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CD, I follow the law and ride on the road. Now if only drivers would follow the law and give me three feet... Anyway, cycling instead of driving is another way to save money being green :P
Our taxpayer money is being saved in the long run, would you rather have a less efficient building that will cost more to operate in the long run? That aside, if we don't conserve more of our resources and protect the environmet we might not be around to pay taxes much longer.
You can also see several years past fiscal reports if you want to compare past salaries. Plenty of transparency, just requires five minutes of web searching.
I don't see what the big deal with the HOT lane is. They didn't take away an unrestricted lane that all commuters could use. The only people that could have been slighted are the two person carpools that were using the HOV lane before. I would much rather these types of solutions be implemented than build more lanes or more roads.
I do not understand the idea that not giving away money to corporations is "liberal." Are people afraid of the oil companies? If gas gets to expensive exercise your power as a consumer and don't buy it.
Are paved roads, libraries, parks, or public education rights guaranteed by the constitution or bill of rights? They are not, but we all benefit from them and most could not afford private sector alternatives. Healthcare coverage for all would be a benefit to all in a way that universal home/car/life insurance would not be.
You can do a lot to reduce personal dependence on gas. Using your legs is a good place to start: walk or bike. Using public transportation where available, the amount of energy you’re using is split with other passengers. Live, work, and shop in a small enough radius to use the above for transport. Use more fuel efficient or alternative fuel vehicles; something as simple as a smaller car or a larger adjustment like using a motorcycle for daily transport.
I won’t pretend you can eliminate all dependence on oil immediately (my family does have a car but the amount of gas we use is well within our means), but there is a lot you can start doing now to prepare for an uncertain energy future. If it’s a big enough problem to complain about, it’s a big enough one to do something about.
Does it matter whose fault it is? If the price of gas is crippling your lifestyle, why not change your lifestyle so you don’t need gas?
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