OK, I originally posted this as a reply to "Oil and Dependency", but wasn't sure if anyone would see it, so now it's a thread.
There is a book called "Asphalt Nation" by Jane Holtz Kay. It is about the true cost of cars at every level of society and the environment. If you need facts to throw in car driver's faces this book is a must read. I will look through it again and write more about it later.
I saw her speak once and wrote some quotes down:
--1/4 of US defense budget goes to the Middle East
--It costs $50 a day to own a car
--20% of automobile related deaths are pedestrians and bicyclists
--60,000,000 square miles of the US are paved for cars
--A pedestrian requires 5 square feet when standing and 10 when walking
--A car and its access demand 300 square feet when standing, 3000 when moving at 30 mph, and proportionally more at higher speeds
--In commercial terms each shopper takes 70 times his or her floor space to drive and park the car
--Each car needs three parking spaces: home, work, and store
--33% of the life time pollutants produced by a car are created before it ever leaves the factory
--60% are created during its lifetime, and 7% in disposal
--"You're not stuck in a traffic jam, you are the traffic jam."
-German public transport campaign
--"The right to have access to every building in the city by private motorcar in an age when everyone possesses such a vehicle is actually the right to destroy the city."
-Lewis Mumford, urban prophet
--"Growth for its own sake" -slogan of the cancer cell
--"Honk if you love the environment" -an actual bumper sticker
--And saving the best for last -"Drive to work/work to drive"
This book has got a million of these--it will change your life, even if you already swore off cars years ago. I'll write again with more interesting info if I find it.
If anyone ever actually reads this book please let me know. I have never had a chance to discuss it with anyone, but would love to