Cause and Effect


Cause and Effect

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Ah, America. Land of the land boat. It’s our right, after all, to drive SUVs and even Hummers. It’s practically a death sentence for any politician to suggest that maybe there’s a reasonable alternative. So we keep sending shiploads of money to other countries around the world in exchange for shiploads of the precious fluids to fuel our fantasies of putting the kids (and we have more kids than the Italians for sure) and driving a few hundred miles to see grandma. So consider the european solution – or at least in this case the Italian solution.

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First: THE CAUSE

So I’ve done the calculations to help out here. That comes out to 6.18 euros/U.S. gallon. At today’s exchange rate that would be $8.65. Even if the dollar were at parity with the euro ( I wish!) that would be pretty darned expensive by american standards.

Now: THE EFFECT

What? You have trouble parking and gas is expensive – here are some alternatives.

The European versions. You won’t see any of these on American roads.

Asia knows a good thing too.

Ah, but these cars are already making inroads.

And from the land of the free and the  home of the brave – but these models don’t exist in the U.S.

And, of course, the classics.

Of course there are differences. Italy, being a much older country, is built on a much more compact scale. Indeed the entire country is a little smaller than California and Europe is substantially smaller than the U.S. Still, it makes sense to realize that rarely do we pile everyone in the car for long distance travel. As gas prices continue to rise I expect us to go further, kicking and screaming, in the same direction. You can already see the trend, especially in my area of California.

But, what about the bicycles and motorscooters (motorini in Italian). They’re only for the young, right?

 What’s the matter with you, boy? You some kinda’ communist or somethin’?

A presto!

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4 Responses to “Cause and Effect”

  1. Jamie P. Says:

    Great post, Joe! Life in compact communities can be much healthier than in typical American sprawl, in so many ways. More walking/riding, more involvement with neighbors/community… and more time for grappa! 🙂

  2. Joe Says:

    I’m glad you liked it Jamie. Also the Italians drink less in general than Americans. More walking, more stairs, healthy diet, closer communities. There’s a lot to like. I’ve heard that the bureaucracy can be quite stifling but have yet to experience that.

    Joe

  3. Jane Says:

    Shared this on Facebook … thanks!

  4. Joe Says:

    Thanks Jane. I’m glad that you liked it.

    Joe

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