Fellow Americans we must stop investing in roads, highways and parking lots. The automobile must go the way of the horse as an antiquated way of getting around. Find a better way now, before desperation forces us to do so. Let's lead the world to a better future, not follow the status quo into pollution and sprawl.
I worked in the oil and gas exploration and production industry for 25 years. Few citizens fully understand the scope of the current oil and gas production infrastructure in this country. There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells across this country all pumping oil and gas continuously around the clock. Pipelines criss-cross the sea bottom and the landscape carrying millions of gallons of fuel, yet the domestic production meets only a fraction of the current demand for the products. No amount of domestic drilling can meet the country's demand. This world must change its energy infrastructure and transportation systems, and America should lead the way.
Imagine not needing to invest huge portions of your income to buy automobiles, maintain them, insure them and fuel them.
Imagine not spending a couple of hours a day stuck behind the wheel of a car trying to avoid getting killed or maimed by someone not responsible enough to drive safely.
Imagine, rather than having a network of trash strewn asphalt roads and parking lots, instead, having tracts of wooded gardens, parks, pedestrian paths and bikeways.
Imagine cleaner air and water.
Imagine the country self reliant, not at the mercy of foreign entities.
It is possible. All we need is the commitment to do it.
Innovative planning can make this country a beautiful garden rather than a grid of asphalt and concrete. Clean air
can replace putrid fumes. Personal stress can be reduced and life span extended. It won't be inconvenient, it will be more convenient. It won't cost more, it will cost less.
Imagine no automobile traffic. Imagine a park around the mall instead of a parking lot. Imagine spending your commute time reading the newspaper or surfing the net or working. Imagine a casual walk to work through a wooded park.
If we don't spend money on roads and traffic infrastructure and instead invest it in a communal transit system we could make America a better place to live and work. Lets tear up all the asphalt to make gardens where roads now exist. The rights of way for a convenient and reliable transit system require much less area than that required for personal automobile transportation. Let's install fuel efficient and quiet monorail or ground rail systems. Initially the cost may be more than the cost of building roads, but there are so many hidden costs to maintaining an automobile economy the overall cost will be less. Besides, the change is inevitable.
Let's start electing our leaders for their vision, not for their competence at wealth accumulation. Let's invest in a new kind of infrastructure to enhance the economy, attract business, create jobs, and control growth in a beneficial and viable way.
Do we want cities like Atlanta or Los Angeles to be our model? Don't be resigned to the past, take control
of the future.