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Old 08-14-2012, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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My husband commutes 64 miles to work round trip. At $3 per gallon, it is costing us about $200 per month in gas. At $4 per gallon it is costing us $264. That's an over $700 per year difference just to get to work and back. That does not factor in getting the kids to school, activities, vacations, visits to family, etc. I estimate that each time gas goes up $1, we spend about $1250 more per year in direct gasoline prices alone. That does not factor in the increase in our food prices or any other costs such as having a repairman to our house (who has to pay gas to get here) or cost of supplies.

Having said that, I'm all for living close to amenities, so we live in a walkable community. But, that doesn't change our work location or the distance we live from our families, which is far.

I do think, however, that a rise in gas prices helps our environment by causing us to find new ways to fuel our cars, to drive less, and to use public transportation more.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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How much higher prices for fuel affect a person depends on how far they are from the places they MUST go; work, supermarket, etc., a person that drives a few miles a week is basically unaffected, a person that drives 100 miles a day or more just to and from work is seriously effected.
If fuel prices were to get crazy high, I live close enough to work to take a bicycle or walk.

Those that can't grasp why higher fuel prices affect the prices of everything should think about this question(from Walter Williams):

How many persons does it take to get a bunch of bananas from the tree, to the store shelf?

Think carefully.

Probably in about 100 years people will wonder why we used such an inefficient fuel to power our basic transportation.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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My husband commutes 64 miles to work round trip. At $3 per gallon, it is costing us about $200 per month in gas. At $4 per gallon it is costing us $264. That's an over $700 per year difference just to get to work and back. That does not factor in getting the kids to school, activities, vacations, visits to family, etc. I estimate that each time gas goes up $1, we spend about $1250 more per year in direct gasoline prices alone. That does not factor in the increase in our food prices or any other costs such as having a repairman to our house (who has to pay gas to get here) or cost of supplies.

Having said that, I'm all for living close to amenities, so we live in a walkable community. But, that doesn't change our work location or the distance we live from our families, which is far.

I do think, however, that a rise in gas prices helps our environment by causing us to find new ways to fuel our cars, to drive less, and to use public transportation more.
My hometown of Orlando is very spread out. Even though I live in Orlando, I'm 19 miles from downtown, and I am actually closer to downtown Kissimmee (only 7 miles) than the downtown of my own city You can drive 30+ miles here and STILL be in Orlando. I know some people who make that 38 mile round trip from my neighborhood to downtown everyday, and the rush hour traffic makes that commute almost an hour long

I currently drive 18 miles a day round trip to and from work, but due to traffic, it can still take up to 30 minutes so I'm one of the lucky ones I guess.

Still I wish Orlando was more walkable, a handful of areas are. Most aren't
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