This may be a bit off topic, but it takes a lot to really get me upset. Time to rant…
I am so, so disappointed in the way Americans use energy.
As I rode along in the airport shuttle van on the way to the Atlanta airport Wednesday, I couldn’t help but notice how this short, 20 minute trip was a metaphor for everything which is wrong with the way Americans waste energy.
Let me set the scene: Its 7:30 am–the middle of rush hour. The relatively new, bright blue airport shuttle is advancing quickly, bypassing bumper to bumper traffic.
How? Why? We were traveling in the far left lane, marked with large white diamonds. You know–the car pool lane. The lane anyone with at least two passengers can use. The lane which was empty–and I mean empty–as we sped along at 60 miles per hour, leaving all of the other commuters in the dust.
I couldn’t believe our good fortune. Then it hit me: Nearly every one of the cars in the four regular lanes (do they really need five lanes for traffic? What about public transportation?) featured a single driver. Hundreds and hundreds of cars with only one driver. WHAT A WASTE!
Sorry gang, this is indefensible and borderline immoral–and it costs all of us big bucks every time we fill-up. Talk about dependence on foreign oil!
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that I will be driving home from the Tampa airport this afternoon alone. Justified? Probably. I live an hour away, in an area with no public transportation or airport shuttle option.
Shame on us!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat