Common Tragedies

Thoughts on Environmental Economics

Free Ride

Posted by Rich Sweeney on April 16, 2008

Yesterday Greenwire had a story on Congress’s new WheelsForWellness program. The exact details of the program are still being worked out, but the general idea is to place bikes around the Hill that staffers can register to use for free. While this is a nice little gimmick, I’d really love to see DC go the way of Copenhagen, and offer free public bikes to all of us. This would be especially useful for DC tourists, as the Metro is really only practical for going long distances and the cab “system” is a joke.

Moving on, I’d just like to point out that John McCain called for a summer gas tax holiday in his economic policy speech yesterday. The man who self admittedly “doesn’t understand economics” is proving it to all of us by simultaneously calling for action on climate change and a suspension of gas taxes. I guess it’s easy to be a “maverick” when the media lets you have your cake and eat it too. What a joke.

Finally, with the Pope in town today I figured it’d be a good time to talk about the Popemobile. First of all, can you believe we call it that? Like the Batmobile. On to the vehicle. I had a hard time figuring out exactly what type of car the Pope’d be rollin in today. The picture on Wikipedia appears to be a suped up Mercedes-Benz 230 G with a giant tic-tac case mounted to the back.

While Benedict’s clearly got a bias towards ze Germans, I sure hope someone’s workin to put him in test version of the Volt.

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