Re: My proposal to force gas conservation? Raise the cost to $10/gallon
- From: gordonb.wycod@xxxxxxxxxxx (Gordon Burditt)
- Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 19:49:15 -0000
>Now before you all start to roll your eyes, please read this first.
>Granted, I haven't fleshed out all the details, but I'm assuming that
>this topic will allow others to chime in with ideas of their own.
>This would be a government-imposed sanction across the board, with the
>exception of the public transit industry. It would force most people
>to use their vehicles strictly for their commute only, eliminating
That, to me, means no shopping trips by car. *NO* trips. Which
for some people makes things like eating problematic.
That's going to kill a lot of small businesses, which means their
employees won't be driving to work any more, which means more small
businesses will die, which means their employees won't be driving
to work any more ...
In practice, I've found it quite economical to drive an extra
quarter-mile on the way to or from work to stop at someplace 10
miles away to shop.
>Also, gas-guzzling vehicles would become a thing
>of the past. More people would seek out public transit options in
>lieu of expensive gas. The 'extra' profit I admit to not being a
>Rockefeller. It would hurt me, but it wouldn't stop me from using my
>car to go to work. And I already only use my car for that purpose. I
>don't use it to go to the grocery store or the bank for one little
You said it would eliminate errand-type trips. That means you *WALK*
or *BIKE* to the grocery store. No car trips allowed, even if it's
your once a year reload on food supplies.
>If I do use my car for non-commuting use, I combine my errands
>to get as much done as possible in one trip.
You said it would eliminate errand-type trips.
Combining trips is practical, and combining commuting with shopping
is one way to handle it.
>from the sales of
>gasoline should be used towards researching alternative-fuel options
>as well as more fuel-efficient vehicles (on the order of about 50
>miles/gallon city), and subside (pay most of the cost) public transit
>riders. If anyone has any better ideas of how to free us from our
>reliance on gas (most of which comes from other countries), I would be
>happy to read it.
It's easy: price controls on gasoline: you're not allowed to charge
more than $0.50 per gallon of gas. You don't have to worry about
dependence on gas since there won't be any.
The other approach would be to just let the price of gas get higher.
People will figure out on their own how to conserve. Further, if
it appears the price will be higher and *STAY* higher, research on
alternative fuels will be funded by the greedy private sector that
sees an opportunity to make money.
Gordon L. Burditt
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