I commend everyone to this article by Ben Adler on American Prospect, which addresses a perpetually overlooked strategy to reduce oil use and combat global warming:

With all the focus on … “alternate energy programs,” too many [politicians] are ignoring a long-existing technology that, unlike, say, ethanol, already has the power to radically reduce our oil consumption. I’m speaking, of course, of mass transit.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

This is a real problem. There are organized national constituencies for most environmental issues, but when it comes to public transit, there’s nothing.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.