Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Would An Oil Crisis Cripple Your City?

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

There’s nothing funny about this article on cities best prepared for oil supply problems (found via Digg). My apologies to, but I’m going to have to take issue with your list of cities that could best weather such a crisis.

  1. New York, NY. This one I can understand since cars don’t do New Yorkers much good anyway.
  2. Boston, MA.
  3. San Francisco, CA. No oil for these guys would mean an empty Golden Gate and overflowing trolleys.
  4. Chicago, IL.
  5. Philadelphia, PA.
  6. Portland, OR.
  7. Honolulu, HI. I guess they could just surf to work.
  8. Seattle, WA.
  9. Baltimore, MD. Okay, now this one is obviously wrong. For starters, Baltimoreans love their cars. Second, I have better public transportation in my pants than Baltimore has in its whole city. And third, a big chunk of Baltimore commutes to D.C. daily; good luck with that if there’s no gas at the pumps.
  10. Oakland, CA.

Where’s D.C. on this list? As much as I love my car, I don’t doubt that I could get by on just the local buses and Metro if I really needed to, and I live 15 miles outside of the city.

Still, whether your city is #1 or #1,000 on this list, the thought of an oil shortage is not a happy one. The good news is that Americans seem to be finally getting the picture, and most of us are prepared to make a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle our next automobile purchase.

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