Warning: car may cause climate change, resource exhaustion, pollution and sprawl
An open letter to the Wheels Section of The Toronto Star by Hamish Wilson:
There is no reason to celebrate the gross waste of resources and environmental destruction of automobility, so aptly pictured on the cover of the Wheels 25th anniversary section.
There's a massive parking lot leaching salt, wiper fluids (perhaps with TeflonTM?), spilt oil and radiator fluids directly into Lake Ontario and our drinking water; energy hog power cars are spewing their exhausts and fine burnt particles from tire-burning starts to sensationalize often-deadly speed; and valuable urban land is covered only with asphalt, not houses.
And while the Star doesn't really notice such anomalies as near-record warmth and rain on this 25th Anniversary, let alone draw dots from billions of particles of fossil fuel combustion to climate change, at least we know of a lot of extreme weather events going on in the world, and some media are less "carrupt" to at least mention that these extreme events are consistent with climate change. But any message of conservation might be less "seasonal" as it could mean buying less, and interfering with profits - and not just yours.
Having mild weather, with saturating rainfall, followed by deep cold, is fabulous for breaking up infrastructure, though there's more "news" in telling us about an infrastructure deficit, as prevention would involve breaking codes for "objectivity" and "truth", though we don't see the cars as that at-times deadly elephant in our living room, and we're entitled to burn irreplaceable oil all the time, forever, and complain about the "insane price of gasoline".
But just as you've got some moral standards against genocides, asbestos and cigarette ads, you must develop some morals with our excessive automobility harming both our future, and the present, one example being Tuvalu, with near-irreversible climate change soon to submerge all of it.
It might be too much to expect that the Star would voluntarily label The Wheels section with sets of graphic, large warnings about all the dangers and harms of cars, like cigarettes now have, and all our governments are also "carrupt". But if you have any pretences at having ethical integrity, including fighting against climate change, and not abetting it, you should put some honesty into your Wheels section, in a consistent clear and BIG way. And in the spirit of honesty, cars can be very useful, they are quite astonishing technically, they are costly to operate, and I occasionally get in one - thanks to those who give me these lifts.
And at least you're not directly targetting pedestrians and cyclists in the Car Wars - that's for our new Mayor Ford.