Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Open forum: Electric cars will offset declining oil supply

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There are two flaws in the letter from Carl Henn (‘‘Declining oil will decrease need for more roads,” Jan. 2 letter).

Firstly, he believes that the declining oil supply will eliminate the need for new roads. Before that happens we will all be driving electric cars, indeed we must, in order to combat global warming.

Secondly, he states that we have seen how new roads have only increased traffic congestion. This completely ignores the massive population growth in this suburban area over the past 40 years. Congestion derives from the failure to build enough new roads to keep pace with this growth. Of course, new public transportation initiatives are needed also, but they won’t eliminate the need for roads.

Anthony Mauger, Kensington