And It's Bad Because…?
For the last few months, I’ve been inundated with news reports of record gas prices. Many Americans are predicting $5/gallon very shortly (in Canada, I’ve been paying that much for some time now, so no sympathy from me). Four dollars per gallon appears to be breaking point for many people, forcing them to find alternative means of transportation.
Now, I agree that gas prices are a little ridiculous, but to hear people complain about things like being forced to car pool, take public transit, bike, or–gasp!–walk when they need to get from point A to point B, I have to shake my head. Doing those things are NOT negatives, folks! As far as I’m concerned, these are the benefits of high gas prices. Why? Because if rising gas prices is what it takes to get North Americans (yes, I’m including Canada in my semi-rant) to reduce their carbon footprints (and perhaps shed some pounds while they’re at it), then I don’t mind paying extra at the pump.