why i am glad gas is $4 per gallon
It seems like we don’t really care of the consequences of our actions, unless they have consequences for us. So we can know all the right things to do in life, but unless they have some personal consequence or benefit for us, we sometimes get lazy about doing them.
One great example? Driving. We all know we should carpool, combine errands, buy high mpg cars, and walk, bike, or take public transportation when possible. But we often don’t want to do it. Why? Because it is just easier to drive. The car sitting in our garage or on the street out front calls to us. “I can take you anywhere you want to go, just hop in, what’s it going to hurt?” Sure, the coffeeshop is only a 20 minute walk away, but I can get there in 5 by car. And I know that I can wait two days to stop by the bookstore on my way back from the grocery store, but I would really rather go there tonight. We give in- the car is oh so convenient and oh so comfortable.
So I am glad, very glad, that gas is $4 a gallon. Hopefully it will hit us where it hurts- in the pocketbook- and the personal consequence of high expenses at the pump will help curb our oil addiction. People have been complaining about it, starting facebook groups to protest it, and even lobbying congress to do something about it, but I just sit back and smile. We are finally being given personal reasons to curb our oil use, and it’s a beautiful thing.
I hope gas prices go higher. Maybe when it hits $6 or $8 per gallon we will beef up our public transportation systems, finally allow electric cars to go into market, and built bike lanes instead of roads. I’m looking forward to the day… and I think my bike is too.
In the mean time, I am aware of the devastating consequences that high gas prices can have on us. People are losing jobs as more company resources need to move into fuel prices. People are going hungry around the world as the US tries to produce ethanol substitutes to gas. And more US oil drilling will begin as more and more people protest the rising price at the pump and the government searches for solutions. I wish there was an easier way to stop our addiction to oil, but I’m guessing it is going to be a messy and painful withdrawal process, and I know a lot of people will get caught up in the mess (the poor and the oppressed) who don’t deserve too.
Maybe we should start thinking about how to end our oil addictions now, before we are forced to by the end of oil or by sky-high prices. Then maybe we can make it a smoother and less painful process, but, as I said earlier, I doubt we will really do anything until it really hurts our own finances.