Quote of the Day

“At last measure, we are sending $612,500 overseas every minute in support of our current automotive lifestyle. Cumulatively, over recent decades, this has amounted to a ‘massive, irreversible shift in wealth and power from the United States to the petro-states of the Middle East and energy-rich Russia.’ This cash transfer, which is quickly working its way up to a third of a trillion dollars each year, is building some truly stunning metro-rail systems in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – our cars are buying their trains. Add to this amount the significant chunk of our $700 billion military budget that is used to protect these questionable foreign interests, and it’s easy to see how our oil appetite could undo us economically long before the oil begins to run dry.”

– Jeff Speck in “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step At a Time”

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