They say if only electricity is cut-off permanently, it can slowly lead to the eventual downfall of human civilization as we know it. The same thing can be said about transportation too. Overpopulation will not just seem like a joke then.
To have an actual piece of news, you have to go to someplace from where everyone is trying to get away from. Now, this was seen as a large chunk of stupidity by their loved-ones, and a deeply unsettling courageousness by their paid-ones.