8291Re: [carfree_cities] strange bedfellows
- Apr 15, 2005Hey Group,
In response to my commentary on the tryst (trust?) of
the Conservatives / Neo-Cons and the NRDC, my father
> Funny...your letter.than
> Gas prices, adjusted to inflation, were higher in
> the 70's..."oil
> crisis." Diesel for my VW Rabbit (Golf) was cheaper
> gasoline.To which I responded:
> Otec (Slovak for "father")
Dear Member of the "You think this is bad?!? 500
million years ago we didn't even have bones..."
The difference now, more than thirty years on, is that
despite the reduction in automobile size and
increase in efficiency and blah, blah, blah it is
becoming common knowledge (based on scientific
evidence) that that oil production will be decreasing
Also, there is more environmental awareness and
possibly more war fatigue, though how these ultimately
affect things is a mixed-bag.
So, back in the "oil crisis" people bought Rabbits
(which evidence has showed breed like crazy) and now
in the "(too early to give it a name) crisis" people
are buying Priai (plural of Prius?) which like the
name itself feels like something but means less than
we want to believe.
The interesting thing is if the perception that gas is
more expensive now is based on something more than
distortions of memory... if and how people are
becoming more cognizant of the other costs of car
ownership (everything from high repair costs to high
environmental and societal costs).
Maybe automobile associations will tell people to
"blame it on oil prices" when announcing car divorce,
rather than individual and group decisions from the
conscious to the unconscious.
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