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And in other news. I'm now more glad than ever I don't drive an SUV. Gas prices here went from $1.58 this morning to $1.75 by lunch and no end in sight. Maybe the state legislature will drop the $.40 per gallon gas tax for a few months like they did in 2001. That would help. Yeah I know we should have been paying $2 + for gas all along but it hurts for it to go up all at once. If it weren't so darned cold right now I'd rife a bike or walk the six miles to work. Thinking about not going to the farm tonight because of the gas prices and waiting to see if there is any drop by the weekend.



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Feb. 11th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
Confessions of an SUV Driver
These gas prices are hurting. I drive an SUV on a 25 mile commute. It's terrible. But I have been carpooling a couple of times a week, which, while it doesn't impact my wallet significantly (I drive during the winter, my friend drives in the summer because she has A/C - so we don't really chip in for each other's gas much), it does alleviate some of my guilt about the pollution factor. Still, with prices as they are and going up, I'm giving serious consideration to driving my car to the nearest Park and Ride lot, and riding the bus back and forth from there each day since my company pays for bus cards. At least, on most non-carpool days.

I can't wait until those fuel cell vehicles make it to the mass market and we can stop depending on fossil fuel for transportation.

On an altogether different note, I accidentally dumped myself from all of my friends Friends lists. Please don't feel obligated to add me back, but know that I'd certainly love to continue to read your journal.
Feb. 11th, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Confessions of an SUV Driver
Deb and I work at the same place but since we go in at different times we drive separate vehicles. So I think we'll probably start to carpool and both go in when I normally go in. And maybe we'll cut out one trip down to the farm a week. Something will have to give somewhere.

I'll add you back. I enjoy reading your journal.


Feb. 11th, 2003 04:01 pm (UTC)
Have your people call my people. We'll build a stone circle that lasts for centuries.

Gas prices around here range from $1.50 to $1.59. I'm so glad I live thirty minutes from work. It's the quick way back for me from now on!
Feb. 11th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think it will go back down. Platts, one of our company's industry divisions reported that OPEC is stepping up production to cover the loss from Venezuela and the expected loss from Iraq which when the need for heating oil is over in a few weeks will result in a surplus. bad for them but good for us for a little while anyway.

Feb. 11th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC)
yea gas prices here have skyrocketed to almost .82/L!!??

I'm wondering if this has anything to do with the impending war on Iraq...

btw what's your opinion on it?
Feb. 11th, 2003 11:44 pm (UTC)
Well one dividion of our corporation is Platts which keeps a constant eye on the energy industries worldwide. A report they put out today said the rise in prices is only partly due to the impending war with Iraq because oil futures are based primarily on speculation of how everyday events will affect the world economy and there is much concern in the international community over this. But mostly it's because in Venezuela which is the 4th largest oil exporting nation, the oil workers joined a general strike with no forseeable end in sight. So their production of oil dropped to about 1/4 of their normal quota in January and is not expected to go up at all in February. OPEC announced today that it would produce more barrels in February to make up for both the real loss in Venezuela and the projected loss in Iraq if we go to war. That would help prices stabilize at least, probably drop back down to where they were mid January anyway. But the concern at OPEC is that if they step up production, then when winter ends here and people are not buying home heating oil, there will be a surplus and prices will fall drastically. Good for us, not so good for them.

My feelings on the war are if our real objective is to take out Saddam Hussein then we should find some way to kill just him. Possibly an assassination or pinpointing him with a smart bomb. Then we can help someone get into power that we and the rest of the world can deal with and at that point we can go in and assist with disarmament. I'm not sure it's warranted to risk ground troop exposure to biological, chemical and radiological weapons just to get rid of one dictator. Though if we do go to an all out war, I doubt it will last long. I just think there are less costly ways of achieving our objective. Just my humble opinion.

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