STEVE： How did you get around over there？ Did you rent cars？
ALLEN： No， that would be too expensive. We used the train system. We bought a special pass called a Eurail pass. It lets people use the train wherever they want， as often as they want. STEVE： I've heard about Eurail passes. So those Europeans really depend on trains a lot. ALLEN： Yes， they do. I wish we Americans had a better train system. STEVE： I know. Our train system is lousy. And besides， Americans love their cars too much. ALLEN： I agree. And probably the automobile companies are too powerful. They never allowed the government to develop trains. STEVE： It's too bad for the environment. So much pollution from cars. ALLEN： Americans love cars for different reasons， I think. One reason is that we are very individualistic. And cars are a very individual way of getting around. Americans like the freedom of driving around by themselves. They don't want to ride in a train or bus with a group of people. STEVE： Yes， I agree. I think it is a cultural characteristic. It would be very hard to get us Americans to change this. But you know what？ Probably， in the future， Americans will have to change. ALLEN： Why do you say "have to"？
STEVE： Because the earth's environment can't tolerate cars forever. I think cars are already causing global warming. When the problem gets more serious， world governments will have to start limiting car use. ALLEN： Maybe you're right. They will have to develop alternative transportation. But it will be hard in America. Too many people are used to cars. Even in our movies cars are very important. STEVE： Wow！ I didn't notice the time. It's almost noon. I have to get home. ALLEN： Do you want me to give you a ride？
STEVE： No， no problem. I have my car in the parking ramp around the corner. ALLEN： Alright. Well， I'll stay here and have another coffee. Nice running into you. STEVE： See you around.