Cynthia Tucker wants to know why Uncle Sam hasn't made you ride the bus -- and why he lets you live so far from work. When Congresscritters wanna let our own oil companies drill for oil within U.S. territory, she fumes there isn't enough to make a difference, anyhow.
...And then caps it by sighing, "A dime [more] a gallon can break the budget." She thinks maybe "we" -- by which she means Teh Gummint -- will get serious when gas reaches $10.00 a gallon.
Um, I've got news for you, sweetie: higher gas prices are the single bestest way to get people to find more efficient ways of using the stuff. One reason I put in several evenings getting my motor scooter going was the rise in gas prices: that thing takes me to work on a couple of tablespoons of petrol.
High prices also make the harder-to-get to sources economically viable.
I don't think we're "running out of oil" any time soon, especially not in a solar system where globs of kerogen are out there for the taking. But thanks to the very Wonders Of Economics she decries, any such crash is self-cushioning.
Oh, and if Mr. Obama's government was serious about controlling oil prices? They'd stop printing more and more dollars. Every time the printing press goes 'round, the dollar(s) in your, mine and Ms. Tucker's pockets are worth a bit less.
I wonder how long her commute is -- and if she takes the bus?
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