>> Makes sense. You'd have to raise prices a *lot*, though. I wouldn't
>> drive one bit less if gas was twice as expensive, and I suspect 90%+
>> of people would do the same.
>Probably because the typical cost of having a car far exceeds the
>cost of using it. Anybody sinking over $500 a month into payments
>and insurance isn't going to quit driving because the fuel costs
>$200 a month.
Quite true. Make it $400/month for gas, and I'll drive less. I might
even purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle for some trips...but stop
driving altogether? No way. Not unless it's even more expensive.
>Those driving 15mpg trucks might request that the
>government do something to lower the cost of their poor decision.
>Like maybe drilling and consuming the remaining oil in Alaska.
Well, it's not like it's doing anyone any good when it's in the
>We'll be less dependent on foreign oil when that's gone, just
>ask some of the Republicans.
If you ask this Republican, I'll make the following forecast: As long
as foreign oil is inexpensive, we'll be dependent on it, and why
shouldn't we be? Why use up our oil when someone else is willing to
sell us theirs so cheaply?
Oh, sure, it'll eventually dry up...at some indeterminate point
decades (at least) in the future. It won't happen overnight, though.
As the price slowly goes up, the market will find alternatives.
In the meantime, it's cheaper than bottled water, so start your