I remember buying gas for seventeen cents a gallon. It was pumped for me while I listened to the dashboard radio. My windows were cleaned and oil checked while I waited, and I got a free glass for the $2 fill-up. And a car wash token.
So will $4 a gallon sting? Sure. Will it happen? Sure. MUST it happen? You figure. Whatever your end-point, it is a finite resource, and we’re burning the equivalent of decades of accumulation out of the ground every day.
And the point for the long term is NOT to insure a constant flow of cheap gas, but to become collectively motivated for a society not built around the automobile, plastics and the international transport of cherries and lettuce.
We need to be “making other arrangements“, as James Howard Kunstler puts it–not simply rearranging the furniture.
While we have supported many of the mass-action campaigns that MoveOn.org has initiated in the past few years, Ann and I were both disappointed with yesterday’s alert about gas prices:
As of yesterday, gas prices are the highest in U.S. history–-we just passed the 1981 record, even adjusted for inflation. Prices could reach $4.00 per gallon in parts of the country, just in time to crimp summer vacation plans. As consumers suffer, the oil industry continues to reap the windfall–breaking profit records on an almost quarterly basis. It’s outrageous!
I sent the following comment (took some doing to find how, you can go directly HERE.) And if you concur, please feel free to use my email as a template, modifying it as you see fit. Don’t you think there is a kind of poetic symmetry to deluge MoveOn with email petitions encouraging change? Hmmmm?
I was disappointed to find MoveOn with such short-sighted issues as avoiding a “crimp in summer vacation plans” due to increasing gas prices.
While I’m sure Big Oil is not about to miss an opportunity to stick it to consumers, it is because gas has been so inconsequentially cheap in this country that we treat it as a renewable resource and tolerate such abysmal fuel efficiencies and waste.
When MoveOn begins to measure the value of its causes by dollars alone, my wife and I lose our confidence that your organization truly represents us, or the hundreds of thousands ready to rethink society towards a sustainable future.
Please let supporters know you have a bigger-picture, deeper-economic understanding of the future of fossil fuels in this country.
A gallon of gasoline weighs about six pounds. When you burn it, you release about FIVE POUNDS of carbon into the atmosphere.p 19 Deep Economy | Bill McKibben