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pipes 02-25-2011 02:18 AM

what are you going to do when gas hits $5
 
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this will be me here in a few months so you better get use to it!

InVerse 02-25-2011 04:05 AM

What people don't seem to realize is that it's perfectly acceptable for Amish people to ride in regular vehicles, they just can't drive them. One of the largest Amish settlements in the country is fairly close to me. There are people who make a living by driving the Amish around any time they need to make long distance trips. (As in, the 20 miles or so to the closest Walmart.) They certainly do use the horse & buggies for shorter trips, however. I took my girlfriend up there the day after Thanksgiving when they have a big crafts festival and saw several of them in the surrounding area. If it wasn't 30 degrees at the time, we likely would have taken a ride in the 2 they were using to give tours of the town.

As for the subject question, I don't think $5 gas would change my driving habits much at all. The only thing it would do is increase my hatred of the American sugar cartel. If they didn't get such bullshit concessions from the government, we could have sub-$1 ethanol. Instead, we're stuck with corn ethanol which is less efficient, costs more and fucks with our food costs, as well. Meanwhile, South America is using their much higher quality, much cheaper ethanol and laughing at the Northern mongaloids.

Richter X 02-25-2011 04:32 AM

Actually you can blame the corn lobby for that. They lobbied to have heavy sugar tariffs so it's too expensive to import sugar from other countries. Also why most soft drinks in the US still have HFCS in them, whilst south of the border they use sugar.

pipes 02-25-2011 06:56 AM

we could have a fucking utopia if we wanted. but nope

InVerse 02-25-2011 06:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richter X (Post 102504)
Actually you can blame the corn lobby for that. They lobbied to have heavy sugar tariffs so it's too expensive to import sugar from other countries. Also why most soft drinks in the US still have HFCS in them, whilst south of the border they use sugar.

It was the sugar lobby that put the sugar tariffs in place. Corn growers may benefit from it but it was the sugar industry that set themselves up all cushy. Anyone who drinks soda with high fructose corn syrup in it deserves their cancer. Jones Soda for the win.

Reaper man 02-25-2011 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by InVerse (Post 102506)
Jones Soda for the win.

Fuck yeah Jones Soda!!

As for me, I'll be riding my bike.... like I always do.

VT-Vincent 02-25-2011 08:41 PM

To be honest I probably won't change much of anything. Most of my travel is to/from work so that's not really optional. The most I could see changing is maybe going out for lunch less often.

Reaper man 02-25-2011 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VT-Vincent (Post 102515)
The most I could see changing is maybe going out for lunch less often.

Hehe, looks like gas prices rising might do you a bit of good! *pokes your tummy*

Red-XIII 03-09-2011 12:25 AM

I just junked my car and got a minivan about 2 weeks ago. Already 2 trips to the gas station at a cost of almost $120. I'ma put some holes in the floor and Fred Flintstone that bitch down the road. =P


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