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I tend to use my wife's car for some trips that I would prefer to drive my truck but 20mpg vs 30+ is logical.
There’s also been a rash of articles on alternative travel, including bikes, train ridership going up, carpooling; realistically these articles are generally by people living in densely populated areas with good public transportation.

Cutting back to just one car, riding bikes, walking, buying electric cars, carpooling, and taking the bus, train and light rail make sense in some areas but again they are not always viable solutions for other areas. If you do not already have train or light rail options available to you they are 5 to 20 years away in most areas. Historically in this country public transportation has to be heavily subsidized to exist. If they had to be self sustaining you could not afford to ride them.

Additionally with the exception of the top 100 to 200 metro areas, most of the communities in the USA are spread out. A 10-15 minute drive to the local mall is a 3 hour trip by bus. If that is the only way you can get there then it is a good deal but........

regarding London UK I would guess that the daily tax on people driving into London probably has a greater impact on decision making than the price of petrol which has always been much higher in Europe than here.

Bob Podgorski

Staff positions should be allocated a day every-other week off work with a rotation of days off so that an office is never closed nor unstaffed during a scheduled teaching semester. This will allow staff one day every two weeks not to have to travel to work. However, during their regular nine days, they need to make up the hours taken for the one day off. If every employer went on a nine 80 or nine 75 hour work schedule, this country would save the equivalent of millions of dollars in gasoline use.


I have shared a carpool with 5 people for the last five years to a university job 70 miles from home. This takes a major lifestyle adjustment because you compromise some independence. But the commute is more interesting, less expensive and less taxing in the long run. Some days when the carpool doesn't jibe with a longer work day I ride a commuter bus and soon there will be a train option. I find it good to challenge myself to step outside my usual course of action periodically. We can't ignore our responsibility to take care of ourselves, each other and the environment.


I just traded in my gas guzzling SUV for a smaller more efficient car. I've only had it one week and already saved $40 at the pump-filling a smaller tank and only once per week! The savings in gas alone will pay for most of the car payment.
Unfortunately I have a long commute and my employer currently does not allow telecommuting. I put in a detailed proposal and it's being "considered" though they're worried about legalities and the potential for problems with other employees. (insert guy rolling eyes here). I really hope that the cost of gas will wake everyone up to alternative work options.


We've been hearing our nation's leaders talk about breaking our dependency on oil for more than 30 years. This spike in gas prices will produce the usual 30 second sound bites and unfortunately nothing else.

I have to contradict what another commentor has said, big oil actually invests billions of dollars into alternative fuels. They understand the nature of finite resources and are planning accordingly. It is all about making shareholders (me) happy. Ironically, it will be big oil that will lead the way to alternative energy usage. Look at what BP is doing with hydrogen in Iceland as an example.

David Reilly

For several years I have been giving $40.00 Grocery Gift Card away each month for attendance incentive. Starting in the Fall I intend to follow suit with the Motel Chains and have a gas card drawing each month ($20.) each month

Richard Widdicombe

My wife and I are retired, we have two cars and we live in a suburb of Utica NY.
One reason we chose Utica was because of the ideas of Nine Shift and its location on a main interstate and train line.

However, we are still driving both cars and have not yet cut back (they are Toyotas and get good mileage). Our country house is 60 miles North of our residence. As summer progresses, we will certainly limit driving. But, for us, $4 is still not a killer.


Woo-hoo! Maybe people will wake up.

Terry Newman

I'm not happy about the $4+ per gallon but my job requires me to meet with clients in our college district so I need to drive. Our public transportation in our semi-rural environment is poor. I've taken the back seats out of my car to reduce the weight, gotten a tune up, keep my tires filled correctly but don't know what else I can do. There are many farm workers who must drive from job to job and they must really be hurting financially. With record profits, I don't know how the big oil companies can say they are just passing the cost along. And with their profits they aren't reinvesting or looking for alternative fuels. Its very discouraging.

Heather Dimitt

For those of us living in communities that won't support public transportation, $4 a gallon gas is a nightmare. Not to mention if your family farms, it's going to make producing our nation's food even less profitable.

Kit Opie

This is the ad on the back of the Oxford Tube (coaches) that run between Oxford and London UK: "I first used the Tube when my Lexus went in for a service...I am sure I will pick up the Lexus sometime, but it doesn't have WiFi."

Stephen Downes

I won't even notice; I don't buy gas.

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