By JLP | May 21, 2007
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?