In wake of Katrina, do we need an (Inter)national telecommute day\^H\^H\^H decade?
By bnitz on Sep 01, 2005
The availability and cost of gasoline is probably very low on the priority list of those caught up in the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but it is something that may effect nearly every U.S. resident. Fortunately, many of us have the potential to make an impact on this by using less. Apparently people in other large cities are taking advantage of public transportation and carpooling more often. This is very good, but what of those who live beyond the reach of the public transportation system? Few of us live beyond the reach of a phone line and many of us live within the reach of broadband. So why not iWork? Sun tries to encourage Iwork wherever possible. I wonder if managers of other progressive companies would consider a enabling employees to telecommute, if their job function allows it? What if those companies had support of the President and federal government? Taxes could be configured to provide write-offs for "miles not commuted" rather than "miles commuted."
Could this make a difference? I know it would reduce the financial burden on employees, some of whom are now paying more than $3.00/gallon for the gasoline which is necessary to physically appear at work. It would reduce demand, possibly enough to help tame the spike in fuel prices. And it might just remind OPEC that one of their biggest customers has alternatives.