozed farms, accessible only by single occupancy vehicles. The costs of this system have been borne by the taxpayers, other countries, or deferred to the future.
The future is here. We are paying the price for paving farmland, fighting oil wars, and emitting carbon dioxide.
Don't think you do not understand science or economics. If you cannot pay your mortgage, fill up your tank, or help Houston hurricane victims, then you understand.
Now is the time to turn to the remedy. Join your local transit/bus riders' union or local advocacy group. We need free public transit now.