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By Robert Rapier on Jul 3, 2008 with no responses

The Benefits of $4 Gas

There is a great article today in Time. It covers a lot of ‘hot button’ issues with me, such as suburban sprawl, shorter work weeks, and conservation: 10 Things You Can Like About $4 Gas Gas prices are near $4 per gal., as no one needs to tell you, and they are likely to stay that way. Most of us still don’t have the alternatives we need to adapt with grace, which means that many will adapt just by suffering. We will run out of gas on I-80, ease our minivans over to the shoulder and tell the kids everything is O.K. We’ll fall behind on Visa bills to pay for gas so we can buy food made ever more… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 2, 2008 with no responses

The Fate of the Small Rural Town

Update: Today’s Drumbeat at The Oil Drum features two additional stories covering this issue: Gas guzzlers and ‘ghostburbs’ SUV factories closing, bicycle sales and train use rocketing, commuter belts becoming “ghostburbs” as residents flock to the inner cities . . . welcome to 2008 America, where soaring oil and petrol prices have triggered a sudden revolution in travel behaviour and a seismic upheaval in the automobile industry. High gas prices threaten to shut down rural towns There are no utilities and no public transportation in this unincorporated town of a couple hundred people along a narrow road that winds through the mountains 314 miles north of Sacramento. Many people here buy gas for their vehicles and gas or diesel for… Continue»