Originally Posted by Rockcat
Poor people eat too. Transportation of food cost money. The higher the fuel prices, the higher food prices go up. This principle applies to pretty much all goods. Buying locally is, of course, preferable, but not usually feasible.
Not all of us can achieve that perfect world. Jobs are scarce. If you are laid off and forced to find a new job, should you sell your home and move? Are couples both supposed to work at the same place? Public transportation is not available in many areas.
Strange, the quote function is excising quotes embedded in quotes. Oh well, easy enough to look upward to see what Rockcat was responding to.
As fuel prices raise the costs transportation of food, the cheaper food will be the more local food, and it will start to outcompete long-traveled food. Also, food as a percentage of total costs of living has gone way down in the US over the past 75 years, and I would personally approve if we paid more in real income for food. So, fuel prices going up would increase the amount of local food available and the amount of food eaten that is local.
I think that people should live in fairly dense areas, and be willing to walk or bike about 5 miles to work. People should be able to find employment in those conditions. However, my spouse and I may never live even in the same state (we don't know, we sure hope to later) because we are both looking to be academics and we might not be able to find jobs in the same place. It's a real problem, but personally I'd rather live apart from my spouse than commute an hour each way in a car to work. Literally. I know I'm weird.
Higher fuel costs will improve public transportation.
I know other people will make different decisions that I do, but higher fuel prices will make more people make the decisions I want them to make, so I'm for higher fuel prices.