Thursday, June 26, 2008
CNN’s “Fueling America” fails to address mass transit
CNN.com is running a special series called “Fueling America” all about oil, gas and the effects of high prices. There are two articles included regarding iReporters using alternative means of transportation (bikes, transit), but the majority of the articles and features deal with increased oil drilling and higher-mileage cars. There is little mention of investing in transit infrastructure, cities and towns promoting mixed-use, walkable communities, or incentives for not using cars. The “solutions” presented by CNN merely continue to problem; they do not address the fundamental issue of American towns’ and cities’ reliance upon the car. Until solutions to address that issue are widely debated, the price of gas will continue to rise.