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Friday, 05.May.2006

14:45 - I hate people // politics

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Fucking "liberals". Fucking "conservitaves". I hate all this political posturing surrounding "high" gas prices. Two things: when adjusted for inflation current gas prices are not anywhere near high and Europe consumers pay far more per gallon than even the most outlandish estimations of what US consumers will be paying by the end of this year.

Now, even assuming gas prices for the consumer are currently high, trying to get laws passed is *NOT* the solution. You wanna know the solution? I'll tell you the solution. It's so mind-boggingly simple I forgive you for not grasping the concept earlier:

REDUCE DEMAND

It's that easy. If everyone started taking public transportation in to work one or two days out of the week, and if all the people purchasing new cars insisted on only purchasing cars that got at least 35 miles per gallon, prices would stop rising at the pace they currently are. They won't drop, of course, because gas prices never really drop over any significant period of time. They will, however, stop going up a nickel a week (which it certainly feels like they are doing).

Personally, I've been calling for a new tax on gas for years now. I've long since felt that we should have a $3 per gallon tax on gas. It's the "You wanna fuck the earth, fuck you" tax. All these damn self-centered yuppy pieces of shit in their 8MPG designer tanks can cry me a fucking river about high gas prices, I've had it with their whining.

My only lament about all this is knowing that those yuppy shits are the ones deciding the laws. :(

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From:bridgeweaver
Date:22:25 05.May.2006 (UTC)
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I agree with the spirit of your rant, but being one of the working poor, gas prices are very painful to us, and the majority of our driving is not replaceable by public transportation, such as the commute to get Jackie to school in the morning. The SacRT route she would be required to usee wouldn't get her to school on time, even were she to take the 5:23 AM bus from ARC. I can't get to my office on public transit at all. If one is going to want people to use public transit, then one has to be willing to pay the price to make public transit workable for us who would use it.
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From:lograh
Date:22:57 05.May.2006 (UTC)
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Oh, I totally agree about improving the public transit system. A tax of three dollars a gallon could certainly funnel significant funds into bettering the public transportation options.

However, I have to interject at this point about a specific issue: location. You choose to live where you are. You don't have to live so far from where you work, or so far from the school your children live in. You can make choices to alter your life around public transportation.

I agree that famillies with children have a greater need for cars in this land of deplorable public transit, but you have to admit that some of the problem lies in where you are willing to live and work.
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From:pleckos
Date:22:27 05.May.2006 (UTC)
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Totally agree. Even when I drove an SUV I would have supported an enormous tax on gas for the purpose of reducing demand. I have a friend in the UK who told me that gas there is $6.36 a gallon. That's twice what we're complaining about here.

What pisses me off more is that all the American automakers here are using hybrid technology not so much to improve efficiency but to increase performance. Ugh.
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From:lograh
Date:23:01 05.May.2006 (UTC)
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american automakers are using technology to improve performance instead of efficiency because gas prices are stupid low. There is no market push for more efficient cars because there is no economic need for it, even at the consumer level, because gas prices are not really as high as people are bitching about. People are shocked because the gas prices so recently tipped the $3 level, but honestly speaking that's not near bad as it should be (or is in other parts of the world). As such, the pain felt is more psychological than economical and thus people can still afford to drive low-mileage vehicals to the corner store 5 blocks away instead of walking.
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From:hastings1066
Date:23:22 05.May.2006 (UTC)
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This is the exact reason why the Polo, A2, C1, and similar cars in europe aren't in the US, no demand. The A3 was announced, so I (incorrectly) assumed that the US version would have the same efficiency as the Euro version, nope, 32MPG, not 42MPG. And no TDI (42MPG). The A3 2.0 TDI has a range of like 700mi on a tank. And this is still just petrol. Saab has an H2-based concept vehicle working at "normal" efficiency levels.

Public transit is a mess front to back. Even with a $3/gal state tax, it wouldn't get to the cities in any usable form. It would get pulled into large horribly expensive transit projects via the general fund and RT would still suck, but have better quality billboards and a couple more buses. You need a driving version of flash mobs. "I need to go to <place>" *typetype* oh, someone is going there today, returning soon enough for me. *carpool req* Not only does this solve a lot of the "ugly" driving (environmentally, like going to someplace that involves very little freeway), it also pulls individuals in a community out of their homes and into talking to people. I think getting people to get over apathy is easier than fixing the entire chain of funds from the IRS to the RT planning office.

YMMV of course (especially if you are in an SUV ;)
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From:pallasathene
Date:0:38 06.May.2006 (UTC)
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I would say that a fair amount of politicians know that such a change is needed - But the people don't. I mean, who's going to tell them that the "American way of life" needs to change?

I don't disagree with you about the gas, and I've been on public transit since I was 14. But in terms of public transit - most cities weren't really designed for it. I mean, how much would it cost to have every bus in Sacramento run half-hourly? How long would it STILL take to get from North Highlands to Natomas? To better public transit we'd have to redesign a lot of cities, which isn't going to happen.

None of which is an excuse for not trying to conserve at least a little, but it does partially explain why nobody wants to step up and suggest them in the political arena. Your constituents have to like you...
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