If we don't have enough incentives to commute already, maybe this will help.
Here are some interesting facts from the CIA factbook. I've only chosen
comparisons between the US, Europe and Australia.
Population (2005): EU: 457 Million, US: 296 Million, Australia: 20 Million
Daily Oil Consumption: EU: 14.5 Million BBLS, US: 19.6 Million BBLS, Australia: 796,000 BBLS
GDP: EU: 11.65 Trillion, US: 11.75 Trillion, Australia: 612 Billion
Dividing some of these figures:
Daily Oil Consumption per person: EU: .032 BBL/person, US: .066 BBL/person, Australia: .040 BBL/person
GDP/BBL of oil: EU: $800,000 / BBL, US: $600,000 / BBL, Australia: $769,000 / BBL
If we tried to run a business, and our competitors held this kind of advantage on us, we'd fail miserably, and probably go bankrupt.