Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Don't Buy Gas Day

So, apparently today is "Don't Buy Gas Day", what has become an annual attempt to lower gas prices by, well, not buying gas for one day.

Unfortunately the reality is that the days of cheap gas are over forever. We've hit peak oil, the moment when we have mined more oil than there is left in the world. Despite the record prices the oil companies have failed to increase production for another year because, despite skyrocketing consumption, the oil just isn't there or is getting too hard to get to at this point. The only thing that will keep the costs down is to decrease our consumption and increasing reliance on renewable energies. Unfortunately these don't lend themselves to slogans and require a little more effort than just waiting until tomorrow to fill up your Hummer.

As much as I hate to say it (and I bitch about it to myself every time I fill up my car) but higher gas prices might be in the longterm interest of our country. Most people or companies won't change until it is in their financial interest to change and, for the most part, that's just as true for me as it is for anyone else. Merely postponing that addiction for another day won't do anything but make you feel good.

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