When I DO need to leave the metro-area and have to drive, I fill up about once every 600-800 miles. I occassionally drive a gas-electric Civic. SUVs are pretty much my biggest pet-peeve, being as how I live in Chicago, IL, which is a jungle of pavement as it were, in a COMPLETELY FLAT STATE.
Personally, if I were the ruler of the world, the price for a gallon of gas would be like 20 bucks. It's our dependence on cars that hurts us.
And with the money we save on gas, car insurace, cars, car maintence, we could all give a few more bucks to the Dept. of Transportation and demand all0over public transport like Europe has!
We depend far too much on cars in this country.
Add all this up: one can't deny that we as a culture depend on cars to get us from point A to point B. We're not getting all of this oil from Texas. So, doing the math here, our forgeing policy concerns getting the oil we depend on. Unfortunately, all of the oil rich countries are completely hostile towards us (the most oil rich country in the world being Iraq, at least as far as light sweet crude goes, the kind we use in our Hummers, Navigators and Denali XXLs). So that makes things a little sticky. Then look at the environmental concerns. Did you know that BILLIONS of gallons of oil are spilled each year and kill off scores of wildlife? Not to mention the things vehicle emissions do to the atmoshpere. Finally, every second, 2 people are killed by cars.
So, I'll take a bicycle a train or my sweet pair of legs any day.
As we say here in the rat patrol, you don't get legs like these pumping a gas pedal
I understand where you are coming from, being in NYC most of my life, I didn't understand why people didn't take trains, or bikes, but here in Louisiana, the public transportation system sucks. I live outside New Orleans, and the bus( if it comes) takes anywhere from 1hr to 1 1/2 hrs to arrive at a bus stop. There are no trains. For those who live in little towns there are no buses. I do think that people are wasting money on big cars like Hummers, rather than buying fuel efficient cars. I have a bumper sticker that says :" SUV's Do more: More pollution, more fuel More deaths. You should see the looks I get.
.I do walk to the local stores that are a few blocks away from me and when my kids where in the local school near me ( 3) blocks I would walk, while my neighbors took there cars. I do think on a whole many citizens here waste gas and that is why it is so high. We are able to afford the gas, that is why it keeps on going high. If we all would get together for 2 days or 3 and not buy any gas , then we would see a response out of these people making all the money off gas, but since all we do is take this hardship nothing is happening. The day we all work together is the day it will stop. Cheryl