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19 April 2006 @ 05:59 pm
Mmm...oil  
So, I went to pay for gas today (since I had maybe a gallon left in the tank), and discovered that, once again, gas is $3 a gallon. And this is in April. I'm willing to bet that it'll be $3.25-$3.50 by the summer, and that's assuming a hurricane doesn't push it up to $4.50 or higher.

These prices actually don't bother me too much--maybe they'll convince the 50% who voted for Bush in 2004 how stupid a mistake they made--but the problem is, people won't realize that it's a good opportunity to push alternate energy research. They'll just scream for lower gas prices now and vote out anyone who doesn't deliver. Not that, strictly speaking, I can blame them. I have plenty of free space in my budget to soak the price increases. Most people don't.

Worry, worry...
 
 
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Jnytesenvy on April 19th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
yeah, i said the same thing yesterday when i bought gas for 3/gallon. >_<

just feel better (or worse maybe) that i paid that price in a city.
Lalalala Lanaflyingwild on April 20th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
It's still $2.85 here in Brookfield....I just cringe everytime I look up flights to England. Last year they were under $500 for spring break...right now for mid-June it's pushing $1100.

Thank god I just got a new car with an 11 gallon tank that gets around 30mpg. Talk about a money saver.
sabinae_saga: Housesabinae_saga on April 20th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
So much for alternate fuels...
You could always move to Iowa where they add ethanol to their gas. It means cheaper gas, but it takes as much or more energy to produce than gasoline.
And I doubt anyone is going to trade in their Yukon or other huge SUV that can swallow little cars in a gulp for a Hybrid. If anything, people will continue to blindly pay out the nose.
dorchadasdorchadas on April 20th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: So much for alternate fuels...
And sugar cane ethanol is something like 5 or 6 times more energy efficient to produce than corn ethanol...but processing it causes environmental damage.

Like you said, ethanol research (a lot of which is funded by agri-business interests) is certainly not the answer to Peak Oil. People will pay until they start starving, and then they'll whine about making gas cheaper at any cost, and when our global civilization collapses from want of cheap oil and billions die, we'll know who to blame.

...well, there's a nice thought to start my morning with.