The price of gas doesn’t matter

Adam Davidson:

In other words, Americans may protest loudly, but their economic behavior indicates a remarkable indifference to the price of oil. In Europe, where taxes keep gas prices well above $5 a gallon, citizens are more likely to take public transportation and live near the center of town. The streets are filled with mopeds and tiny cars. The United States, on the other hand, barely exerts the minimum effort expected of a gas-phobic society: its enthusiasm for car pooling, enhanced public transportation and fuel-efficient vehicles remains relatively low. The average American even spends more gas money on social and recreational trips (about $13 a week, on average) than on their commutes to and from work (around $8). If gas prices truly damage the quality of our lives, we have done a remarkable job of hiding it.

2 thoughts on “The price of gas doesn’t matter”

  1. You forgot the guy who breezed past me on the four lane at about 85 mph. I was doing the limit and he walked away as if I was sitting still. If you are hurting, stop speeding. It eats gas. If I remember something like going 65 vs 55 is around the same as paying 16 cents more per gallon. They can’t be hurting that bad if they can fly in a car.

    btw my wife died this year.

    1. Yeah, wasn’t the reason for lowering the national speed limit to 55 to conserve gas? How soon we forget.

      Sorry to hear about your wife. RIP Mrs. Philocrates.

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