Why I Like High Gas Prices

Wow, an update two days in a row! I don’t have anything to say about the game except that despite the outcome, it was very fun. =)

Today, I want to talk about why I like these high gas prices. No, I don’t like paying $35+ each time I fill up, which is nearly once a week. I like them because they are the only way to convince us to conserve gas. It’s easy to buy the huge, gas-guzzling SUVs and drive our own cars wherever we want when gas is $1/gallon. Now that it’s $3/gallon, people are buying more fuel-efficient cars, thinking more about alternative fuels, carpooling more, and using mass transit more. Jenny and I are even starting to talk about moving closer to work within a few years. The US consumes nearly a quarter of the world’s oil production but has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. Think about that. To make matters worse, significant portions of the world’s oil supply are controlled by Middle Eastern countries whose opinions of us range from uneasy tolerance to hatred. President Bush was correct recently when he said, “America is addicted to oil.” Paying so much for it will slowly help us break our addiction.

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