• oneighturbo Posted: 9/29/2008 10:26am PDT

    Exactly how it is here in Atlanta. Last night I took off to find premium, hit 10 stations and not one drip of any flavor... kind of eerie as well with the lights off at the stations too. Your used to those intersections/areas etc. being lit.
    I know scooter sales are up but they use gas. Wonder where bike sales are headed?

  • Dragynfyr Posted: 9/29/2008 10:55am PDT

    If we (government and the public) had forced the automakers to start working on alternatives during the 70's (as we should have), we would never have had to see this situation again. Unfortunately, everyone preferred to play ostrich and stick their head in the sand.

  • Ed Posted: 9/29/2008 12:54pm PDT

    CAFE standards never worked, when gas dropped to $1, everybody bought the StupidUglyVehicles they did not need, fatass SUVs and pickups.
    The only way is to slap a huge tax on gas, and keep the price at some level, $3 or $4, stable, so companies can invest without fear that next time oil plummets to $10 they will have to go broke again.

  • Tom L Posted: 9/30/2008 10:32am PDT

    Two ideas to add to Ed's comment. The government should gradually ramp up taxes on gas. Add 25 cents each year for a decade. The automakers should be able to plan for what's coming that way. Second, supply everyone with a calculated income tax credit based on driving 15k per year and getting 35 mpg. That way those of us who use less gas will see our taxes go down and those who want to continue driving their H2 can fork over some money.

  • Al Posted: 9/30/2008 10:37am PDT

    Taxes on gas are NOT a solution, and the high price of gas and it's compounding ripple-effect on the cost of all goods also contributed to the current economic crisis.
    The solution is obvious - WE HAVE TO BECOME ENERGY INDEPENDENT and not rely on out enemies for oil. This means drilling everywhere AND investing in all forms of alternative energy. Blindly ignoring the problem will have a greater catastrophic result than the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac disaster where the warning signs were ignored.
    Wake up America, before it is too late. It is 11.59pm and our enemies are watching.

  • Tom L Posted: 9/30/2008 1:24pm PDT

    I disagree. Properly crafted tax laws can be a very effective solution. In this case I'm proposing that shifting tax burden away from income and towards consumption will force people to be less wastefull in their use of resources. Rather than throw money at the problem (in this case who exactly is "we" and how exactly do "we invest in alternative energy") government's role is to provide the structure on which the economy operates. The goal should be to provide stability and sustainability.