I read two different but equally alarming stories this morning.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports on a 40-year local transportation plan developed by St. Louis county officials. There was no mention of metro link expansion, car pool lanes or any kind of green transportation. None at all. Officials are putting together a plan for road improvements 40 years out but see no need to include environmentally-friendly forms of travel and commuting.
The second story I read was a New York Times Green story highlights the growing problem of a decreasing oil supply. HSBC, a British bank, warns that the world’s remaining oil supplies can will only last for another 50 years or less. As the auto industry grows and spreads to more countries, namely third world countries, the demand for oil grows.
I did learn one thing in my Microeconomics course: When supply goes down, demand goes up. When demand is going up because of another issue altogether, prices are going to rise. They’re going to rise fast.
As St. Louis ignores green transportation altogether, the world’s experts and officials warn of decreasing oil supplies and consequent gas price rises.
Does anyone else see a problem with this?
St. Louis county, heck and city, need to start thinking about green transportation for its residents now. Personally, I vote for the metro link to expand further into the county to provide city commuters a greener option. Unfortunately, county officials don’t think this is a top priority.
What do you think? Are you more concerned about the conditions of the roads you drive every day than the environment? How do you feel about the county’s overlooking of green transportation in their 40-year plan? Do you just think I’m a liberal hippie? Let me know in the comments below–I’m interested in what you have to say.