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Sep 22, 2010

Imagine There's No Traffic Jam

Today is World Car Free Day (I'd link but apparently all the intention caused their site to crash). I celebrated--as I do most days--by riding my bike to the train station. It's not hard! It saves lots of gas and carbon dioxide and justifies that extra slice of lemon meringue pie.

IStock_000011883526XSmall But the same folks who deny that all that CO2 is warming the atmosphere take a dim view of cycling; a press release from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (a major beneficiary of funds from the Koch brothers, wouldn't you know it) encourages us to "to protest - by taking a drive, just because."

"The automobile has improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people in remarkable ways," says CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. "Instead of pushing a misguided political agenda to reduce car use, we should be celebrating automobility."

Emboldened, CEI issues a throwdown: 

"In contrast to the photographs on various Car-Free Day websites, which show healthy young people in picture-perfect weather, advocates of car-free living ought to be portray what it would mean in more realistic conditions, such as: 
When it's raining
When you’re carrying several bags of groceries
When you’re carrying a baby, with a toddler alongside you
On crutches After midnight
Without using a car or cab to get to the train or bus station
Any combination of the above."

Easy-peasy, as my 5-year-old would say. Intrepid Climate Crossroads blogger Canyon Kyle has already covered everything except the crutches here, here, and here. And if you're on crutches? There's always this.

-Paul Rauber

 

 

 

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