The environmental burden of shackling American sprawl

Feb 13, 2019, 6:30 AM EST
(Source: Sean Goggins/flickr)
(Source: Sean Goggins/flickr)

A swanky multistorey parking garage in Berkeley, California makes a mockery of American environmentalism. The facility, just a block from the downtown Berkeley BART station, hogged $40 million for renovation in a city where last mile connectivity is absolutely a no issue.

The very fact exposes the facile nature of Democrats’ fight against climate change, who conveniently choose to turn a blind eye to the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. – transportation, reports Wired.

In touting the Center Street Parking Garage as a “green” facility for its rooftop solar installation, electric-vehicle charging stations and rainwater capture system, the authorities display an abominable ignorance of the complexity of the climate crisis and blatant indifference to future generations, who will live here.

That leads us to a big loophole in Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal, which proposes a radical overhaul of the American economy, promising decarbonization, environmental justice, equal economic opportunities, and more, but miserably falters to address the “dispersed, inefficient” American sprawl that is invariably “unnavigable” without a car, writes Slate.

The disorderly sprawls connected by divided highways and spanning across the American landscape, cost the country’s economy more than $1 trillion annually in reduced business activity, environmental damage and other ways, and the Green New Deal remains silent about this, mistakenly harping on the magic wand of “electric vehicles.”