Hello there Yunzer !
Actually, we haven't had a car in some ten years now - public transit in the city (Calgary, Alberta , pop ~ 1 million), and ride sharing to get to the mountains.
When I climbed full time, between 1997 and 2004, I owned a Ford half-ton which I had rigged to sleep in the extra space behind the bench front seat - I got a 4 inch medium density foam made to measure for the folding back bench seat, installed a simple box sleeping bag and pillow - on my many trips to your American southwest I would just pull over, maybe at a big rig truck stop - hop over the backrest - lights, music, heat - good times !
Then I sold my condo to continue climbing - eventually I sold the truck - you guessed it - to keep climbing - finally I was down to a six cylinder Camry, which I drove all the way to southern Mexico to climb down there (high altitude).
Then I met Underacanoe (wife), also a climber - we married - Cloudrunner (son) is now twelve and a bit. The Camry was stolen around 2006 - it was falling apart by then - we used the insurance money to rent a car and go visit the southwest with our one and a half year old - visit friends (retired master-sergeant, United States Marines) - I had met near J-Tree and 29 Palms on my first trip down that way - great trip !
Soon we may be riding horses ! (just kidding - no hitching rails in Calgary).
Life as a precariat is interesting - it reminds me of the many hobos I have encountered on the road - some were as intelligent and thoughtful, and human - as any people I've ever met.
Just now I'm at a coffee shop - home soon to Turkey !!
And I'm reading the April 2016 publication:
"Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out of control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks." (A Report from the Weapons Communities of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability).
They're talking about your institution, the Department of Energy - a lot !
Interesting reading - I know a lot about nuclear - too much really - it's depressing - whether its exploration, expoitation, commercial power, or thermo-nuclear weapons and their delivery systems.
Good thing that electricity is 'too cheap to meter', cause there are quite few expenses associated with minor problems like waste disposal, Fukushima core meltdowns, recalcitrant older problems like Chernobl and the like - some 440 nuclear reactors on Earth we will probably never be able to 'safe'. Too bad France went whole hog on breeders - they will go the way of the Dodo bird because of them if Marine Le Pen doesn't do them in first.
I don't expect "the people" to lead us anywhere - it's not human nature.
But "the people" will eventually come to see that they have no future - none at all - unless we change course.
That's what I'm waiting for - but I'm not holding my breath or anything like that - just trying to do a bit, here and there, to expedite things I suppose.