Oil, gas, and urban sprawl

The oil and gas business should pay attention to, become involved with, and certainly not resist efforts by governments and interest groups to deal with urban sprawl.The issue has received new life recently, helped by the Clinton administration`s early-year introduction of a "livability agenda." It will probably become a feature of Vice-President Al Gore`s political campaign for the presidency.The phenomenon, however, isn`t new. It has been around at least since the end of World War II. Since then, the migration of people and their dwellings away from city centers has rolled steadily along ever-lengthening roadways on the tires of vehicles fueled by petroleum. Social resistance was inevit...

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