Isn't this what the wacko left has always wanted? Expensive gas? After all, it will force automobile makers to pursue other alternatives to oil. Right? Al Gore said himself that he hoped gas would reach $5 to $6 gallon so to force the move to cleaner burning alternative fuels. I really don't understand how you can have it both ways. You supported a man for president 8 years ago that openly stated he wanted gas to be $5 to $6 gallon, now that we're close to being there, you bitch about it. What gives?
I am all for $10 a gallon as long as like you said we seriously explore and implement alternative ways of fueling. Right now the bitching is that NOTHING is being done to study and experiment with real avant guard science in terms of energy conversion, generation and distribution. All the Republicans are pushing are ethanol and more drilling. I have not to this day seen a real plan for alternative infrastructure should we go the hydrogen way or even nuclear. It's all bullshit Mitch, it's all bullshit! Don't let them blow bullshit in your face Mitch, don't!
While $5-6 a gallon gas would put a burden on the middle and lower income folks which would not be a good thing, had it been accompanied by reasoned research and development funding and a push toward that same "cleaner burning alternative fuel" concept, as was suggested by the other part of the Al Gore observation, things might be much different now.
It is easy to simply snip a third of Gore's comment to benefit your view. But add in the other two thirds, that being support for the folks who would get hammered by higher costs and increased R&D into alternatives as part of the quid pro quo of the higher price and the BALANCE of the $5-6.00 strategy makes much more sense.
As it was, we got an Oil Man [well, kinda, he did lose money in the biz] who did everything possible to make oil profits for everyone in the chain as high as possible by removing trade barriers, causing instability in the Middle East, ignoring labor regulations, environmental regulations, etc.
And with that Carte Blanche for the oil companies we, as Americans go virtually NO R&D into Alternative Fuels, Alternative supplies, more efficient propulsion systems. Just six years of "there is not problem" and "let's have a market driven solution". How's that working out? Ford and GM are losing their shorts. Chrysler is all but gone. We are, in yet another industry, OWNED by foreign engineering superiority.
When Bushie came into office Regular gasoline was $1.46. Today it is $3.807 and will go up again tonight as it raised .15 in most places today. For those in Math Denial, that is a 260%
increase or 11.5X
the cumulative inflation rate for the same period [22.69%].