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getting around, food, and energy prices.

Had enough yet?
I passed a fuel station today. $3.65 per gallon of regular gasoline was on the sign. Does this give rise of concern, about how well things would function at say, $5.00 per? What about $10? What will happen to the suburban dream? What about green vegetables in the middle of January? Have you just acted like it will just go back to normal in a few months? Perhaps you've just put it out of your mind, and may just skip a few meals out this week.

Are you hoping for the miracle car? Hydrogen? Electric? Biodiesel? Perhaps then you'll make a change?

The sign made me wonder, what would we do when it becomes more expensive than is tenable. Do we move? Do we become ill-fated survivalist that stockpile weapons to use on our fellow man? Do we shun our humanity, and become animals, taking from one another? It's honestly a sad state of affairs.

What happens when shipments of cheap goods from china aren't worth the bunker oil to ship them? What happens when grain surpluses aren't shipped to countries that rely on cheap food from us?

I often wonder, will our American Century come to a close with a powerful change, or just the sound of the wind. Are we dancing blindfolded at the precipice? How long, until the willingness to adapt to a new paradigm is understood?

I believe a tipping point has since occurred. The powers that be, in corporate america, are intent on milking every nickel of wealth from us, at ANY cost. That means ratcheting up fuel prices, while creating astroturf organizations against sustainable transportation.

What is sustainable transportation? It's a big question, and it has many facets. From my research, environmental sustainability, and economic sustainability are actually very interrelated.

If something is not sustainable, in an environmental way, often that means it cannot continue to be sustainable economically either. If you sell something that is in limited quantities, it most likely isn't a good long-term business plan either.

Well, petroleum is not, and never has been a sustainable business plan. It was never intended to be. It's a plan to extract as much wealth as possible, as long as possible. Once supplies get low enough, there is a mad push to both encourage the use of, and maximize the profit from.

There are four types of transportation that are sustainable, over the long-term. The most sustainable, is quite simply, Shoes. Shoes can be made anywhere, out of just about any local components. The second, is bicycles. Bicycles can be made locally, from recyclable materials. Most can be maintained by the owners, and are financially effective. The last land-based transportation option, is electric rail. The fourth, is by water, with sail power.

First, they create a series of astroturf organizations to oppose electric rail. Electric rail, is insurance against petroleum scarcity, or prices. Invest in electric rail, and that will preserve neighborhoods, in the event of scarcity.

They will decry bicycle infrastructure, as 'taking away peoples freedoms'. Even though, bicycle infrastructure is about returning freedom. Sail power, is being investigated to augment diesel on ships, with a type of kite.

I guess the question really is, do you have a plan, for fuel at $5.00 a gallon?