May 02, 2008

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?


At 8:08 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

I'm processing the fact that if gasoline was $9 a gallon like it is everywhere else in the world we would probably all be a lot healthier and we would finally be over the myth that we can continue to pay a fraction of the world rate and consume the lion's share of the world's oil.

We obviously didn't really learn a thing in the gasoline crisis of 1973. Hmm... Were you even born then?

At 9:46 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

Barbara, I was indeed alive in 1973(thanks anyway for the compliment), and I vaguely remember lines at gas stations and people paying people off to fill up. That crisis worked for a while by ushering in a lot of small cars, but then they kept getting bigger. One thing people never talk about is the excess driving that is hidden by improvements in gas mileage of many car engines since 1973. Without those improvements, we would be in even worse shape.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Will said...

I was going to close the garage door and let the car run for a while but the price of gas is already killing me.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Ghetufool said...

is it really a problem for you? it's still a fraction of what you earn right?

imagine, with our meager salary we pay an equivalent amount for oil. still, car sales are on the rise. sad.

but thanks for telling us first hand how the world's best economy is coping up with the rise in energy prices. expect more from you.

At 6:18 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

What's a fraction? 1/2 is a fraction. 3/4 is a fraction. For many people, the sharp rise in gasoline prices in so short a time has been quite a painful shock to the pocketbook. And if the U.S. is still the world's best economy, then I worry very much for the world.


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