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No apologies, no what ifs! The American car culture is one of the hallmarks of socialism US-style. Get the oil companies off welfare; get the car off welfare.
Americans should pay the true cost of driving. And we don't, not by a mile.
Politically, this mantra is hot-wired for emotional response, citizen anger and political hari-kiri. But the argument for paying the true cost of our car habit is both complex and simple. We should drive less, find alternatives to "getting around by car", including encouraging local, private enterprise, conserve energy and fuel. This scheme is an intersection of green and libertarian ideas.
Getting the car off welfare is easier said than done. (Obvious understatement). Just wading through the various objections why we can't/won't do this is dizzying.
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