It is noted that the changing outlook for the automobile presents governments with complex political choices, sometimes leading to an ambivalent attitude toward-the car. Some foriegn governments have tired to reduce auto-use by rationing gasoline. In third world countries, auto ownership is discouraged by tariffs. In government policies in industrialized countries cannot effectively curb gas consumption, there is a risk that the purchasing power of affluent motorists will drive oil prices upward until economics development programs are brought to a standstill in poorer countries. Governments must reverse the traditional trend to encourage auto use and invest in highway systems at the expense of fuel-efficient alternatives such as railroads. Channeling government revenues into public transport and the construction of bikeways will lead to greater mobility with oil forces in the 80's likely to dwarf those in the 70's, transit systems that are to make a difference must be funded soon. Countries that fail to aid their mass transit systems will be left with seriously deficient transportation capacities.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The article is from the authors' book, Running on Empty, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Brown, L R
    • NORMAN, C
    • Flavin, C
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: p. 4-6
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  • Accession Number: 00322687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM