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Monday, September 01 2014 @ 11:17 AM UTC

You can’t spell carbon without car

Biking ElsewhereAt last measure, we are sending $612,500 overseas every minute in support of our current automotive lifestyle. Cumulatively, over recent decades, this has amounted to a “massive, irreversible shift in wealth and power from the United States to the petro-states of the Middle East and energy-rich Russia.” This cash transfer, which is quickly working its way up to a third of a trillion dollars each year, is building some truly stunning metrorail systems in Dubai and Abu Dhabi — our cars are buying their trains. Add to this amount the significant chunk of our $700 billion military budget that is used to protect these questionable foreign interests, and it’s easy to see how our oil appetite could undo us economically long before the oil begins to run dry.
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Excerpt from Salon's Stop climate change: Move to the city, start walking
http://www.salon.com/2012/11/03/stop_climate_change_move_to_the_city_start_walking/

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