Americans have no choice but to pay the higher price because the federal government is stone walling a domestic energy policy.
Deana from Huffman, Texas, put it best: “I go to work to make money to pay for the gas just to get to work”.
It’s a vicious cycle.
When the President took office, gasoline cost $1.96. Now it’s almost $4 a gallon. Spring breakers in Disney World can expect to pay nearly $6 a gallon to fill up their individual cars.” He added: The President’s energy policy is nothing from below —nothing from below the ground, nothing from below the sea. We’re the only Nation in the world that places most of our offshore territory off limits to oil and gas exploration. Meanwhile, the government continues to subsidize failed green energy projects. We should be saying yes to all types of American energy: Yes to more offshore drilling; yes to ANWR; yes to faster approval of permits; and yes to the Keystone XL pipeline. Let’s make gasoline affordable for all Americans”, said Congressman Poe
Everything we need to survive will go up in price as a direct result of high gas prices. This will includes our food supply, which depends on huge amounts of “diesel gas” to fuel tractors, as well as fuel to haul our bread, canned goods and fruit all over the country.
Travel will obviously be more expensive, and the prices of all the goods and services we use daily will go up as well.
THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW
Buy food in bulk!
Buying food in bulk is a great way to save money, especially if prices for gas do start to consistently go up.
“Food prices are estimated to keep rising for several reasons”, says Guy Derr of Charlotte, N.C. “For instance, emerging markets like India and China are growing in wealth and this means they’re consuming more food”, he said.
CBS Moneywatch predicts that grain prices could rise 15%-40% per year over higher demand. It will be the same for dairy, which is expected to go up 16%-45% this year alone.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Walk, Take Public Transportation or Ride Your Bike!
If you don’t have a bike, invest in one – you will save money in the long run.
You can get a bike for cheap on Craigslist, or even for free on Freecycle.
“If you live fairly close to the grocery store, attach a trailer behind your bike to more easily carry your groceries home”, says Andy Smith of Charlotte.
The bike trailer many families use to cart their kids around in can be had for song if you buy it used online (again, check Freecycle) and they work great for hauling groceries. If you live a long way from a grocery store, drive half way with your bike, park your car, and then bike the rest of the way. This will reduce your gas use by 50% for every trip.
You can even ride your bike to work.
If biking isn’t an option, use your city’s public transportation (traveling by bus or train) to take you where you need to go.
“Granted, fares will likely be more expensive as gas prices go up, but it will still be a hell of a lot cheaper than driving your car”, says Tom Inhoff of Charlotte.
BUY A SMALLER CAR
New cars are slowly increasing their miles per gallon and fuel economy. If you’re thinking about buying a car, invest in one with the most fuel efficiency standard.
“You could also trade your gas guzzler in for a nice little used car, or even go down to a one car family to save money”, says Diana Skippy Thompson of Charlotte. “The amount of money you can save with a more fuel efficient car or by getting rid of extra cars can save you money”, she said.
CONSOLIDATE YOUR MANY SHORT TRIPS INTO ONE
Consolidate your many trips into one trip. Instead of going to the store twice a week, go once. Combine that on the night your family likes to go out to eat – do that before you go to the store so you do not buy food items compulsively…make it family night.
“The only real way to combat the higher gas prices is to drive less and squeeze more miles out of each gallon. If you can do that you can try and reduce the amount of money you give up to the greedy gas companies and middle east nations who have us all under their thumbs right now”, says Ian Owens of Charlotte, a environmental activist.
CARPOOL WITH OTHERS
“Carpooling “ is another means to save money on gas. This by sharing the cost of gas among other people…
“Carpooling – It’s a great way to bond and socialize with people. It also help us realize we are all in this situation together”, says Andy Vincent of Charlotte. “We going to have to deal with this until our elected officials get off their butts and allow people to take advantage of the resources we have here in this country”, he said.
These are just a few suggestions that we can do to avoid getting squeezed by higher gas prices.