Amid all of the financial turmoil that has occurred over the last several years it is good to see that the American people are still more than willing to help out the financial elite by forking over more and more money at the gas pump. It was different as recently as 2008 when gas hit $4 a gallon. Back then people were angry and ready to fight for something. Now, after losing their retirement savings, home and good paying job or some combination thereof we must be like dogs that have been beaten too much, cowering and ready to give up.
The news channels have been predicting that gasoline will hit $5 a gallon this summer and people seem to be accepting that as inevitable. Now we aren't outraged, we just sigh and pay and give thanks that it isn't $10 a gallon this week so we can spend 20% of our low wage paycheck to make the commute to our subsistence jobs for a few more days.
One thing that we do have now should be a greater awareness of the choices that are available to us in the way we fuel our vehicles. Natural gas fueled vehicles are available new, used or our current vehicles can be converted to natural gas fuel or to natural ga/gasoline dual fuel operation. An amount of natural gas equivalent to a gallon of gasoline only costs around a dollar. So, let's think about this carefully. Five dollars a gallon for gasoline or one dollar for a comparable amount of natural gas. Which is better?
The answer seems obvious but as long as Americans keep on buying gasoline it would seem that they are choosing to do so and that the price must not be that much of a problem. After all we do have choices now and if we make the choice to keep on buying gasoline then it is because it is what we want to do.