Trying to Remain a Four Dollar Per Gallon Virgin
It has not been easy to be a four dollar virgin. Today I paid $ 3.92 (don't try to fool me with $ 3.91.9) at the gasoline pump for medium grade 89 octane. Premium was four dollars (duh, $ 3.99.9, same thing) at this gas station, the cheapest one around. My car is supposed to use premium but I gave that up a long time ago. Other area gas stations are charging well over four bucks, even for regular.
Most trucks, which move so many of our goods, use diesel fuel, the price for which is approaching five dollars per gallon. Does anyone want to guess what effect five dollar per gallon diesel fuel might have on commerce and prices in the United States? Does anyone think that skyrocketing energy prices in the U.S. do not represent a crisis?
Gasoline has been this expensive here for weeks. As a result, I am driving less, and planning my automobile trips more. I'm looking at the car not as some default or automatic necessity, but as a choice among other choices, including walking, bike riding, and public transportation. In other words, I'm doing what most other people in the world have been doing for many years.
What, if anything, are you doing differently?