Last month, the Biden administration rolled out its ambitious plan to save the planet from the dangers of carbon. The U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization: a Joint Strategy to Transform Transportation (catchy name, isn’t it?) will play a key role in creating a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035, which will aid in reaching the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 2050. The plan asserts that transportation costs are the second largest expense for American households and that “a well-planned transition to a sustainable transportation future” will improve well, just about everything.
It’s long and full of gov speak just like other government documents. I believe they are lengthy and verbose due to the optimistic forecasts and glowing descriptions that are contained in them.
This plan aims at improving public transportation options such as rail and transitioning to zero-emission vehicles. So long as your car has an electric motor.
Carpooling or ride-sharing has been promoted as an option to reduce emissions. It laments the fact many of these cars are empty if no one is using them. This plan also says that people will be less likely to share rides after the pandemic.
The plan offers some relief by keeping us at our homes.
Access to new technologies is also easier and more convenient.
Telework and other digital elements can be used to increase convenience and decrease travel demand, especially for commuters. There has been some evidence that Telework can reduce travel demand by 10% over the long term.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, small business owners are unhappy with the plan. They still remember the negative effects that quarantine had on their businesses. Ortiz sees similar situations as a result of the Biden administration’s plan.
The plan does more than put small businesses at risk, although that is no small thing. It restricts Americans’ freedom. How much more complicated will trips or errands become? At what point will it become too cumbersome to lug groceries or other purchases around on public transportation? And what becomes of entrepreneurs when people lose the ability or desire to shop? Will our lives be subject to train and bus schedules? Will our choices for personal transportation be limited to EVs, scooters, and bikes? And will we be concentrated within our immediate communities with opportunities to venture further afield made illegal or unaffordable?
The Biden-Harris administration (their term, not mine) and whoever its handlers maybe haven’t factored any of those things into their equation. After all, no one in their socio-economic circles will ever have to worry about these things. Or for that matter, keeping a business afloat. They are free to travel where they wish when they wish. To them, America is nothing more than a giant train set or stack of Legos to be torn down and reassembled to suit their vision. I picture them all sitting cross-legged on a floor, playing with toy monorails and tiny houses, completely oblivious to the fact that in reality, they are playing with people’s lives.