So if i wanted to get from Houston to LA on public transport: what mode would that be exactly? High speed train? No. I know in these cities you mention you have a semblance of a public transport network, but i ask you this - could i get a bus from 25 miles outside Chicago, straight into the downtown CBD, on the hr, every hr....or less! in both directions? That's what we're talking about here, and not just in your biggest cities... you cannot argue that the car is not king in the USA. Public transport for making downtown environments less congested, and a commitment to a nationwide incentive to get people out of cars are two very different things.
I'm just being realistic, and it's not just America, it's every country in the world that relies on Oil.... there are a lot of rose tinted glasses with this subject, and as i said, i'm just being honest - it's a very very difficult thing to achieve, and it will not happen over night, maybe not even in your lifetime.
Like i said, you had the opportunity to commit to a change with Kyoto, but America didn't sign up.
I make these statements from within the oil industry yes. I don't have a bias, it's just my job, which is secure regardless...I work subsea projects, not in drilling,but all sorts - including subsea tidal power systems (Oooh Shock Horror eh?!.. and who for? oil companies....!) I'm offering you an honest insight into this industry, this global economic lifeblood.......
I have Never said the future will not change, in fact i have said the opposite, you need to change, but you will need a balance of all sources of energy and oil.... everything, even plant based oils.... but my ultimate point in all of these is there is not one right answer.... so all i want you to realize is you cannot just take oil out of the equation. Also - who in the world has the resources to invest in future energy resources on the scale required? not governments...... no, America as a nation owes trillions, but Oil Companies need a future business..... you think they'll just cease to be when oil runs out? no of course not, they're evolving everyday..... have you any idea how big the R & D capacity is at Exxon for alternative fuels and new technologies aimed at sustainable energy futures?? It's easy to hate oil companies, but they're made up of good, smart people, who go to work every day and look for new ways of doing things.... every day.... what do you do exactly in all this?
I understand how it's easy to hate them, and get sucked into the Dick Cheney image, but really - it's not like that.