On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 1:22 PM, Keith Antoine <kantoine@optu...> wrote:
> There is not a country where TAX is not a major component of energy supply
> and GAS/PETROL/DIESEL is the particular bone of contention at this point in
> Here in OZ we are paying around the $1.60/$1.70 per litre at the moment and
> it will be $2.00 shortly. Majority of commuters will not use the public
> transport its
> inconvenient, yet willing to blame government and anyone else for their
> woes. Will not give up their two cars and running of children to school or
> whatever sporting
> events they are taxi service for.
What's even more pathetic is the car culture (especially in
California, which has more registered vehicles than any other US state
by a wide margin). The street that I live on is a dead end, and has a
total of 8 homes. Of the 8, all of them have at least two vehicles.
5 have at least 3 vehicles. 4 have at least 4 vehicles. 2 have at
least 5 vehicles. 1 home owner has 7 cars (yes, *SEVEN*). I've got 2
(one that I use to get to/from work, and 1 that my wife uses). It
seems to me that once you have more vehicles than you can park in your
driveway+garage, that you have too many, but apparently not. It
boggles my mind how these people can even afford the yearly state
vehicle registration + auto insurance, which are again, among the
highest in the US. Gas prices should be just the latest financial
insult to these people's lives.
> It is just starting to sink in that smaller cars and alternative energy cars
> might just be a good thing, the average person me included can be THICK.