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Old 06-17-2008, 08:06 PM
 
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OMG - if gas prices go up too much your cousin will never be able to transport himself to the snow white utopia free from black people and those pesky cat eyed asians?!

City free from non-white people
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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OMG - if gas prices go up too much your cousin will never be able to transport himself to the snow white utopia free from black people and those pesky cat eyed asians?!

City free from non-white people
and NJ wont be able to move to Canada because they use the Metric System
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I agree. Up the gas tax. Maybe then Americans will choose more fuel efficient vehicles and auto companies will invest in developing other sources of energy, which will HAVE to happen sooner or later, and might as well be sooner to get it over with.
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I agree. Up the gas tax. Maybe then Americans will choose more fuel efficient vehicles and auto companies will invest in developing other sources of energy, which will HAVE to happen sooner or later, and might as well be sooner to get it over with.
We are already choosing more fuel efficient vehicles and the auto companies are working on getting cars that run on water. And like I said before, higher gas prices affect everything, even your school supplies when you go back to elementary school this fall.
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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We are already choosing more fuel efficient vehicles and the auto companies are working on getting cars that run on water. And like I said before, higher gas prices affect everything, even your school supplies when you go back to elementary school this fall.
Wish I could rep ya again, Go Ne!
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Wish I could rep ya again, Go Ne!
Same here, you pushed me above 100, yay!
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Ok, I'm going to give the, "raise the price" people some credit because I think I understand what at least some of them are getting at.

As Americans, we hate change. We love to consume. Overall, we're not really into reusing, recycling, or conserving - although in recent times SOME of us are getting a bit better at the idea of it all. We've been putzing along for decades with very cheap prices of gas, with very large guzzling cars, and allowed the Middle East to control our traveling consumption mentality along the way.

Let's be honest - Americans do not change unless they are forced to change. C'mon... people even refuse to use the dollar coins every time they try to come out with them. Why? Because they keep printing the paper bills and don't force people to switch to the coins. Hell, if we can't get the hang of using a dollar coin, I mean, geez.

Ok, so now gas prices go nuts. Suddenly - we see change. People are going out and trading in the huge SUVs for more fuel efficient models of cars. People are asking for Hybrids, and asking for Hydrogen and other fuel-source vehicles to be built NOW. People are staying at home more and not hitting the malls 3 times a week to buy made-in-China junk they don't really need. They're telling their kids they need to cut down the 8 exracurricular activities they're used to being taxied around for, and only pick one or two now (gasp - the concept!). Recent reports say that more people rode public transit so far this year than have done it since 1957! Even our "Bubba" Governor here in Georgia who has publicly stated in the past that he could care less about transit, has just recently started setting money aside to start a commuter rail system in the Atlanta area (yes, hell hath frozen over). Heck, people are even starting to ask about solar panels for their homes and wind energy as they get mad and now WANT to ween our country from the ball-grip the Middle East has had us in.

This is NOT bad. The longer the gas prices stay high, the more people will break their bad consumer habits, and start to think in a new, and yes better, way. The higher the gas prices get, the quicker they think differently and change those habits. Then, AFTER they've adopted their new way of life, if the prices drop, they KEEP those good habits and basically say, "screw off" to the Middle East for good.

Ok Ok, yes, there is a domino effect and it's not good. Jobs are being lost, tourism gets hurt (except maybe more localized tourism spots as people stay closer to home). Restaurants and stores hurt because people use their old "blow-it money" on gas now... I agree. There are definately a lot of pains involved and there will be casualties. My personal opinion is that I hope prices stay up for a while longer. Not forever. Not for years. Just long enough to get most of us off our lazy mental asses and start permanently changing our consumer/consumption/wasteful habits, and for us to have alternate fuel vehicles available in mass production for the public. I understand both sides - both have valid points.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ok, I'm going to give the, "raise the price" people some credit because I think I understand what at least some of them are getting at.

As Americans, we hate change. We love to consume. Overall, we're not really into reusing, recycling, or conserving - although in recent times SOME of us are getting a bit better at the idea of it all. We've been putzing along for decades with very cheap prices of gas, with very large guzzling cars, and allowed the Middle East to control our traveling consumption mentality along the way.

Let's be honest - Americans do not change unless they are forced to change. C'mon... people even refuse to use the dollar coins every time they try to come out with them. Why? Because they keep printing the paper bills and don't force people to switch to the coins. Hell, if we can't get the hang of using a dollar coin, I mean, geez.

Ok, so now gas prices go nuts. Suddenly - we see change. People are going out and trading in the huge SUVs for more fuel efficient models of cars. People are asking for Hybrids, and asking for Hydrogen and other fuel-source vehicles to be built NOW. People are staying at home more and not hitting the malls 3 times a week to buy made-in-China junk they don't really need. They're telling their kids they need to cut down the 8 exracurricular activities they're used to being taxied around for, and only pick one or two now (gasp - the concept!). Recent reports say that more people rode public transit so far this year than have done it since 1957! Even our "Bubba" Governor here in Georgia who has publicly stated in the past that he could care less about transit, has just recently started setting money aside to start a commuter rail system in the Atlanta area (yes, hell hath frozen over). Heck, people are even starting to ask about solar panels for their homes and wind energy as they get mad and now WANT to ween our country from the ball-grip the Middle East has had us in.

This is NOT bad. The longer the gas prices stay high, the more people will break their bad consumer habits, and start to think in a new, and yes better, way. The higher the gas prices get, the quicker they think differently and change those habits. Then, AFTER they've adopted their new way of life, if the prices drop, they KEEP those good habits and basically say, "screw off" to the Middle East for good.

Ok Ok, yes, there is a domino effect and it's not good. Jobs are being lost, tourism gets hurt (except maybe more localized tourism spots as people stay closer to home). Restaurants and stores hurt because people use their old "blow-it money" on gas now... I agree. There are definately a lot of pains involved and there will be casualties. My personal opinion is that I hope prices stay up for a while longer. Not forever. Not for years. Just long enough to get most of us off our lazy mental asses and start permanently changing our consumer/consumption/wasteful habits, and for us to have alternate fuel vehicles available in mass production for the public. I understand both sides - both have valid points.
There we go, finally someone puts it perfectly logically.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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INCREASE THE GAS PRICE MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
How about we just increase your taxes?
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:48 PM
 
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Thankfully, not all the people in Sweden are is ignorant as this kid. Some of us would rather not have the USA turn into just another European nation. In fact, that is precisely why the USA was created. It was NOT supposed to be another version of a European nation.
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