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Might we share some blame for prices at the pump?

by Angeline Booher / June 4, 2008 8:32 AM PDT

I ran across this and found it to be worth while. I think it makes some valid points.



One of my favorite newspaper comic strips as a child was the Katzenjammer Kids, about two mischievous boys who were always getting caught red-handed and spanked.

The final frame of the cartoon often showed a wily kid named Rollo, who would point to the wailing Katzenjammers and explain to their tutor, "They brought it on themselves, Miss Twiddle!"



Today, with gasoline prices climbing past $4 a gallon, and diesel near $5, I am reminded of the Katzenjammers. As Rollo might say, "We brought it on ourselves, Uncle Sam!"



More than 30 years have passed since the first "energy crisis" pummeled the American economy. It hurt. People lost jobs. Prices for gasoline went way up, people waited in long lines to refuel, and some service stations even ran dry.

What have Americans done since? Not nearly enough. And that explains some of our current distress.

When the first crisis struck in the 1970s, Congress, the White House, and the Big Three automakers all initially responded. Cars were downsized. Engines were made smaller and more efficient. Highway speed limits were cut to 55 miles per hour. Tough, new gas mileage requirements were imposed.




http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/Story?id=4951169&page=1



The story has 3 pages.

Angeline
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by dinox64 / June 4, 2008 10:46 AM PDT

GM plans on shuttering 4 plants that make their large truck lines including the Hummer, and designing smaller cars. They don't see gas ever coming back down to justifable costs to keep people buying their large trucks and suv's. They plan on redesigning and creating new lines in the midsize arena.

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by Mac McMullen / June 4, 2008 11:32 AM PDT
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by Willy / June 5, 2008 12:34 AM PDT

Thew ole USA has been the powerhouse of the world and thus uses alot of energy. From one country many inventions and ideas came about and provided it free or at least for some reasonable cost to the rest of the world. Its a haven for the rest of the world to flock to and still does. We have some of the best roads and that's everywhere not just some "autobahn" or showcase single road, etc.. You get the idea. It takes crisis to make good some new ideas become practical and/or optionable. Bring back nuclear energy and keep its nose clean. Make railroads a real people carrier again w/o the crap that seems that cargo carriers push people aside. In other words make railroads as important as they were long ago.

I remember a Russian immigrant asking me where to get permission to travel about. You don't need none other than simple travel or if moving acknowledge your new address to govt.. Gas is higher because everyone everywhere on the planet uses it. Developing countries uses it less but no though when added to others causes stress on the pipeline. It's not perfect but what else have we got. -----Willy Happy

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