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Posted on Apr 16, 2008

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By jackpine savage, April 19, 2008 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

Excellent points.

The interstate highway system did contribute to our sprawl and driving habits; however, a tool is just a tool…how we use the tool is important.  I say this because Eisenhower used the construction of that system to siphon money away from the MIC.  The money that built it was slated to buy bombs and guns.

Government regulators side with the auto industry over the wishes of Californians because we’ve allowed our government to represent corporations instead of people…going so far as to allow corporations to be granted personhood in legal circles.

I hope that we do wake up before it’s too late, but we’ve been hitting the snooze button for so long that i’m not sure we can be on time any more…no matter how frantically we rush.

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By Margaret Currey, April 18, 2008 at 3:32 am Link to this comment
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When I was young, I remember the state of N.J. building these freeways.  Before there were freeways there were toll highways and this is a throwback to colonial times.

I think the more roads built to take care of the cars, the more cars there will be.

People can marvel at the intricate system of underpasses and overpasses but these things can be brought down by nature and then what.

And people in England would marvel at the low cost of gasoline.

I believe for the sake of the environment and for the health of the people get out of the cars, take public transportation or just get on the bike great exercise better than riding an exercise bike.

Some cities in the United States are putting in things called Bike Boxes which would making bike riding in the city safer.

The gasoline that we drill out of the earth will someday run out but before that people will have to run around with masks from the toxins put into the air.

This administration said that Calif. must have the emmisions from automobiles comply to a standard all over the country.  The only problem with that is in a state like Calif. which have a lot of drivers may be very different than a state like Montana.

People have to wake up before it is too late.

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By jackpine savage, April 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

As both geoffspear and Chad P said; moreover, the Pope will be converting from Euros to dollars, making the price even lower.

He might even think about selling his valuable property in Rome and buying some foreclosed homes to turn into a new Vatican City.  He could be the first person to outsource to America, rather than away from it. (Ok, Daimler fiddled with the idea for a while, but they gave up.)

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By geoffspear, April 17, 2008 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

Am I the only one who thinks that Luckovich’s point was not, as it should be, that any European shocked at American gas prices would be astonished at how *low* they are?

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By Chad P, April 16, 2008 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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Wouldn’t the pope favor our prices our relatively low gas prices in comparison to his own country’s?

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