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View Poll Results: Your thoughts on gas prices?
The Lower the Better 143 65.60%
Its fine where it is today 15 6.88%
The Higher the Better 50 22.94%
not sure/other 10 4.59%
Voters: 218. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-27-2007, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Would the US be better off (define that as you will) with higher or lower gas prices?
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Huh?????

Why would we want higher gas prices? I'm not sure I understand this thread.
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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if we have lower fuel prices, people will no longer be interested in alternatives.

this country has a VERY short attention span!

we will continue to sprawl

wont help the air much, etc...
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:21 PM
 
Location: East Windsor CT
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who the heck is saying higher gas prices that makes no sense companies are looking inot alternative fuels regardless of the prices
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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who the heck is saying higher gas prices that makes no sense companies are looking inot alternative fuels regardless of the prices
not true

if gas fell to 25 cents a gallon, research would dry up overnight.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I'm all for higher gas prices. I've had my car for 10 years this spring and only have 60k miles on it (at 30+ mpg). I currently fill my tank every 4-6 weeks, in the summer when I can ride my bike to work, its more like every 6-8 weeks. There needs to be more incentive for people to find alternate forms of transportation, and for the car manufacturers to find affordable, green sources of power. On average, Americans spend a tiny portion of our available income on fuel compared to other countries around the world.

Personal opinion, there should be much higher gas taxes, and the difference should be used in some fashion to reward those individuals or companies who take steps toward a greener form of transportation.

An interesting article: The Oil Drum | The Cost of Gasoline around the World


I read a quote once that has stuck with me, along the lines of: "The difference between an American and an Englishman is that an Englishman thinks 100 miles is a long way and an American thinks 100 years is a long time." Yes, in the US we do a lot of driving because things are farther apart. This is no excuse to be wasteful, rather it is THE reason why we should be the world's leaders in the advancement of fuel alternatives.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I agree with crystalblue. THe only reason companies are researching now is that gas prices are at record highs. No one cared about ethanol before gas prices started rising a couple years ago. Now you can buy cars that run off E85. Other alternative energy sources are also seeing increased funding.

Personally I'd like to see gas prices go higher so that I have less people do deal with on my commute
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Huh?????

Why would we want higher gas prices? I'm not sure I understand this thread.
Simple, It would discourage use of Fossil Fuels. Not only so but maybe JUST maybe they could use the extra money investing into another type of energy. whether you agree with global warming (and that it out fault or that its natural or whatever) the fact is Gas will run out and we have to find alternative sources. This will be easier to do with more money, but...idk the US government can't seem to pull its thumb out of its mouth sometimes.

Lower gas prices will get you by Tomorrow, and the next day, and maybe until Next week...but after a couple of weeks, there are months, and then years, and then what? we have higher prices and have accomplished nothing. We might as well take the time to suffer now that way we don't have to suffer MORE latter.
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:11 PM
 
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I like them lower. Alternative fuel sources are going to be developed no matter what the price of oil is because eventually it will run out, and by expediting the process we can get it done more quickly.
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:13 PM
 
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if gas fell to 25 cents a gallon, research would dry up overnight.
No it wouldn't. With more gas consumption, oil reserves are eventually going to be exhausted more rapidly and we'll have no choice but to look for alternative fuel sources.
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