Urban Traffic, Snow Storms and the Oil Companies

Oil companies have an interest in keeping as many cars on the road as possible, because those cars need gas. There are over 250 million cars on the roads in the US daily, which create horrific traffic jams in many major cities, such as Washington D.C.

Urban Traffic, Snow Storms and the Oil Companies

On January 3, 2022, a snow storm hit northern and central Virginia that caused a traffic nightmare on I-95, north and south bound lanes. But this is not about the tragedy that left thousands of drivers stranded, this is about the number of cars on the highways.

For low-information people who believe that the president – any president – is responsible for the gas prices, please wake up to reality. These are only the men who govern the country, they hold little to no interest in the capitalist game of big oil.

Oil companies have an interest in keeping as many cars on the road as possible, because those cars need gas. There are over 250 million cars on the roads in the US daily, which create horrific traffic jams in many major cities, such as Washington D.C.

Highway infrastructure simply cannot keep up with the number of cars on the highways. The bigger and wider they expand them to meet demand, the faster the highways fill up. There is no end to solving this problem by adding more roads for more cars.

More advanced countries have solved their over-crowed highway problems by creating high-speed train rail systems, designing no-commute work options, allowing employees to work from home, and designing fuel-efficient cars that are powered by another form of renewable energy other than gasoline.

China, Canada, Europe, Germany, Japan, and other more technologically advanced countries do not have hours wait traffic jams, 45-minute commutes to work or weather-related traffic catastrophes such as the one in Washington D.C. on January 3. The U.S. has been bought and paid for by oil companies whos’ only interested is to make a profit.

The CEOs of these companies do not care if people are freezing in their cars over 24 hours, or if they run out of gas, they know they will hit the first gas pump they can once free from the traffic. They do not care about their kids, pets, or home or family life so long as they gas up for the next day. And yes, if someone had died, they would not have cared.

Stop blaming the president for high gas prices and look to the source. The oil companies are sucking every cent from the pockets of workers and will refute any mention of advancement in another direction to ease traffic tensions in the country.

They pay people and lobbyists to pay politicians to oppose bills that would make life easier, simpler and cheaper for the country. As long as the bilk the public of their pay, the country will continue to see headlines and read stories like this:


‘Never Seen Anything Like It': Drivers Stranded for 24 Hours on I-95 in Virginia

Drivers have been stuck on a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in the Stafford County, Virginia, area for nearly 24 hours after multiple trucks crashed amid a major snowstorm that left snow and ice packed onto the road. Sen. Tim Kaine, who represents Virginia in the U.S. Senate, is among the people trapped on the highway. 

Many drivers are out of gas. Some don't have food or water. Some say they have kids, pets and family members with medical needs in the car.

VDOT says a plan is underway to guide trapped vehicles to interchanges and alternate routes. Prince William County firefighters were seen handing out blankets and water bottles Tuesday morning as the traffic nightmare continued.

VDOT said in an update midday Tuesday that efforts to clear the highway are complicated by a number of vehicles that are out of gas, broken down or stuck in snow. 

Kaine told News4 on Tuesday morning that he’s spent more than 21 hours in his car. He left Richmond at 1 p.m. Monday to try to negotiate a voting rights deal in the Senate but still has not arrived. 

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he repeated. 

Driver Anne Gould said traffic stopped on Monday afternoon while she was on her annual trek to Florida. By Tuesday at about 6:20 a.m., Gould said she had only moved ahead in the gridlock by a few car lengths.

“There’s cars and trucks as far as I can see behind me, and in front of me, and it’s looked like this for 12 hours,” she said Tuesday morning.

As of midday Tuesday, southbound traffic was at a standstill and northbound traffic had begun to creep forward.

The Virginia Department of Transportation confirmed both directions of I-95 were shut down between Ruther Glen, in Caroline County, and Exit 152 in Dumfries, Prince William County. That's a stretch of more than 40 miles through the Fredericksburg area, which recorded 14.1 inches of snow Monday.

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