Sunday, September 04, 2005

Very Expensive Gas

Today I had to fill up both of my cars. I spent $117.00 on gas. That is pretty amazing to me. I know that I am going to sound like an old man right now, but I remember when I started driving and gas was $.89 per gallon. I paid $3.50 per gallon today. That is a lot of money when you get right down to it.

Everyone may hate me for saying this, but part of me is really glad that gas prices are going up so much. We don't pay nearly enough for gas in America. In other countries, gas can easily cost over $8.00 per gallon. When per capita income is taken into consideration, it is not uncommon for people to pay 30 times as much as we do for gas!!! Because gas has been so inexpensive fo so long, there has not been much of a felt need for fuel efficient cars or alternative energy sources. I am hoping that the dramatic rise in prices will spur public support and funding for research in those areas. It is a dream of mine to live in a world where we don't use fossil fuels and we don't pollute the air.

The dream of being completely fossil fuel-free is a distant hope. In the short term there are things that could happen that would make a positive difference. I would love to see an increase in carpooling and public transportation. As prices have climbed recently, Lindsay, Ian and I have all re-arranged our schedules a bit so that we can ride together to Newark a few days per week. Each of us has made a small 1/2 hour change in our schedules and we have gone from driving 3 cars to driving 1. Because one of those cars is my truck, we have cut our gas consumption to 1/4 on the days we share rides. I hope to see more people make this shift. It is really easy and it is totally worth it. Your wallet will love you and the environment will thank you.


sha'uri said...

and thus the no-license/car thing comes in handy :-P I drive into school with my mom each morning b/c of it :-P although I do have my permit... gosh it's taking a long time to get hours in! *my fault* *sheepishly hangs head*

9/04/2005 11:32 PM  
Jason - Band Member said...

I too think it wouldn't hurt for gas to cost more, if only to wean Americans of their "who cares how much gas this car takes" mentality.

But I do worry on the toll it takes on people who can't afford the rise in prices. I can. And I can tell you too, it stinks but more efficient cars generally cost more too. So there you have it.

I barely use any gasoline at all though, seeing as I walk from the top floor to the basement to go to work.

9/04/2005 11:48 PM  
the sarge said...

yeah i am one of those people who can't afford gas...much less anything else... but hey i agree, i rode the dart bus to wilmington for 2 symesters, alot of crazy people rode on them and sometimes they would be like 2 or 3 hours late, that was annoying. but hey whatever is best for the environment even though exspensive is cool with me cause God will provide :)

9/04/2005 11:57 PM  
Ian - band member said...

I took an ecology class in school last year (awesome class by the way. Roland Roth was one of the best professors ever!). All of my fellow students were what you might call "tree huggers." I mean that in the nicest way possible, they all just really cared about our world. They were also the most interesting people I have had class with yet. Anyway, they are all probably rejoicing and having vegan pizza parties right now. They were saying that gas prices really need to go up. Maybe then we could conserve more.

Conservation really has been important to me, but sometimes it is hard to practice when it comes to driving. this price thing is really driving it home as a necessary reality.

Believe it or not, the clothing industry takes a tremendous toll on the environment. This is one area where am a star conserver. I buy most of my clothes used and then wear them untill they fall apart.

9/05/2005 12:43 AM  
Snake Man said...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say SUV sales might go down a little.

And the Hummer will cease to exist as a civilian-owned vehicle.

9/05/2005 4:07 AM  
Ian - band member said...

I'm going to follow you out on that limb and guess that they will turn to hybrid cars and still every yuppy will drive one (sorry jase)

9/05/2005 10:51 AM  
Jason - Band Member said...

Progressive yuppies maybe. . . but most people who drive hummers enjoy the idea that they are taking more gas then their share. It's their target audience. Heck they even have an advertisement where this hummer monster is destroying the world!

9/05/2005 10:54 AM  
Collin - Band Member said...

Sarge, that is cool that you rode the bus for so long. I love public transport. Unfortunately they don't have a bus from West Grove to Newark :)

9/05/2005 12:11 PM  
Jayson J said...

Although I do hate these high gas prices, I do agree that we should have more efficient cars and better public transportation.

As for me, I've started taking the train into Philly. It really only takes about 30 minutes longer and I get to take a killer nap on the way in.

I think technologically we all got to a good point where we have decent cars with decent fuel efficiencies along with reasonable gas prices. However, as the saying goes, "the good thing is often the enemy of the best thing." I really hope this temporary crisis can serve as a jumping off point for people to really explore what is the best way for us to spend our resources.

I know I sound like a commie tree hugging hippie on that one, but I think as Christians it is really our duty to be good stewards of our environment and resources.

9/06/2005 4:46 PM  
shane said...

it's getting cheaper.

9/06/2005 4:55 PM  
Laura said...

To put things in perspective...

Gas per gallon:
France $4.96
Italy $5.36
Austria $4.66
United Kingdom $6.40
Netherlands $6.56
Turkey $7.50 (average annual income $4,500)
Haiti $4.00, where most people survive on less than $1 a day.

Other random things per gallon:
Evian spring water $6.40
Budweiser $8.88
Hershey's chocolate syrup $13.23
Kikkoman soy sauce $15.33
Absolut Vodka $58.26
Renu contact lense solution $82.03
Punky Colour hair dye $327.31
Human blood (processing fee) $1,514.79
Insulin (Humulin L) $9,411.76
Scorpion venom $38,858,507.46

And how many beer-bellied truck drivers do you think are sitting around with their Buds and shots complaining about gas prices right now? I'm just grateful I don't gotta have scorpion venom the way I gotta have hersheys chocolate syrup.

9/06/2005 5:40 PM  
the sarge said...

thats cool laura, its funny that Evian spring water is 6.40 when its practically tap water anyways!! that makes you appreciate things by the gallen a little more. :)

9/06/2005 6:57 PM  
Ian - band member said...

That's awesome! Good comment.

Paul and I had a little chat tonight. We're going to start a scorpion farm. We'll be rich.

9/06/2005 8:54 PM  
sha'uri said...

Laura, where in the WORLD did you get the price on scorpion venom?! I'm proud of you.

On other news, I tried to say hi to mr. palk but he must've not heard me.

9/06/2005 10:42 PM  
Poncho said...

Scorpion venom is good on toast mmmmmm it just me or is "gas" a really stupid funny word?

9/06/2005 10:46 PM  
Collin - Band Member said...

Laura, AWESOME comment. That does put it into perspective. In America right now, our gas is the most expensive it has ever been at $3.50 per gallon and our per capita income is $40,100. That means that in comparison, the average Turkish person buying gas pays what feels like over 20x what the average American pays (in terms of impact on the wallet). The equivelant for us would be paying $70.00 per gallon. Suddenly, $3.50 doesn't seem so bad.

sha'uri, maybe my dad just ignored you.

9/07/2005 9:05 AM  
Collin - Band Member said...

It is kind of depressing actually. I don't know if a mere $3.50 per gallon is really impetus for large scale change.

9/07/2005 9:07 AM  
Childish said...

Hey, did you guys hear the one about the woman who begged her husband to take her somewhere expensive for a change?

He drove her to the gas station.

9/07/2005 11:20 AM  
Childish said...

But seriously guys. gas prices aren't that bad, so stop be babies about it. What you gotta do is intentionally cross your ignition wires. So every time you need to go somewhere, call AAA for a tow !!! It may take a little longer, but it's a lot cheaper than driving your car !

9/07/2005 11:27 AM  
sha'uri said...

yowch!!!! :-P

9/07/2005 12:51 PM  
Anonymous said...

my god people, higher prices!!....are you crazy?

Dont you realize that their homes and food and all that other stuff costs like 20 or 30 times less than ours? You could take what you make in a resturant and live like a king there with servants and drivers for your limos.

Try driving my old big block truck to work, you remember those, the roots of american living? My truck could pull 5 of todays cars and trucks up a hill and not even break a sweat, and if you ever hit me, I will wipe the smudge off my bumper as soon as the wrecker cuts you out of it and peels whats left of your plastic car off my bumper. I wont even have a dent, and your pile of jap crap is totalled.

I am a working man living from week to week now due to the gas prices, but 3 years ago I was a lot better off. restoring an old hotrod, having new computers and such. Since the prices of gas has gone up, the prices of EVERYTHING has went up leaving people like me who made a little more then the avrage pay in a world of sh1t because we dont get raises like you do with your minimum wage. Idiots! Go phuk your hand some more and shut up. Cant wait till I meet ya on a head on collision so I get to use my new wax to get your paint off my bumper.

6/16/2006 6:25 PM  

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