What does the Rising cost of Gasoline mean to you?

@blazin (175)
United States
May 22, 2007 4:50pm CST
With the average price of gasoline in the U.S. at 3.20 cents a gallon I'm curious about where people think we are headed. Its been said in the media that gas could continue to rise. Will people eventually stop using their automobiles? It seems to me alternative fuels are getting a rather slow start and are still too expensive for them to be a viable choice for most consumers. Will energy/thirsty nations like the U.S. become more enveloped by economy cars? More scooter,bicycle and motorcycle users? With an ever increasing standard of living in China and more people able to afford vehicles will gas prices ever decline? I've actually strongly considered looking into making my own bio-diesel,and have already purchased a much more economical car. What are some things you done or are considering? Hopefully this can be a true brainstorming discussion about the rising costs of fuel.
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10 responses
• Portugal
22 May 07
The best thing to do is start thinking of changing traditional cars with economical and ecological car that consume less and use alternative source of energy. But it is going to take some time till everyone can have a vehicle with this characteristics.
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@AmbiePam (51646)
• United States
22 May 07
I can't afford a hybrid car, nor the experimental fuel that may or may not be the answer right now. My car gets about 30 miles per gallon, which I'm thankful for, but with $3.26 as the cost of gas per gallon, I've learned to compromise with my driving. Scooters and walking wouldn't be practical for me considering the long way I'd have to walk to get there. But like when my mom and I need to go to the grocery store, instead of us both going on different days, we'll decide on one day, I'll pick her up, and one of our cars stays in our driveways. Then for church, she can pick me up and I won't be using my car to go to the same place. I'm welcome to learning helpful ways to conserve fuel though.
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@elisa812 (3031)
• United States
24 May 07
I've been trying to carpool more to save on gas, and I've been doing lots of walking. Whenever I need to get somewhere close by, I always walk there instead of driving. I'm thinking I will clean up my old bike so that I can start using that for places that are a little too far to walk.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
24 May 07
well the cost of gas today has not reached the cost of gas in the 70's. Yes in the 70's gas was cheeper but if you take into account inflation the cost of gas was a whole lot more in the 70's only if you put it into today's costs. so it is still a bargan.
• United States
23 May 07
The high cost of gasoline has impacted my life. I do not get to see my mother and stepfather as often as we would like because we must worry about how much gas will cost. We can't afford to get a new car that is less of a guzzler because we are all too low income. The high cost of gas is trickling down to other things in life. I'm noting inflation in the grocery store. A bunch of celery used to cost $1.20. Now it is $1.90. That is one big fat price hike.
@webbuff (926)
• Philippines
23 May 07
Here in the ph gasoline cose 3.22 a gallon.. its really really costly nowadays. The best approach in this kind of crisis is to develop economy cars or even natural power cars like powered by batteries and other natural resources. Right now im considering buy a economy motor bike juxt to beat rising gasoline.
• United States
23 May 07
Some people are already considering or have already sold their larger vehicles. Some never will. People are buying motorcycles, scooters and even taking to riding bicycles. I honestly think many people will simply budget their money in ways to afford gasoline. Being trapped in a long term loan, paying off a larger vehicle, not being able to sell it or find someone who will buy it, only leaves some people the alternative of parking the gas-guzzler and going deeper in debt trying to find a more economicl way to commute. It's certainly a dilemma that should never been allowed to happen.
• United States
23 May 07
I believe that the price of gas will continue to rise like it always has. People will be even more straped on money because they have to pay for gas. I would be great to have another source of fuel, but if that happens will car companies have to make special cars just for that fuel. If they did have to do that I don't think they would be cheap enough for EVERYONE to be able to get one.
• United States
22 May 07
i don't drive myself,but i am still affected-rising bus costs,and the price of food being bumped up by distributor's prices going up. i'm actually more scared of heating oil prices going up.either way though,america needs to find more alternatives,it's just going to get worse. i use my bicycle whenever possible.most times there's no need for a car.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
22 May 07
I think it will become more of a bike, scooter, and mass transporation nation... I been thinking about investing into an electric scooter myself.. but I am not sure about the laws yet.. one that can run on electric and powered by me... of course, and take heavy duty backpack weight... But I live 11 miles from town.. so.. I am not sure on the laws of when I get into town... Many have learned to make their own biodiesel. E85 Ethanol is at many places around the US people just do not know about it and Ethanol is really expensive too.... Electric bikes, scooters, are out there.. And there are many kits out there.. Even how to run your vehicle off of Vegetable oil. The problem with all of this is ethanol ran vehicles is going to boost grocery prices... and water ran vehicles, is going to make water more expensive.. and it's heady towards a very very expensive world.. until they get things like the Sterling Engine an engine ran off of air into mainstream, or an efficient type of steam engine, using soybean based oil instead of greese... or how to power it with magnets.... - DNatureofDTrain