An observation worth noting … and pondering, from Glen Bottoms.

Oil has us literally over the barrel. If this situation is to change, we will all need to recognize that our present course is not sustainable. All of our institutions are geared to an era that was designed for a different set of circumstances that mainly relied on cheap domestic oil. That day is over. We need to realize it and embrace a future that recognizes that fact. That future must include public transportation, especially rail. Delay simply pushes future prosperity and enhanced mobility that much further from our grasp.

Does it really serve our purposes to keep shoving this issue into the background, or rely on the mindless and self-serving, very short-term “drill, baby, drill” strategy which will do little more long-term than to make needed transitions that much more difficult, expensive, and burdensome?

What good will all our new roads and highways do for us when we are all laboring under the reality of fewer quantities of, more expensive, less available, and inferior quality fossil fuels—with so many more seeking their share than is now the case?

To those who continue to mislead and deny: What exactly will be the plan for transportation when there is no longer even the most delusional rationale left to deny the truth about declining oil production and availability? What’s their time frame and budget for a massive move to public transportation and the need to develop other non-road, non-automobile-based forms of transit?

At what point do we start considering how the reality of a finite resource plays out? Since when is the creation of more problems for more people over a longer period of time and at greater cost the wisest course of action?

* My Photo: el Conquistador, San Juan, PR – Feb 2006