Forgive me for preaching a little but…
It’s too easy for us to forget that what we drive as well as how we drive has a lot to do with wars being fought and Americans dying, but it really does.
You don’t see us landing troops in countries where there’s virtually zero oil, do you? And while a down economy, increased domestic oil production and more fuel efficient cars in general have contributed to today’s somewhat lower prices, it’s incumbent upon us all to try and drive the most fuel efficient vehicles we can.
If you no longer truly need a gas guzzling SUV or pickup other than to make a fashion statement, why not just say no?
Even if your daily drive isn’t that long.
Everybody needs to contribute and if that were to happen, this country could decrease its oil dependency and help keep gas prices lower in the most effective, sensible way possible.
Really, it makes sense.
“With the run-up in oil prices starting about 2003, oil is by far the most expensive of the traditional energy sources we have available today,” writes Gail Tverberg, an actuary who specializes in finite resources. “Countries that use a large percentage of oil in their energy mix can be expected to have a hard time competing, because of oil’s higher cost.
“High-cost renewables can also have an adverse impact, regardless of whether the cost is borne by businesses, consumers or the government.”
Here’s the problem; the U.S. has 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves yet consumes 25 percent of the oil.
That can’t go on forever folks, so the sooner we do something about it the better.
Unfortunately, many people in this country only react to dramatic things like rapidly skyrocketing gas prices. Then and only then do they dump their gas guzzlers en masse and line up for cars that get better mileage.
Example: Across the board sales of Toyota Prius cars (I’ve got one) have declined 21 percent from a year ago. Why? Because we haven’t had any gasoline price spikes in months. Should gas prices blow by $4 a gallon and head towards $5 as they ultimately will, you won’t be able to find a Prius on dealer lots.
Meanwhile as Prius and hybrid sales languish, buyers are lining up to buy the Ford F-150 pickups being made here in Claycomo.
“Look at us now, baby,” a union official is quoted in response to surging F-150 demand and the spike in sales for the fuel inefficient trucks.
Come on, guys. We’re smarter and can do better than this.
I feel guilty getting only 31 MPGs in my tiny Fiat.
How about next time you’re in the market for a car – regardless of where gas prices are at that exact moment – you make it a point to get at least 30 miles-per-gallon in your next vehicle?
Trust me, it can be done. Just saying…