Gas Prices and Keeping it Green

Hawaii is on the verge of implementing a cap on gasoline prices effective September 1st, meanwhile big oil is asking for a delay. The economics of the situation are rather interest, opponents of the price cap are arguing that a mandated cap will actually result in shortages as filling stations will opt to stop selling gas in lieu of a money losing situation and thus forcing higher prices on ‘black market’ for gasoline.
I commute by bike a couple days a week, and have for years, but primarily from an environment sensitivity. With gas prices, I’ve added an extra day here and there, but more out of convenience. Riding my bike into work today, I saw two cars with more than one occupant and got to thinking. Since the $2.00+/gallon prices are hitting everyone anyway, at what price point will you, or did you, seek alternative transportation?
For me, $3/gallon would probably get me riding as much as possible (in my neck of the woods we are around 2.20 right now). How about the rest of you?

About Shawn Hartley

Creative technologist by day. Bowling instructor at night. VP at Corporate 3 Design in Omaha. Proud father and husband.

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  • http://www.blogbr.com Matt Wallace

    I think we are blessed to live in a part of town that provides residential and all the conveniences of commercial fairly nearby. We have a scooter that proves useful for short grocery runs but that’s about it. We’ve noticed that as vehicles have grown, people’s patience and driving skills have diminished. We would feel unsafe commuting to business meetings, restaurants etc on a bike or scooter. Hopefully the gas prices will not only make people plan their commutes more wisely, but also force an awareness of motorcyclists, bicyclists and scooter-ists.

  • Scott Thompson

    Why are gas prices so much cheaper in Canada? I think the government needs to put a cap on ALL gas prices in the US and stop trying to feed the stock market.