Gas prices are coming down! Great news, right? Not exactly.
After gas prices rose to more than a staggering $5.00 per gallon, one could be easily lulled into complacency by a sharp $2 price drop, and be made to forget pre-war gas prices of $.99 per gallon.
In 2001, there were no cheaper fuel alternative, no reason to demand cleaner alternative energy sources, no need to investigate what foreign countries were getting rich off our dependence on oil, and no reason to rally over 1 million concerned Americans to support a national energy plan which paves the way for energy independence. 7 years later, prices have risen 500% with no substantial decrease in supply nor increase in demand. It just illustrates how easily the market is manipulated, and how American people are held hostage by this unregulated fleecing of our economy.
I’m not going to lie, in the short term, having some relief at the pumps definitely helps, but not at the expense of losing focus on issue at hand: how can we help usher in a national energy plan which supports the development and use of cleaner alternative energy, and reduces our dependency on foreign oil? So, by all means, enjoy the lower prices, but let’s not take our eye off the prize.