The question is: Why can’t we do the same? I believe the real issue is the American public is addicted to their cars, more than anything else in modern culture. More than television, radio, homes, alcohol, shopping, or gambling. Unlike other countries, such as those in South America, the car in the
I really believe that people here feel so strongly that driving and the freedom associated with driving is a locked in right, and not a privilege or entitlement. People feel that they have the right to have freedom associated with driving, and any loss of this perceived freedom can cause major problems. It is this thinking that causes apathy associated with challenging the traditional gas them up and move them out.
How to fix this is a major up hill battle. The cost of fuel, cars, parts, service, and other automotive items does not seem to be a major deterrent. The fix has to shift in the culture. The shift has to be driven from the inside. It can not be forced; it can not be from the fringe; and it surely can not be rushed. We need the leadership in this country, in the forms of the auto manufactures and the politicians to focus on development of both physical and culture solutions to this major problem for our country. If not for my checkbook, please do it for my children and grandchildren.