Sunday, February 10, 2013

How to fix #climatechange and #energy

Make public transit free. More people will ride. Cities will become more attractive. Gradually eliminate cars from the city. At this point the critical mass of automobile-based travel will be broken. The massive highway-sprawl-refinery infrastructure will be seen for the burden that it is.

There will be tremendous savings from the elimination of externalized auto costs. No more need for ugly parking hi-rises, no more lost productivity in traffic jams. Use these savings to provide education and health to all. Give the suburbs to the organic farmers.

The birth rate will drop.

Cities that adopt this plan will jump ahead of others in economy and quality of life.

Dropping demand for fossil fuel will take political power away from the industry.

People will expect and demand sanity in urban living.