Here’s an interesting comment from last week’s post How Much Does it Cost to Drive ONE Mile?
The emotion of Gas pricing is funny. Lets compare it to other liquids.
$1.50 plus deposit for one liter of soda. Or a $1.25 for 16oz. of you buy out of a vending machine. Thats roughly half the price of gallon of gas for sugar water. Where’s the outrage?
A gallon of water at the grocery store. I’ve never paid for it but I would guess at least $2.
Don’t even get me started on alcohol prices in a metropolitan bar.
All these products don’t have to be shipped across oceans, refined, distributed. Now I am not saying that the pricing of gas isn’t going a little crazy based on oil companies profits. I am just saying its interesting to think about what people will get outraged about.
Although what you say is true, you’re missing one important point:
NONE of the things you mentioned are necessities. Gas, on the other hand, is. There’s a big difference. If I don’t want to pay $4.00 for a cup of Starbucks, then I don’t pay it. I can buy cheaper coffee beans at the grocery store and make my own coffee for 1/4 the price (or less) of a cup of Starbucks.
For the most part, I don’t have that option with gas. Sure, I could drive less or buy a more fuel-efficient car. But what if I’m already driving as little as possible? What if I already have a fuel-efficient car? As of right now, there’s not a lot we can do until the following happens:
1. We find alternative fuels to help lower the demand for gasoline.
2. Build more refineries to alleviate supply issues.
3. Build better fuel-efficient cars.
The bottom line is that we should all expect for fuel to take a much larger percentage of our budgets than it has in the past. I don’t like it, but what can we do about it?