Here we go again. Panic over the price of gas.
It’s already started for 2012. Cable television warning the average price of regular gas could soon top $4 a gallon.
My question is: Why do we fall for the same con game every year? Isn’t it clear by now that oil companies will collude to jack up the price of gas every Spring, just to scare the hell out of us – and win all kinds of concessions out of Congress – then they will lower the price of gas by mid-summer. And the crisis will pass. Until next year.
Come on, we’re smarter than that. It’s time to admit:
- We Americans pay less per gallon of gas than people in most other countries – and it’s not going to stay that way.
- We have to start making and buying more fuel-efficient cars.
- We have to build more public transit.
- We have to start living closer to work, to avoid that long and expensive commute.
In other words, we have some major life-style changes to make. And, until we do, oil companies will screw us every Spring with higher gas prices.
That’s my parting shot for today. I’m Bill Press.