Salzman embodies elite 'cure' for fuel freedom
Randy Salzman’s plea to make energy more expensive [Hook February 9 print edition: “Gas tax…It will stop regulations and wars”] embodies his continuing longing for a European life style here in the United States.
He quotes the cost to society of 54 cents per mile we drive. Not mentioned is the urban transit cost of 81 cents per mile (per the National Transit Database, 2007).
Not mentioned are the economic benefit and freedom of mobility values to our society, particularly to the low-income family. A 2003 Harvard study concluded that owning a car was “more helpful to getting a job than getting a high-school-equivalent degree.”
Be it Growing Cooler, Moving Cooler, or Driving and the Built Environment, the social architects should read F.F. Hayek’s The Fatal Conceit. Making energy and land use more expensive is the elitists’ cure for the common man.
Over 40,000 off-shore oil wells have been drilled. Accidents will eventually happen, just as train wrecks can be predicted.
Charles Battig, MD
President, Piedmont Chapter
Virginia Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment