Thanks to Gil Friend for pointing us to this wonderful essay from James Howard Kuntsler at Orion Online. Our author visits the New York International Auto Show and notes a “hallucinatory trend” here:
It became painfully clear that the attendees of the New York Auto Show were a self-selecting group of people who were all reasonably comfortable with the belief that America’s car culture has a big future. I didn’t try to debate them; but I did wonder what the quality of their disappointment might be like later this year when the “summer driving season” gets underway and gasoline prices penetrate the three-dollar-a-gallon floor. They will blame the oil companies, the government, the Arabs — they will blame everybody but themselves.
This reminds me of the piece I posted on Thursday about “grieving for oil”: clearly, everyone in the denial stage gathers at events like this, and it turns into one big celebration of co-dependency…
And on a related note, Gil has created a website for his “Sustainable Business — A Declaration of Leadership.” You can download the original PDF document, or buy an 11×17 printed poster at a special preview price.
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