Oil Spill Fall Out!

Will the BP oil spill be the catalyst for significant change in the behavior of Americans? It might, if all the oil compnaies factor in the cost of potential spills and their clean up to the cost of doing buisness. That might raise the price of gas enough to get us to park the cars and bike a bit more.

But probably not. We want to eliminate the carbon problem with quick fixes or just say it is too difficult and keep driving. Maybe we even buy into the obfuscation that confuses us about what the problem really is: “Sure the world is getting warmer but people aren’t causing it.”

I’ve seen news stories about an eleven year old girl raising money to help save the birds in the Gulf. CBS ran a story about putting people back to work building booms to protect coast line. Why hasn’t there been, why hasn’t Obama called for, a national effort to tackle the spill in particular and the global warming issue in general?

No political will.

Here’s a pretty good article with documentation suggeseting we can all help by driving less. Yes, the focus is on the big cities. But that doesn’t mean we can’t support paths and transit in our smaller communities as well.–corrie

The Moral Imperative of the BP Oil Spill: Drive 20 Percent Less

by Jason Henderson on June 14, 2010

2010_JH_Flyover_June_4_3.jpgPhoto: Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network

Editor’s note: This is an essay from Jason Henderson, a Geography Professor at San Francisco State University. He was born and raised in New Orleans and spent many years exploring Louisiana’s wetlands. He is currently writing a book about the politics of mobility, and frequently advocates for reduced car parking and improved bicycle space in San Francisco.

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