Back in the 70’s, I stopped at a country convenience store near my home. I was chatting with one of the owners, who had the Wall Street Journal near him. He was reading about the oil situation. He commented that gas would probably go to 75 cents per gallon. I remarked, “75 cents per gallon, NO WAY!” How wrong could I be?
Now with the results of the hurricane hitting the gulf coast, a new surge of gas price increases is hitting our area. Almost a 60 cent increase in four days. The official reason is that there is no electricity to run the pumps to get the gas that is stored at the refineries in the gulf coast area. According to a news report last night, this area gets 95 percent of it’s gasoline from the gulf coast pipeline.
If you live near your work, you are indeed fortunate. I travel 40 miles one way to work. My vehicle gets 20 miles per gallon. Soon there will be a severe shortage. There may not be any gas to refuel my vehicle. What alternatives do I have?
Work from home – possible on some days
Take vacation days – might be possible
Use my wife’s car – gets slightly better gas mileage
Not a very good list, is it?
We have become so dependant on our cars. Hopefully, this shortage will be short lived. Our economy is in a delicate balance these days. This may cause more problems that just the inconvenience of transportation issues.
Have you considered getting a scooter or a motorcycle? Might not be a bad investment these days.