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Some claim that Europeans have developed an enlightened alternative. Americans return from London and Paris and tell their friends that everyone gets around by transit. But tourists tend to confine themselves to the central cities. Europeans may enjoy top-notch transit and endure gasoline that costs $5 per gallon, but in fact they don't drive much less than we do. In the United States, automobiles account for about 88 percent of travel. In Europe, the figure is about 78 percent. And Europeans are gaining on us.
The key factor that affects driving habits isn't population density, public transit availability, gasoline taxes or even different attitudes. It's wealth. Europe and the United States are relatively wealthy, but American incomes are 15 to 40 percent higher than those in Western Europe. And as nations such as China and India become wealthier, the portion of their populations that drive cars will grow...
The other four myths are skewered with enough logic and fact that make you want to get behind the wheel and drive for the sake of driving. The one myth that truly floored me was the myth that we are paving over America and that soon there will be only the dreary concrete jungle of the Megalopolis. The fact is only 5.4 % of American land is developed according to the US Census Bureau. They descibed developed as 30 people per square mile. In an urban area many thousands can live in a square mile.
We should certainly work hard as a society to develop more efficient and technologically advanced cars. We should try to reduce pollution and be mindful of the effect of sprawl. But we should do so with the mind that cars are one of the crowning glories of Western Civilization.
And remember: It's Not Just Your Car, It IS Your Freedom!