Friday, July 25, 2008

Poll Results: How Will High Gasoline Prices Affect You?

Thanks everyone who participated in the Kurashi poll about high gasoline prices since May.

55 votes!

I'm really pleased.

It is perhaps not surprising that 55% of you are saying that you will drive less.

Three votes for selling your car? Congratulations, good thinking.

There is a lot to discuss and explain, and a lot I also don't understand about energy issues. I firmly believe that we are now at a Peak Oil moment when gasoline will never be cheap again. I also think the economy and our society will change rapidly - including food and other related issues. We already heard from 200,000 fishermen around Japan that they are facing tough times. This is also true for anyone farming these days, who uses machines and chemical fertilizers (Maybe I should have had another choice for you, asking "Car is irrelevant, gasoline prices affect me").

Ahem. Here are a few of the comments, precious. Listen to contamination:

For me its a perfect excuse to encourage my lazy wife to walk more. Somehow (and I can't EVER understand why) she will be happy to go out for a walk for an hour or two when the point is to walk.

But if it's to walk somewhere and walk back, she will prefer to drive.

So I can now say, honey we aren't rich - lets walk. And I'm getting more success.

And Tornadoes28 really hit the nail on the head:

I live in LA. Since last year I have been taking a bus and then subway to downtown. Where I used to fill up the gas tank about once a week, now I go several weeks between fill ups. So the gas prices don't affect me to badly.

Which prompted Isis to offer some (divine?) praise:

I hope a lot more people will do as Tornadoes is doing. It will help to reduce car traffic so that my bicycling will be safer and more pleasant with less air pollution as well. ;^)


K and S said...

very interesting post Martin, I hope all the world governments will think about and take action on how they can help everyone (farmers, fishermen and the consumers) alleviate the high costs from oil.

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Pandabonium said...

Excellent poll. Nice to see the most common reaction is to change behavior by driving less and using alternate, more efficient and therefore more environmentally friendly, transportation.

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