I would like to think that the rise in gas prices will ultimately change consumer behavior causing them to move closer to work, buy vehicles that are more appropriate to their driving style, and drive less. But I know that’s not going to be the case.
Personally I’m OK with the gas prices and it doesn’t impact me as much as it does others. I’ve got a short commute, a paid for truck, and typically buy groceries that are locally sourced (as best possible). Bring on $10 a gallon gas. And yes, I’m perfectly OK with people leaving the state because it’s too expensive.
Unfortunately some amount of clean air regs are a necessity simply due to the amount of cars we have traveling on our highways. I’m lucky to live somewhere with relatively good air quality but there’s a lot of people who live in areas that don’t have that luxury.
Oh no Bucky, you don’t get off that easy.
This does impact you, because it impacts everyone. When gas goes up (for no good reason in this case), everything else goes up. Food, energy, etc also go up. Have you seen your electric bill recently? It has steadily increased by 30%, you just don’t notice it because it is being nickeled-and-dimed just a little bit at a time. Our Dept of Water and Power just approved a rate increase by 11%, and that is for this year alone.
As far as the air regs, you must be smokin’ some shag weed that Pitt gave you. Global fucking warming is useless if China and India are not on board with us. Notice how our (Cali’s) constant motto is “when Cali talks, the US listens”? Well
No one else followed us off that global warming cliff. We are 38 million among a country of 300 million," (barely 10%) and among 7 billion of the entire planet Earf. 1800 jobs lost from Campbell Soup and Comcast Inc. in just one day alone, I’m sure Oregon, Texas, and Colorado are thanking us right now for it. An interesting comparison I would like to make… Spain also has High Speed Rail and Global Warming Laws, and they also sport an unemployment rate of 35%. Do we really want to follow that?
Chushin- I am not leaving, it’s gonna go down with me in an exit-bag, naked and screaming. I am not going to miss this party for shit.