Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Got Fuel to Burn / Got Roads to Drive"

Neil Young is about to be 0-for-2.

As an sufficiently-hysterical person will scream at you, the Era of Cheap Energy is OVER!!!eleventy!!!

I've read a bunch of articles this week about the way people are responding, from a record decrease in driven miles to moving closer to work. And now it seems our sterling infrastructure will receive less funding because we're using it less. There's something almost minimalist in that plan. Fewer people use poorer roads, and eventually everyone reverts back to walking right when the last road falls apart. And people say America hates the environment. We don't hate the environment; we just want to harness it for our own lurid ends.

Title from Neil Young's song "Rockin' in the Free World."

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