Gallery: Americans Ditch Over 4,000,000 Cars in 2009 for Alternative Tr...

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We Americans love our cars, (or at least that’s what they’ve been telling us all these years) but this last year showed a remarkable drop in car ownership – down by 4,000,000 vehicles! Some may blame it on the recession, but analysts are linking the decline to other factors like increased urbanization, gas prices, traffic and congestion, automobile saturation and even concerns regarding climate change. This is welcome news to us and we hope this trend continues, with more people relying on public transportation, car sharing, bikes, and their own two feet.

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  1. ramonchu January 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    “Green car” is an oxymoron. No mater what a car runs on (and even then–electric car batteries are made with equally scarce, faraway materials buried under already exploited parts of the world), it still takes enormous amounts of energy to manufacture a vehicle as well as to dispose of it. This was a little talked about issue in the cash for clunkers program, with pollution generated from scraped cars and the manufacture of new vehicles actually grossly outweighing any pollution benefits gained by people driving cars that get 5 more miles to the gallon. But the “green” aspect was so thinly veiled, it was easy to see that the American government is prepared to subsidize the bankrupt and backwards automobile industry till the last car stands, for any number of irrational, political reasons.

    Any car, electric, diesel, hydrogen, whatever, still requires freeways and parking lots, still inspires suburbia and autocentric planning, still locks people into little metal boxes and destroys communities and creates a built environment which induces such severe confusion, anger, and hopelessness in Americans that we find ourselves in the midst of a society easting itself to death, stunningly over medicated and depressed, glorifying tribal violence, and regularly accepting the brutal deaths of nearly 50,000 people at the hands of our transportation system as one big chain of “accidents.”

    We need to end this Carmageddon, before it ends us.

  2. GTO January 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Actually michellegoesgreen, the Big 3 have many vehicles that have better fuel economy than their Japanese or Korean counterparts.

    I also find it interesting that I rarely, if EVER, hear about peoples’ gripes with European import automobile fuel economy. In my opinion, that is mostly because the Europeans have been able to successfully remain hidden in their invisible ivory tower as they continue to pump out highly ineffecient, grossly-polluting vehicles for the foreign market.

    You must understand the market situation and differences between the 3 “producing markets.”

    1. All markets currently cater the majority of their business to 1 market, the U.S. automobile market.
    2. 90% of models produced for the US are not found elsewhere
    3. 90% of the models produced for markets other than ours are not available here because we dont want ‘ugly, small, effecient, meant-to-carry-you-from-point A-to-point B’ cars. We want big and dumb and useless, but also powerful so we can tow our yachts and RV’s, etc. and so forth.

    This industry is consumer/market driven. While I am glad that the market is changing for the better and we are becoming vastly more effecient in how we move than even 10 years ago, people should really get off of their high green horses and realize that things take time to change.

  3. michellegoesgreen January 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    That’s great people are finally deciding on using the more earth friendly means to transportation but what concerns me is that American car companies haven’t really embraced the concept of “green” when it comes to cars. Yeah, they have a bit but not like Toyota. When will the Detroit three realize gas guzzlers aren’t the future of cars?

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