Saturday, May 05, 2007

Highway Exapnsion as Common Sense

The opponents of a liveable region have taken to using the phrase “common sense” as an explanation of why we need to expand the Port Mann bridge.



Of course “common sense” can be applied to almost anything. I am sure that at one point people thought the concept of a flat earth was “common sense.”



Transportation and pollution are issues that are too important to be discussed with terms like “common sense.” Instead shouldn't we be looking at the evidence?



- Doesn't the evidence suggest that highway expansion does not relieve congestion?

- Doesn't the evidence suggest that highway expansion will increase pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?

- Doesn't the evidence suggest that highway expansion will lead to increased health problems?



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