Rising gas prices are the talk of the town these past couple of weeks. This is just what we need to put the United State back on track to lead the world into the 21st Century. Gas price hikes are critically needed to change the course of the United States, and set us in a more positive direction. A direction of less pollution, less carbon emissions, less dependency on foreign energy sources, and better health.
People are inherently averse to change, unless there are experiencing significant pain. In the short term, people will be frustrated, annoyed and outright pissed off. They will complain, and yes, the rise in gas prices will slow down discretionary spending, and potentially slow down the recovery from the recession we are currently experiencing.
Over time, we will resign ourselves to the fact that rising gasoline prices are beyond our control, and only then will we adjust our thinking.
Gasoline price hikes will force us all to:
- change our driving habits
- drive less
- buy more efficient vehicles,
- walk or ride a bicycle more frequently
- use more public transportation
- even re-think personal transportation completely
As horrible as these consequences may seem, most of the rest of the world has adopted them decades ago – bicycles and scooters are commonplace overseas, and people walk more and tend to be more physically fit. Obesity is nothing short of an epidemic in the United States. Pollution, in our area particularly, is also an epidemic. We have created a society where respiratory ailments are commonplace and at record levels.
Rising gas prices will eventually force a tipping point for our country to finally break our addiction to foreign oil. This addiction keeps us at the mercy of foreign governments, many of whom are hostile towards our country.
We literally fight wars, spend a fortune to protect our interests, and make sure that oil is steadily available to us from these areas. The purchases of oil we have made from the Middle East is the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the planet. This money is one of the primary funding sources of terrorism targeting the United States. Additional tangible benefits are reducing pollution and reducing carbon emissions in a meaningful way.
Even if you do not believe in Global Warming or Global Climate Change, the other reasons stated above are pretty compelling! Let’s skip the complaining and whining step, and begin to build a better future together!