Environment: End of a Life-Style?

The voters of Los Angeles will make a very expensive decision at the polls this fall. Should they authorize a special new 1% sales tax to subsidize bus fares and finance a brand-new $8 billion mass-transit system? Or should they turn down the proposition and face the unpleasant prospect of eventual curbs on the use of private cars—a drastic turn-away from the freewheeling California lifestyle?

The reason for the dilemma is air pollution. Every day Los Angeles cars belch the better part of 700 tons of noxious chemicals into the atmosphere. To protect the...

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