ATTN: marching orders for you...why you should LOVE $5 gas...

Why you should love $5 gas

Stop grousing about the numbers on the pump. All of this could be good for you and good for America.
By doubleace on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 7:58 AM

As you pump 13 gallons into your Honda CR-V -- American's best-selling SUV and a thrifty 28 on the highway and 21 in town -- it's near impossible to view the $50 you're spending with a positive attitude.

With the national average at $3.84, it's easy to label oil executives as pond scum, but try to remain open-minded. Think of the big picture: While that promised road trip to Disney World just went up in carbon monoxide, $5 gasoline may actually have an upside if it arrives this summer as some experts predict. maybe, but perhaps for the United States as a whole.

Some possible benefits (and we're serious about most of them):

Fewer people will die on the road. The less you drive, the more likely you will survive, if the events of 2008, the year of the most recent gas price surge, are correct. In 2007, 30,527 died in automobile (including truck) accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, that number dropped 12%, to 26,791.

This mainly was attributed to a decrease in highway speed. Also contributing was a 2% drop in miles driven, from 3.03 trillion to 2.97 trillion, despite a 1.7% increase in the number of registered vehicles. On the negative side, with many turning to more economical modes of transportation, motorcycle deaths rose 2.6% in 2008 and bicycle deaths 1%.

Demand for high-mileage cars may grow. The key word here is "may." Hybrid sales rose quickly in 2007 as gas prices climbed, then dropped noticeably in the second half of 2008 as gas prices plummeted from over $4 to $1.60. This time around, despite gas prices climbing steadily over the past year, hybrid cars shrunk from 2.9% of new vehicle sales in 2009 to 2.4% in 2010, according to Ward's Auto. Meanwhile, sales of trucks, SUVs, crossovers and minivans rose from 48% of the market to 51% from 2009 to 2010. In addition, the average fuel economy rating of new vehicles sold in 2010 was 22.2 mpg, down from 22.3 mpg in 2009.

Which proves, of course, that Americans love their big vehicles. It could turn out to be different this time around. For one thing, there will be far more gas-efficient options available, plus all-electrics like the Chevrolet Volt and the soon-to-be-launched Ford Focus Electric. And for another, if those $5 doomsayers are right, the biggest hit on the credit card is yet to come.

Shorter security lines. Airlines fares are extremely fuel-price reactive. Soon, hardly anyone will be able to afford to fly willy-nilly around the country or globe. You will breeze through the maze of airport checkpoints.

Less pollution. Less driving means cleaner air. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "pollution from vehicles causes two of our worst air pollution problems, smog and carbon monoxide." There are no solid figures on how many Americans die annually from car-produced pollution, but a 2008 study by Great Britain's University of Birmingham linked pneumonia deaths to pollution from motor vehicles.

Less congestion. Ever notice how well rush-hour freeway traffic flows on the minor holidays when most of the rest of us are working? A 2% drop in miles driven can make a big difference, allowing you to drive faster, although you now won't want to. According to the Department of Energy, on average every 5 mph you drive over 60 is like paying an extra 24 cents per gallon (based on a $3.79 price).

High prices lead to lower prices. Mackubin Thomas Owens, a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College and editor of Orbis, the journal of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, theorizes that if gas prices rise enough, the government will open up areas now closed to oil production, and oil companies will be able to invest in more-expensive methods of extracting oil. Soon we will be drowning in the stuff, and prices will drop again.

More exercise. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that by 2020, three out of four Americans will be categorized as overweight or obese. So, it can't hurt to walk the three blocks to the grocery or bike to school or work.

"When gas hits $4 a gallon, a lot of people come in looking for options," said Tim Blumenthal, the president of Bikes Belong Coalition. "Bike commuting jumped 44% between 2000 and 2010, with a big part of that in 2008. Still, more than half of all bike trips are three miles or less, so we're seeing racks and baskets (sold) for those who have multiple stops to make on the way home."

End of wars. According to National Defense Magazine, the cost of "in theater" gasoline to our troops in Afghanistan can range from $100 to $600. The Army estimated fuel can cost up to $400 a gallon if the only way to ship it is via helicopters. (Black Hawk helicopters get 0.74 mpg, while F15-E strike fighters get 0.41 mpg.) And that was last year's prices. Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya might get too expensive for America's taste.

Local businesses may profit. If you can't afford to drive out to the Wal-Mart or The Home Depot, you may be buying instead at the local supermarket or neighborhood hardware store. In addition, as the cost of transporting, say, grapes from Chile, goes out of sight, you may turn to regional farmers for your produce.

It's all about democracy. If we let up on the gas pedal, we'll starve those oil-rich despots out of existence. Oh, we import as much from Canada as from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined.



There you have it PROUD when gas hit 5 bucks a helped do your part to get it there...wait to your hear how good it is when gas hit $7 a gallon....


A few of the laughble assertions...

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OK have your orders from out and buy a HONDA.


“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Sadly, the only thing that causes Americans to stop consuming all that gasoline is a "high" price for said gasoline. They won't transform their transportation needs into efficient modes just on their own.

Sadly, the only thing that causes Americans to stop consuming all that gasoline is a "high" price for said gasoline. They won't transform their transportation needs into efficient modes just on their own.

Why do you care about my driving habits? Why is it your responsibility to make me "transform my transportation needs"? Who died and gave you the right to force me to buy an "efficient mode" of transportation? Why do you care if I "consume all that gasoline"?

Need I say more? What's next for you Liberals. You've already taken away my right to smoke on private property. You are now forcing me to buy Obama approved health insurance. You are in the process of taking away foods that do not meet your standards. You soon will decide how much I am forced to excercize in order for Barry Obamacare to pay for any doctor visits.

Where will it stop? And if you people can take away my rights like this, why do you all piss and moan when SB5 passes and allows voters to take away YOUR rights?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

You're only proving my point. You won't change until you're forced to. That's exactly what I said, and it's exactly what's coming. Supply and demand says it's coming; since Americans won't stop guzzling gasoline on their own, then the price of gasoline must continue to climb to a permanently high level to put a stop to it. After all, we've reached Peak Cheap Oil in the world. All the cheaply-reached oil is gone. What's left is Expensive Oil. The price of obtaining that must be larger, by definition. And here's another factoid: Using a very expensive military to obtain that oil, doesn't make it any cheaper.

None of that is opinion. It's pure recognition of socio-economic facts. That's all I'm doing here: Recognizing the truth.

BTW, I'm not a Liberal. I actually use my brain. Bother to think or remember before you speak.

Why do you feel so strongly that I need to change my habits?

Why is it time to 'force me to change'? If you truly were a conservative, you would value personal liberty instead of trying to force your opinions on me.

Why don't you support drilling for American oil on American property using American workers?

The socio-economic facts are, Barry Sotero still has not lifted the moratorium on off-shore drilling in the Gulf. Other countries are drilling in the Gulf and it ends up that Americans are buying what could be American oil from other countries.

Why can’t we drill ANWR? That would bring the price of oil down and put Americans to work getting American oil to American markets.

How can you call yourself a Conservative when you don't support the free market? When the government supports locking out American oil by these artificial moratoriums, that controls the free market. Might as well admit you are a socialist.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

I feel so strongly about your habits since it's a physical fact that the cheap oil is all gone. This is not ideology. This is physics.

You can resist all you prefer to do. But the reality is that your resistance on average will be beaten down by market prices.

And I'm extremely unable to indulge in the personal liberty of EFFICIENT personal travel since the corporations that make such vehicles absolutely refuse to service those needs, and prefer to service your gas-guzzling needs instead.

There really isn't a solution here, except catastrophic ones. You're just not immune.

I've love to drill domestically. But even Emperor Bush was against that. Even the Re-POOP-lickin' Congress was against that. The Dim-Rats aren't even worth considering on that matter. So we're back to the inevitability of catastrophic outcomes instead of managed solutions. Our culture is moronic and self-destructive.

It's not our culture that's moronic and self-destructive in as much as our idiotic politicians, yes in BOTH parties. These nitwits have been locking down domestic oil production for decades, and then make the claim that they are trying to end our dependance on foreign oil. Hell, anytime a new reserve is discovered our soviet overlords swoop in, buy it up, and lock it down, calling it a nature preserve, or national park or what have ya. It's really downright treasonous, not to mention unconstitutional, but I suppose it doesn't really matter anymore, the constitution died a long time ago.

The fruits of MY labor are not a social commodity.

Well, not entirely. It's moronic and self destructive to get into a 3000LB vehicle just to drive your 180LB self 20 miles to get 30LB of groceries.

I have nothing against domestic drilling. But as always with problems in our nation, the matter hinges not on income, but on expenses. Our problem here is that we consume too much oil. The USA has 4-5% of the world's population, but it consumes 20% of the world's energy. When "Chindia" tries to consume similarly, the prices of energy in the world will boom and crash in massive spurts. While you keep driving that SUV during the boom period, your wealth will be drained heavily. Each price fall will reach a new, higher plateau. Soon enough energy costs will drive out your discretionary spending... meaning you will pay for food, insurance, energy and housing, and have little else to spare.

Hence, moronic and self destructive.


GZ I like you but I disagree. There are still many reasons we will need to consume gasoline. Granted it won't be in the same ammounts but it will still be a large portion.

The proponents of alternative energy are cheering but it will be their demise. The high transportation costs are raising the cost of living for everything else. This is an unintended consequence. It is making it harder and harder to survive.

Electric cars need electricity. We aren't producing more electricity? Supply goes down, demand goes up, prices skyrocket. Gov't is supposed to now pay electricity bills for the middle class and low income.

Yet this is all being done at the behest of saving the environment. However AGW proponents fail to mention that the biggest crisis facing man today isn't warming temperatures. It is the lack of freshwater. It's getting worse. Do you know what the water table in Nebraska and Oklahoma (where the bulk of our food comes from) is at now compared to 30 years ago? They neglect that and proximity to freshwater is the biggest factor towards the benefit of a society.


"The United States exported US$11.2 billion worth of corn in 2007, up 36.2% from 2006 on strong demand from 60 countries around the globe

Read more at Suite101: Most Valuable US Food Export Is Corn: Japan & Mexico Leading Countries for American Corn Imports"

60 countries depend on American exports of food.
It takes gasoline (oil) to run tractors in the fields.
It takes gasoline (oil) to transport that food from farms to ports.
It takes gasoline (oil) for that ship to transport the food overseas to starving countries.
It takes gasoline (oil) to transport that food to the hungry people once those ships arrive in the starving countries.

Wonder why America uses so much oil? It takes alot of energy to feed the starving people of the world.

And if you raise the price of transporting all that food to those starving countries, do you really think that will help feed those people?

Higher gas prices = more starving people in the world.

Thank a Liberal for people dying of starvation.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

We do not 'need' to consume all that gasoline. We do not need to have huge cars. We do not need to take frequent trips in those huge cars. We do not need to consume all that trucked stuff in the stores.

As with our federal and state budgets, the problem isn't a lack of income. The problem is spending. We expend far too much, and the world cannot sustain it.

This is reality speaking. And reality will win. Our cars must become smaller and more fuel efficient. Those who resist this change must become impoverished in one form or another. That's all the "choice" that LCBM is actually talking about. His ideal world is one where he chooses to either gas the car up, or insure it. Or he won't pay his mortgage. Or any of his other debts. And the true costs of all this false adaptation will be felt across society... after all, the average conservative today (much to my dismay) loves to socialize costs in order to privatize profits. He imagines that he doesn't have to bear those socialized costs.

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