Here’s my theory on the high price of oil: we’ve created this ‘crisis’ as a way to startle ourselves into seriously looking into alternate energy sources for personal transportation. We have already started along that road of course – Toyota and Honda already have hybrid (gas/electric) cars out, and fuel-cell buses are now a requirement in some cities with high smog. But the oil prices are really getting us to notice how much we are dependent on oil, and how LITTLE control we have over it all. The “great gas out” was pointless – just as much gas was used, just on the days before and after the “no gas” day… We’ve all heard that the U.S. is supposed to have something like 5 or 10 years of oil stored ‘in case’… And isn’t it funny how crude prices go *UP* IMMEDIATELY when something happens, but it’ll take them at least three months to go DOWN?? Rather like the cost of memory chips (that stores already had in stock) going up when that factory in Silicon Valley burned down – yeah RIGHT. *grin* Anyway, I think once we start moving forward the changes won’t seem so bad, may even seem exciting, and we’ll wonder why we didn’t do this sooner. (Theory subject to change.)

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