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August 17, 2005

Whales Say: Take the Bus

I'm a day late on this, but... new findings from Washington's Department of Ecology: cars, not industry, are becoming the biggest polluters of Puget Sound. That could mean that the future of iconic creatures like orcas, already highly contaminated, will depend on growth management that reduces driving.

A big city concerned with protecting ecosystems might want to seriously consider transportation alternatives as opposed to big ticket highway spending and re-building. Hint, hint, Seattle.

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Orcas are nice, jobs are essential. The auto is not a convenience or a whim, it is necessary to sustain an economy that can support abstract concens. Anyone who can use public transit already does. Anyone who can car pool already does. Anyone who can live within walking distance of work already does. Most public transit schemes now rely on the intentional impeding of car traffic to coerce people on to the bus trolly subway. Some day the public will rise up and boil the tar.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis | Aug 21, 2005 8:22:19 AM

You're right, Walter. We're doomed. Why bother trying? Or are you saying it's better to destroy the ecosystem services that are provided for free, in order to replace them with multibillion dollar human-engineered systems? Lots of jobs there.


Posted by: Dano | Aug 21, 2005 10:37:19 AM