Well, I predicted it long ago, but it didn’t happen when expected. I predicted that gasoline would be above $3.00 a gallon when back before Katrina wrecked havoc on the Gulf Coast. I firmly believe that if She hadn’t been an issue we would have seen these prices by Christmas of that year. Now that it’s here, I wonder what people will do to cope with the higher prices. Maybe this time we’ll learn our lesson. We had problems like this in the 70’s, remember.
Gasoline was incredibly high back then. I can remember taking a couple of church buses down to Boston for a concert. On the way back we had to stop for gas, and it was close to $3.00 back then in the greater Boston area. The stations were only taking cash, and you had to prepay. And they were limiting what you could get for quantity. As I recall, I put twenty dollars worth between the two of the vans. we were still running pretty empty, but it got us out of the city where I could get some gas for about seventy five cents less a gallon, and no limits on quantity.
So why am I bringing up a piece of a nearly forgotten past? Because the past is history, and history keeps repeating itself. This isn’t the first time that the price and availability of petroleum products in its many forms has been a serious issue. And each time it comes up, there is a glimmer of hope for mankind, though that hope becomes quickly snuffed, like a candle in the wind. (sorry, EJ)
After the seventies crisis we passed regulations and implemented programs to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase the efficiency and mileage of our automobiles. Remember the flurry of sales for those cheap little foreign imports? What ever happened to high mileage cars? Today we see more and more of the larger SUV’s on the road. They are great vehicles, but how many people actually need to be driving them? the smaller compacts are as safe on the road today, and the mileage is a lot better.
And then there is the mighty Hummer. That’s one of the most irresponsible vehicle on the road today. Why are they even allowed to be produced? Come on people, we need to stop the sniping and bickering and start working together. A lot of people seem to want to put the blame on our environmental ills on the Capitalists, but you know what? I don’t blame them. A person goes into business to make money, and the best way to make money is to sell people what they want.
As long as there is a market for these gas hogging road monsters, they’re going to be made. And they’re going to be sold. So if you want to protest and complain about this Global Warming Lie, don’t do it while driving around in an Escalade. It just makes you look stupid.