Shall we repeat the same mistake?
This video was made in 1996. Some things have changed since then. For one thing General Motors has been back in Washington again recently – this time lobbying for its very survival.
It is astonishing that the myths – and outright lies – that the conspirators of the last century spread, still have so much currency. The program which destroyed the US public transportation systems, wrecked most downtowns, ruined the air and created the Interstates has been shown to have been a corporate plot to drive up the profits of some companies at the expense of the public interest. There is nothing new here – but it is worth watching again. And then it worth wondering why it is that our government is pressing ahead with a freeway widening, but casting doubt upon the transit system’s ability to raise funds through innovative methods, and only promising transit expansion for the future – after the new roads have been built, not now – and indeed repeating all the same policies that the US followed from 1945 to 1996. We know what the outcome of that era was – and most places have reversed that trend.
And they did that before the crisis of climate change became such an immediate and pressing problem. There is no doubt that the reason North Americans produce so much ghg per capita is because they live in suburbs, in big houses well separated from jobs and services which they have to access by driving – and they use large gas guzzlers to do that. Canadians live in much the same way that Usonians do. And if Mr Falcon gets his way residents of the Fraser Valley will have to continue to live that way for the next forty years in a world that is rapidly running out of fossil fuel, and increasingly getting warmer. And he is ignoring all the evidence that this is the wrong choice – and one that not even the bankers on Wall Street will fund!
And if you are interested in the system that we tore up here at about the same time take a look at the Buzzer blog