Environment: Life Without Cars

Life Without Cars?

Was it Utopia or nightmare? The plan shocked state governments and businessmen alike. In announcing a sweeping new series of antipollution regulations last week, the Environmental Protection Agency outlined a fundamental, even traumatic change in an American culture that has grown deeply —and as the EPA believes, dangerously —dependent upon the automobile.

Gas would be rationed in some areas. Parking in major cities would be severely curtailed. New exhaust-control devices, although technically far from perfect, would be required on old as well as new cars. Most startlingly, the EPA proposals suggested that by 1977, limits on gasoline sales could...

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