Gut Rumbles
 

August 23, 2005

butt out!

This "problem" is none of the government's business. Environmentalists love the idea, because they'd rather see us all riding bicycles than driving cars, but it's none of their business, either.

If the price of gasoline becomes outrageously high, people will start buying lighter, more fuel-efficient cars on their own. That's called a free market at work.

But if you can afford $3.00 a gallon for gas, you should be able to drive whatever gas-guzzling monster you want. And if enough people, willingly, switch to fuel-efficient cars, the auto companies will stop making the gas-guzzlers, WILLINGLY, because they don't sell.

We don't need government's finger in this pie.

Comments

Agreed.

I considered the idea of a hybrid, but realized that having no car payment as of now is still the cheaper alternative. Till gas goes to 5.00, there's no sense in financing 25,000 for a (fully loaded) decent hybrid ride with ROOM.

Posted by: LC Corey on August 23, 2005 11:36 AM

You are correct, but the nannies in government think they know what is best for all of us. NONE of them will be able to resist the temptation to interfere. Only by holding hearings etc. can they get their names in the headlines and newsreports. I already know why gas is too expensive. More than 50% of the cost of gas is taxes and regulatory fees. Get the government out of gas and prices will fall to acceptable levels.

Posted by: hoosierboy on August 23, 2005 11:43 AM

Gas guzzler driver here...

And if I have to pay $3.00 per gallon to keep it on the road, so be it. (Almost paying 3 bucks a gallon now, actually)

But when the winter winds blow, and you have snow up the ying yang, its nice to know that you arent going to be stuck with some skateboard (that passes for a car)

Come about December, my Ford Expedition is often the only thing that keeps me from doing my own personal remake of Jack Nicholsons role in The Shining....

Posted by: Ruth on August 23, 2005 11:48 AM

*L* Ruth I can feel your pain and know what you are talking about, except I don't drive a Ford Expedition,,,I'm one of those on a skateboard going nutso!

Posted by: Michele on August 23, 2005 11:54 AM

Who is making the big bucks off the high gas prices? There wouldn't be conspiracy going along would there ? I am certain it is all above board and driven by the economy. I back Bush on the War, but he is licking someones ass on this issue.

Posted by: James Old Guy on August 23, 2005 11:56 AM

Come to think of it, what DO we need the government to do other than fund the military and let the Generals make the decisions. Government's self-assumed position is to make a good life for it's citizens and a better life for themselves.

Other than some occasional tax cuts, when has our government legislated us into a better life? " A government of, by, and for the people"... seems to me that I have heard that somewhere before; but I just can't remember where.

Posted by: Roger .45 on August 23, 2005 12:01 PM

All thanks to a lack of refining capacity, due in part to the enviro-tards no less.

Bush is silly to stick his finger in this pie. I find one aspect, amusing, however. I've been kicking around the idea of getting a new winter rig, as my 4runner is pushing eleven years of age and I'd like something with a bit more naughty DNA. So, I've been looking at the new Hummer H3, or "baby hummer", which gets considerably better mileage than the larger H2.

However, according to the article, the H2 would be exempt from this pie-fingering. Care to guess what that'll do to my purchasing decision?

Screw with the free market, and it'll not only make you look silly, it'll do the exact opposite of what you want just to spite you.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 23, 2005 12:06 PM

We dream of $3 a gallon! It's about a £1.50 a litre here.

Posted by: Fred on August 23, 2005 12:51 PM

Over all energy savings by buying a hybrid is nil. It takes as much energy to produce it as is saved by driving it all though thedriver will save some bucks of fuel. But it does no overall good as far as energy conservation-the same goes for electric automobiles.

I like the way it is done in Brazil-they use primarily alcohol priuced from sugar cane and other starchy plants. I can see driving in to the punp and putting 10 gal in the tank and a couple of quarts in the water jug to take
home.

Posted by: GUYK on August 23, 2005 01:04 PM

At what price per gallon of gasoline does ethanol (sans subsidies) become competitive? It sure can't be too much higher...

Posted by: Desert Cat on August 23, 2005 04:23 PM

I don't know where this came from, but it's been in my linklist for a while.

http://www.randomuseless.info/gasprice/gasprice.html

The guy's been keeping records of every gas purchase since 1979, and presents the results as a nice graph -- with correction for inflation, according to the BLS.

Instructive.

Regards,
Ric

Posted by: Ric Locke on August 23, 2005 11:32 PM
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