May 24 2007
I’m no economist. However, the solutions to rising gas prices that I am once again receiving in email forwards don’t seem to make economic sense to me. You’ve probably read them: “Let’s all boycott gas on this date!” “Don’t buy gas from the biggest companies!” etc. Instead, I recommend this: Check out one or more of the great low-gas-price websites each day before you go to fill up your tank – then buy the cheapest gas you can reasonably get. I’ve included some of the best links on the right column of my site under “Cheap Gas Links.” This way, you save money now, and use natural economic force to impact the bigger picture. But let’s not forget two other significant considerations. First of all, we pay far less for a tank of gas in the US than anywhere else in the world. Second, at some point we are all going to have to make other choices besides where to buy the cheapest gas – making less trips, carpooling, smaller vehicles, hybrid cars, bio-fuel, etc. Basically, we are going to have to make some sacrifices and be inconvenienced – something we Americans don’t seem to do too well anymore.