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Albany Screws NYC Again

Posted by Paul Woodland | 2 Comments

Congestion Pricing

I’ve written often on this site about the propaganda tactics used to create the false impression of a scientific consensus about the effect of C02 on the earth’s climate. Because of this many people probably don’t see me as an environmentalist, but the truth is that I do care deeply about creating a clean environment where humans can live in relative symbiosis with nature. Part of my motivation for moving to New York City was the fact that urban dwelling just seemed like logical best approach to living in a world which will have 9 billion inhabitants in the not too distant future.

That being said, I was rather disappointed to see Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan go down in flames. Unlike his Olympic Bid and the West Side stadium, this proposal actually seemed to make sense. New York City is simply not designed to support massive numbers of vehicles. If most people did not already take public transport, the system would not work at all. As the population swells and more and more cars try to jam themselves into the The City the system will break down.

I’d like to ride my bike on my city’s streets without having to fear for my life. I’d like to be able to ride on a public transportation system that isn’t a relic from 1965 (The $350 million for public transport that Albany denied us will ensure that this does not happen). I’d like to be able to breath cleaner air.

The Legislature in Albany, who always seem to have New York City’s worst interests at heart, have denied me and other New Yorkers the right to live in a decent environment, so that they can drive their stinking SUVs into The City whenever they feel like it, without paying a toll for the misery it causes the rest of us.


2 Responses to “Albany Screws NYC Again”

  1. Matt Friedlander
    April 8th, 2008 @

    Hear Hear!

    I know Bloomberg is really pissed about what got passed down to him, but I have an alternative solution, one which everyone knows about but doesn’t consider.

    Let’s Secede!

    I say we embrace the idea of being a separate entity of NYS and run our own place, how it should be run.

  2. Jason
    April 8th, 2008 @

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