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  • Four Dollar Gas

    Posted on May 24th, 2008 Brian 4 comments

    The Times is wrong. Not all Americans are hating every minute of it. Heather walked outside a few of days ago, and noted that gas was $3.99 at the BP on 13th and N. The next morning, she was thrilled to find it was $4.15.

    Why are we so happy? Because we bet against cars a long time ago. The higher the price gets, the more people will realize they don’t really need their cars, and the fewer cars on the road means better air quality, less pollution, safer streets, and continued vitalization of the city – just to name a few. That’s not even to mention fewer parking disputes.

    So, yeah. Some of us are enjoying the high gas prices, because we know it signals a major transition in the wasteful way the majority of Americans live their lives.

     

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    • Roger in Miami Gardens

      Amen! I have one year left to pay off my car, and after I do, I’m giving it to my brother and his family who need it more than I do (I live in a Miami suburb, where biking is pretty decent and public transport isn’t all that bad).

      I’ve always thought that most Americans are married to their cars, not out of neccesity, but more out of prestige and going along with the crowd. This, thanks mostly to millions of dollars being invested in television advertisments and the like. Like you and a growing number of North AMericans, I have seen the light, and I ain’t going back to the dark cave. One year can’t come soon enough. Yahoo! Lol

    • Edward Williams

      YEAH!

      Finally someone who realizes driving SUVs and shipping water from Europe in little glass jars that take a lot of energy to produce may not be the sanest way of life in a world running out of oil. There are so many things you can make out of oil, people are going to look back and think we were crazy for burning it.

      I gave up my car when I lived in downtown LA and realized I was paying $400 for parking and never using it. When I moved to Pasadena, I found I was within a 15 minute walk of work, shopping, everything else. Still no car needed.

      My real friends have become scattered from Taiwan to Europe as well as all over the US. I use gmail and their names pop up as I check my email and we chat.

      I am surrounded by people in Southern California who spend two hours a day stuck in traffic in thier SUV. Insane!

    • Edward Williams

      YEAH!

      Finally someone who realizes driving SUVs and shipping water from Europe in little glass jars that take a lot of energy to produce may not be the sanest way of life in a world running out of oil. There are so many things you can make out of oil, people are going to look back and think we were crazy for burning it.

      I gave up my car when I lived in downtown LA and realized I was paying $400 for parking and never using it when I moved to Pasadena, I found I was within a 15 minute walk of work, shopping,everything else. Still no car needed.

      My real friends have become scattered from Taiwan to Europe as well as all over the US. I use gmail and their names pop up as I check my email and we chat.

      I am surrounded by people in Southern California who spend two hours a day stuck in traffic in thier SUV. Insane!

    • While I share your concern for the environment and disdain for those people that enjoy waste as an American Ideal, I think your concern about gas prices is a little short sighted. What you fail to realize is that your quality of life and happiness revolves around the cost of a gallon of petrol. Pretty soon, you will no longer be able to afford, or even acquire those fancy coffee blends and lattes that your favorite barrister pulls for you. Why? Because it all comes in on diesel, which is over $5/gal atm pretty much everywhere. Truckers are finding it cheaper to let their rigs sit ideal than pay gas. Say goodbye to fresh fruit, affordable milk, and those delicious sounding chicken caesar salads you seem found of. Oh yeah and say hello to higher electricity and gas bills. Wait till you get sick again and you have to go to the doctor to get meds…at the very least your co-pay will go up if you have decent insurance and if you don’t, even the generic brands will not save you. My wife drives 40 miles one way every day. There are no public transportation opportunities for her. We wanted to live a “universal” life-style (part rural and part urban). That may come to a crashing demise. We literally do not have enough money to even by a damn DVD at Wal-Mart right now. Sure, we could sell the farm, the horses and the goats…most people will not feel sorry for us since these activities were a hobby anyway…but shouldn’t I be able to live that way? More importantly…your little urban paradise as you seem to think of it will falls to pieces without the support from the rural community. My neighbors right now cannot even afford to fertilize their rows crops. They will see anywhere from 25%-50% reduction in harvest this year. I think very few people are doing a good enough job of connecting all the dots, (gas prices, global warming, war, etc.)…hard times are coming I think. Even though the GDP wasn’t negative last quarter, the hard times are coming…get ready for Maxwell House Original Blend and powdered eggs…