If the financial crisis has taught us anything, or the oil spill in the Gulf, which served to highlight the results we should expect from top down risk assessments, as tallied by the gentlemen in charge, we should expect similar results in the future. Or, we can simply set up our own bottom up approach, and in the process, shape a system that begins and ends with the interests of the complete society being respected and cared for. A vigorous demonstration of this action can be seen with regards to the recent uprising of people all across the Arab world against their governments, in response to stale and archaic autocracies — the top down approach is never in the interest of many. It is almost always in the interest of a single group or entity. And the only way to effectively combat that imbalance, is through the use of bottom up strategies.
The Supreme Court’s most recent ruling regarding the constitutional merits, or lack thereof, for the City of New York to try and force certain emissions standards onto the taxi and limousine community of New York, has laid bare the path for a continuation of the status quo — which will most certainly result in the cab industry, here in NYC and by having set a precedent, any other municipality faced with the prospect of legislatively forcing greener standards onto their cab fleets, a free pass to ignore the will of the people in attempting to bring higher standards of operation to the taxi industry on the whole.
Cabcorner affords this city, as well as many others, who are seeking to force the hand of the taxi providers, a way to take steps in a direction that begins to seek greener solutions. If we cannot make the vehicles themselves greener, in terms of resource consumption, we can at least stretch the utility of those resources further, by giving people the tools to “green up” the current infrastructure by using it in a more efficient manner. If they will not come to you, then you will have to go to them — if we are expecting to live in a greener and more cost conscience way.