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OIL!

I heard about this about a week ago, but kind of forgot about it. Bill Quick noticed too, and the comments here are worth a gander.

Now I’m really pissed about gas prices. There is now more supply and one should logically conclude a price-drop. I somehow doubt it will happen, though.

I battled the argument about raising gas prices to combat emissions the other day. If you make it expensive to drive, less people will do it, right?

Wrong. Ask long-time smokers if they quit when the price hit $4/pack. Most did not. People don’t quit smoking because of the cost. People will not stop driving, either. For some people, it’s not a matter of whether they want to drive, they have to. Personally, it’s just not feasible to carpool or use public transit (it barely exists here to begin with, and does not extend to my current domicile). Thus, I must drive solo daily.

One way to combat emissions is tax-breaks for owning a hybrid, for example. Give tax-breaks and other incentives to auto manufacturers to produce high-mpg vehicles (read: give auto manufacturers a reason to get off big oil’s tit). And somehow convince auto manufacturers to make their high-mpg cars with the same body style as a normal car, rather than some futuristic piece of shit. Aesthetics mean a lot to people.

Could it be a devious move to force people to move back into the cities and kill suburbia? There has been a surge in gentrification, and by making it cheaper to live in the city, you would be encouraging it. Granted, this would also encourage an increase in public transit systems in cities where they don’t already exist, or are very small-scale.

I think I’d like to see that, actually.

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