Transportation infrastructure creates JOBS that America needs, and cements in place certain transportation choices

There are a pair of competing needs in America.  One is for JOBS – the other is to transform the transportation system.  Many are offering rehabilitation of the transportation system as the key to providing JOBS.  The rush to create JOBS via infrastructure development could make us miss out on an opportunity to recreate the transportation system to be healthy, sustainable, environmentally beneficial.On the one hand many want The Economy to get back on its feet, in other words for The Economy to return to the pattern of Economic Growth that is required to keep the game of Corporatism going.  The popular FIX being offered currently is JOBS, work that will employ people, get money in their wallets, so they can go back out and start buying stuff.

The other need we have in America is to transform the transportation system, making it less damaging to the environment, stop its contribution to global warming, shift us off fossil fuels and the ecological and political harm those fuels cause around the world.

The existing transportation system was built over the last hundred years or so, and in large part the system of bridges and highways cemented in place a transportation system of gasoline or diesel powered vehicles, driven on rubber tires, on asphalt roads.  Prior to this model there had been an extensive system of electric rail lines around cities, as well as the horses and buggies, etc.  That has been supplanted by rubber tires, asphalt roads, and fossil fuels in the form of diesel and gasoline.

On one level the transportation infrastructure is an investment our society makes in supporting the flow of commerce around cities.  The better the infrastructure, the better the flow of commerce, and the better off we all are because economic conditions are better.  Supposedly.

On another level the transportation infrastructure cements, literally, into place certain transportation choices.  In today’s American cities the transportation infrastructure is dominated by rubber tires, asphalt roads, and fossil fuels in the form of diesel and gasoline.  As a consequence there are a litany of negative side effects including environmental degradation, climate change, political meddling in oil countries that leads to violent wars, geopolitical negative karma heaped upon the U.S., land use horrors like endless parking lots, unwalkable cities forcing Americans into a sedentary unhealthy lifestyle, etc.

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There is a call to invest in fixing the transportation infrastructure so that we can have jobs so that the economy can be straightened out.  Following that path means reaffirming the current transportation infrastructure, and all its negative consequences.

Ponder an example, “Think of how many JOBS Darth Vader created building that Death Star”.  Some JOBS have a purpose to build death, and some JOBS have a purpose to build health.  What will it be?

 

 

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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