Go and read Marko’s post:
I’m not addicted to oil. I’m addicted to being able to drive into town on my own schedule. I’m addicted to being able to haul home a week’s worth of groceries with two little kids in tow without having to wait for the fucking bus with eighty pounds of filled plastic bags in my hands. (That’s disregarding the fact that I live out in the sticks, and the nearest bus stop is four miles away, which is one hell of a hike with the aforementioned two little kids and week’s worth of groceries.)
And that pretty much sums it up. Ok, I don’t have kids, but public transportation doesn’t run anywhere CLOSE to where I live, sure I could bike to the closest stop, but it’d be an hour ride one way, then, since the public transportation system here sucks, it would be a couple hours on the bus to get where I’m going, and considering what winter looks like here its rather not an option between November and April. Rinse repeat for the ride home. Sure I could put baskets on the bike to carry stuff, but again, there’s no where that close to ride too. Closest pharmacy (that carry’s some groceries at a high price) is a 15 minute drive away, closest grocery store is a 20 minute drive in the opposite direction. And yes, thats DRIVING, in a CAR, mostly at speeds of 55mph. Ok true it was my decisions to buy a house in the boonies, but the closer in to the city the more cramped you are, the smaller the house, and the more it cost so that didn’t make sense either.
They get around to making an electric car that I can charge off a wind turbine or solar panel in less than 8 hrs, that’ll run more than long enough to not only get me to work and back but also run some errands in between, THEN I’ll buy an electric car. In the mean time even the hybrids are so high priced as to be ridiculous and don’t get THAT much better gas mileage then my Caliber that I bought for about 1/2 the price of the hybrid!