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Gas Taxes and Transportation Culture

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I bought my first car at the age of 27. Prior to that year, I had always lived in cities that had decent public transportation—New York, Boston, Honolulu – and during the brief times that I lived in more rural areas, I borrowed someone else’s car or hitched the occasional ride with a friend who drove. Walking was my favorite way to commute, though, especially in Boston, where the public transit system was not always that much more convenient. I thought nothing of walking for 40 minutes to reach a destination, because I didn’t feel like waiting for the bus. When I worked in downtown Boston I would occasionally pack running clothes and run home from work at the end of the day. It took about an hour, and sometimes I had to dodge other pedestrians, especially when navigating through crowded Harvard Square, but it was fun.

CHRIS PUMMER: Change isn’t always comfortable, and moving away from fossil fuels could be especially uncomfortable. It’s still something that needs to happen for a myriad of reasons. It just shouldn’t happen on the backs of the most economically vulnerable. Continue reading

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Driving and Cell Phones

AKIE BERMISS: Like any tools, weapons, or supplements — technological devices are both a convenience and a responsibility. Give a person a knife and you can be sure that they will be able to cut things. Whether those things are smart or helpful things to cut (food, ropes, clothes…) or stupid or useless things to cut (other people, themselves…) — is not something we will know beforehand. The same goes for cars — with speed comes the responsibility to know how fast, and when to go and when to stop, and which direction to go in. This is a simple but ultimately constant rule: with power comes responsibility.

And responsibility, for me, boils down to two simple things: will and intelligence.

While Akie calls for personal responsibility, as a good leftist, I will instead turn to the government for assistance here. Continue reading

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Texting While Driving vs. Drinking While Driving

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: There are still some things you have to wait for, and texting, if you’re driving, is one of them. Just like you have to wait until you get out of the tub to use your hair dryer.

HOWARD MEGDAL: So the technology is here to combine a breathalyzer with a camera, creating a car that cannot be driven drunk. How is it possible that no one is pushing for this to be standard equipment on every car sold in the United States? Continue reading

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