if you prefer to live in pollution and consume oil at a faster rate, then don't change. Pretty simple. That or figure out how to make a finite resource infinite. If you can do that, no need to change anything at all, keep burning gas like it's an infinite resource.
No where do they list the actual questions they used, so the only thing you can "take away" from it is surveys can't be trusted without full disclosure of the questions used.
The evidence does suggest more than half of US citizens don't know dick about security or encryption, which also suggests the education system is totally fucked. It's not that hard to understand "the basics" of security and encryption. Being an expert, which I am not, takes decades. You don't need to be an expert to understand what the FBI is asking is a backdoor. With respect, I say fuck any government that demands a backdoor on smart phones.
Having cars handle freeway driving would definitely improve things and help reduce congestion. If we're talking freeway only autonomous driving, that feels feasible by 2030. The other 10% is going to take much longer than anyone thinks.
To say "no one chooses phones based on carriers" is just wrong. Some of the points you make are valid, but making blanket statements weakens your argument.
I used to work in the mobile industry in 2000 when smarts phones first appeared. In fact one of the first smart phones was from Neopoint. Many of the GPS features people use every day existed as far back as 1999. I am glad for the competition between android and iOS. There's enough space for everyone to make money. It's not a "zero sum" game, so people should stop pretending it is.
"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"