Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
North American (United States and Canada) policy generally favors low energy prices, with low taxes, production subsidies and other types of energy industry support. As a result, North Americans are energy rich: an average worker can purchase more fuel per hour of labor than almost any other time or place. In response North Americans have developed energy intensive lifestyles and industrial practices, have failed to implement many energy conservation practices common in other parts of the world, and consume more energy per capita than most other times and places.
Friday, July 11, 2008 - 10:22am PDT
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 10:54am PDT
People’s response to death typically proceeds through various stages: disbelief, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, and eventually acceptance and hope. Motorists’ response to increased fuel price seems to follow similar stages:
Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 8:59am PDT
It turns out that the “law of demand” (the tendency of higher prices to reduce consumption) and the principles of urban economics (that improved accessibility increases land values) still apply. If we are smart, we can use these to help solve problems and benefit consumers.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 11:16am PDT
Every person is unique. Every day is unique. Every trip is
unique. As a result, an efficient and equitable transportation system must be diverse, so people can choose the best
option for each trip. For example, today you might prefer to walk or bicycle,
but tomorrow find it best to use public transit or drive.
Friday, March 28, 2008 - 3:19pm PDT
Friday, December 7, 2007 - 1:46pm PST
Many families move to sprawled, automobile-dependent suburbs because they want a safe place to raise their children. They are mistaken. A smart growth community is actually a much safer and healthier place to live overall.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 6:02am PST
Although it is sometimes difficult to recognize in day-to-day planning activities, our ultimate goal is to make the world better, that is, to help create paradise on earth. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!
There are two different and often conflicting concepts of how to create paradise. It is important that planners understand the differences between them.
Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 11:24am PST
The newest Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Report was recently released, stimulating discussion of congestion costs and potential solutions. Here are some things you should know when evaluating these issues.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 4:01pm PDT
A commodity is something that is normally bought and sold. Not everything is a commodity. Sure, most people need to purchase a certain amount of food, clothing and housing, but many other things that we value are not for sale.
For example, simply purchasing exercise equipment will not make you physically fit – it requires effort. Similarly, health, safety, education, rewarding personal relationships, community and our satisfaction with life are aspirations that depend more on our behavior than on how much we spend.
Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 11:43am PDT