The average American car sits doing nothing for 92% of it's life. Accounting for all of a car's costs, fuel, insurance, depreciation, upkeep, etc the average US car owner pays $12,544 a year. Own a SUV or pickup truck? Add an additional $1908. More than $0.80 of each $1 spent on gasoline is wasted by the inherent inefficiencies of the modern internal combustion engine. No part of our transportation infrastructure and daily lives wastes more energy than the modern automobile. The traffic death toll in 2015 exceeded 3000 deaths per month, or more than 12 (per year) of the coordinated terrorist attacks on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 that killed 2,996 people. 2.5 million people are seriously injured in car crashes each year. The only wars we have had that had a higher injury rate were the Civil War, WWI & WWII. If the price of gasoline reflected the true cost and various types of damage cars cause gas would cost way more than $10 per gallon. Lets consider the impact automobiles have on Earth's global environment. Commercial airliners contribute 8% of US transportation related greenhouse gases. Between June 2014 and May 2015 US commercial flyers took 779 million airline trips. Americans take 1.1 billion car trips every day. And the vast majority of those car trips serve to transport just 1 person. So cars, trucks, and SUVs contribute 83% of US transportation related greenhouse gases. The total yearly economic & societal cost of motor vehicle death and injury is pegged at $826 billion. The yearly direct costs alone - medical bills, taxes, insurance payments - come to $784 for every man, woman, and child in the US. Lets look closer at the yearly serious injuries number (injuries requiring emergency room trauma care) which is about 2.5 million people per year compared to US wars. If you combine the number of wounded & dead from the Revolution, the War of 1812, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, & Iraq, - you would still come up short. All this waste, pollution and carnage is pretty much taken for granted and just considered 'status quo'. Against the numbers above, one of the hottest issues in the US is about the fact firearms are used to kill some 13,000 people a year in the U.S., not counting suicide, even though driving a car in the US is more dangerous than going to fight in a shooting war. Fail.