Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Would you spend the night in your car for $100 – I would

Long lines for $1 gas

Video is dated 14th May, apologies if it’s been posted before but it seems quite apt with todays protests in London. I guess, despite the difference in fuel costs between here and the States, the average US citizen feels like they’re being screwed too. Maybe it won’t take too long before we see queues like this if the hauliers decide to start blocading refinery’s again.

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  • Can’t seem to load the video, but people being upset at high fuel costs is to be expected. Indeed that is the point of the constant hike in prices — to hurt people enough to get them either to use their cars less or start using public transport. If, when people squeal, the politicians back down nothing will have been achieved.

    Alas having your cake and eating it is not an option. If you believe climate change is a problem then something must be done about it. That means changing behaviour, and that means getting people out of cars (or in them less often).

    Now admittedly you need to have a choice, and that must be better public transport. My solution, which will suit no one but to me seems the most fair and logical, is to set up no-go areas around urban centres. Places where you are not allowed to drive a car. Then install free public transport (I say free, as that is the sop to encourage people to use it — if there is a charge there would be an incentive to increase costs over time). This would immediately give those people who only drive 2 miles or so every morning, but do it at 08:30, an option to hop on the bus. It would reduce congestion at a stroke, and progressively help the poor as they would gain the most financial benefit.

    Any form of road pricing will simply remove the poor. A complete ban will benefit everybody, and mean the rich are not immune as well.

    But then I’m not standing for election! 🙂

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