Originally Posted by TWIFOSP
I say drive them up even higher and higher. Until the middle class starts to feel the pinch of the higher gas prices, no one really cares. It's a sad fact, but apparently we need to actually have a mininature economic depression in order to spur innovation to get off of this archaic technology.
I don't think it actually will happen though. We seem to be investing a LOT of time, blood, and money into the oil production stability route. Which means we probably have something up our sleeve.
I can't help but wonder where we'd be if we spent all the money on oil (wars, production, investments, ect) on developing other technologies.
The ONLY good thing about these ridiculous prices is it has kicked up interest in the hybrid cars. They are back ordered and selling for above list price in some places.
It's too bad we have to be slapped around in order to get us interested in alternate automotive technology.
I'd love to see the country really get behind hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, it would decrease pollution, and drop our dependance on foreign oil. My next car will very likely be one.
But unfortunately TWIFOSP has it right.
Until "Sally Soccer Mom" gets over the idea that she "needs" a 9 passenger gas sucking beast to go pick up little Timmy from practice, we're going to continue to pay what ever gas costs until we just can't pay anymore.
They have the supply and we have a demand.
Imagine what would happen if we cut our oil use by 25%