Art Vandelay wrote:This thread is full of people complaining about how much they are spending on gas, but there have only been a few people who mentioned anything like getting a bike. As I said before, it has to get worse before it gets better. If gas were $4 or $5 a gallon, instead of people griping about how much they are spending people would be saying "gas is so expensive I have been riding my bike to work." "it's so expensive i joined a car pool." "it's so expensive the next car i buy will be a hybrid." and hopefully, if enough of the population is pissed off that they have to drastically alter their daily activities (like going to work, school, etc) by fiding a way other than driving their own car to get there (bike, walk, car pool, bus, etc.) then some real change can be enacted.
People complaining about the cost of gas wont force car companies to build more efficient cars and it wont force energy companies to come up with alternate forms or energy. People not buying gas will. And I do not think we will get to that point unless gas gets into the $4 - $5 range.
Nice post and I agree.
I do believe change is coming though. The hybrid cars sell down here and you do see them on the road. I figured I'd give them a couple of years to work out the kinks (I do that with any new line of cars), and then take a serious look at them. Both my cars get over 30 miles per gallon, stay tuned up, and run correctly (they better, one is new and the other is pretty close to new), so it's not like I own 3 Hummers or anything.
I do believe the hybrids will be the car of the future though. Sales should go up for them every year from here forward. The commercials down here are really pushing the mileage they get, and they are selling.
Anyway, glad to hear the reasoning behind the gas prices. Can't say I agree that I want
gas to get that high since I think the country will adapt before it reaches that point, but I do agree that we need to start adapting now.
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