Freedom From Oil

Freedom From Oil

The Livable Communities Task Force has published a report titled Freedom From Oil: Policy Solutions from the Livable Communities Task Force. From the Introduction:

Providing a full range of transportation choices — such as transit, walking and bicycling — can help Americans withstand price shocks in the oil market. A full range of transportation choices not only reduces demand for gasoline, but improves community and environmental health by reducing pollution that degrades air and water quality, with associated savings in healthcare costs. Biking and walking also encourage physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle, lowering our healthcare costs and improving quality of life. Communities designed for walking and bicycling also leave room for parks and natural areas and tend to have lower roadway maintenance costs per capita.

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4 Responses to “Freedom From Oil”

  • John Riley says:

    Personal transportation is only one area where the impact of oil prices is felt. The production distribution of food and manufactured goods is also very oil intense.

  • Doug P says:

    Californians missed an opportunity when we failed to put bike lanes all the way across the Bay during the Bay Bridges’ ridiculously expensive rebuild. We have a bike lane to Treasure island. Jeez! Every morning we see thousands of car commuters belching smog, as they crawl through the toll plaza and across the bridge, at a much slower speed than bicycles. Like all addicts, oil-addicted Californians are living in a “state’ of denial.

  • John L. says:

    This report offers a sane, well-reasoned set of policies that would go a long way toward reducing our oil consumption and improving livability of our communities. Thanks for posting it, Alan.

  • John Ferguson says:

    Cheap energy has shaped our society and transformed our relationship to space for so long that it will be a bit of a shock to have it go away. It’s inevitable that energy costs will rise, as most of the easy extraction of oil and gas has been completed. We’ll be talking about this one for a long time – our communities will need to be reshaped and our relationship to stuff and place will probably be redefined over time.

    My biggest fear is what the increasing costs of energy and changes in climate will do to worldwide food production. Just as the era of cheap energy is coming to an end, the era of cheap food might be as well. For most Americans this will be an inconvenience and a source of grumbling. In the developing world, it could be the catalyst for immense societal change and personal suffering.

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