Gas prices are up and are expected to peak this summer at about $3.00 a gallon. In Alaska its already $5.00 a gallon. Some people are quite happy with this and think that Americans have for far too long enjoyed cheap gas. Well perhaps, but here is what is happening right now.
Diesel powered cars and trucks are flying out of the dealers showrooms right now because of their mileage and the low cost of diesel fuel. (we love they way they smell and pollute don't we?)
There are 4 SUV Hybrids right now on the market, and by the 2006 model year (next fall) there will be 11, some just as big as the current all Gasoline SUVs but getting 40+MPH and a lot cheaper to drive. This will make many more SUV owners out of people rather than less. The cost on these models are expected to be about the same as a conventional gas SUV but will save thousands of dollars in Gas over the life of the vehicle.
2 bills are going before the US House and Senate this fall to drill in ANWR. They are designed to force both the democrats and Kerry to show the American driving public where they stand on domestic oil exploration. The last time they voted this bill only lost by 2 votes. With enough pork thrown into these bills, and given the price of gas now, it will likely pass this time.
Charitable contributions have dropped off significantly in the United States since Gas prices have gone up this spring. People who would normally throw an extra $20 into the plate at church, or in the envelope to their favorite charity, have already spent the money at the pump and don't have it to give anymore.
Blood for Oil sounds a lot more palatable to people paying $75 to fill up their vehicles every 4 days than it did a few months ago.
5 States have legislation pending to license and tax bicycles for street use. This is being sold as a way to pay for Bike lanes, but is really a method to make up for lost gas tax revenue from the state's coffers. A flood of new cyclists will surely mean higher prices for bikes, parts, and forced use of BIKE LANES because the inexperienced cyclists demand safer biking conditions.
These are just a few of the current problems that accompany higher gas prices.