Low Car Sales are BAD news?

Thanks to The New York Times’ Bill Vlasic for covering this bit: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/business/02auto.html?th&emc=th

DETROIT — Sales of new cars and trucks plunged to their lowest level in more than a decade in June, as high gas prices and a weak economy kept American consumers away from dealer showrooms. 

With the drop last month of more than 18 percent, automakers now expect to sell well below 15 million new vehicles this year, far fewer than the norm this decade of more than 16 million vehicles a year.

May I suggest that, economy notwithstanding, the death of fossil-fuels driven automobiles can’t come too soon? Perhaps the failure of this particular leg of the stool, rather than dumping us all on the floor, will rather goad the stool-makers into newer, better techniques for resting our backsides and getting from A to B (pointwise). 

I note that Starbucks is closing 600 stores, too.  That can’t ALL be bad either: making room for local coffee shops and conversation centers seems rather the consummation devoutly to be wished.  All those barristas will find work pressing beans for their neighbors’ cafes while we sip shade grown, locally roasted coffees.  We’ll drive electric (or whatever) vehicles to our humane, environmentally friendly, economy-boosting, fair wage (and trade) amusements, whistling while we work.  (Photo below inserted without copyright permission.  See Wikipedia.) 

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What, me worry?  Jeremiah

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