Thursday, March 13, 2008

Insanity at the Pump!!

It's a very good thing my Jetta TDI gets 40+ MPG or this would really hurt where it counts. Fortunately, we don't have to fill up the gas tank very often, so when I traveled home a different way from daycare yesterday and drove past this local gas station, I was shocked to see the price posted for diesel fuel!

This is Bad (capital B), and I feel worse for those of you with long commutes or who make a living off of travel. Isn't it long past time our country makes some real, solid long-term plans to cut our dependence on foreign energy? I don't want Lukas growing up in a world fighting over ever dwindling supplies. We really need to buckle down and break our nationwide addiction to oil, especially so our children and grandchildren don't have to live with this legacy.
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I know the current presidential candidates, especially Barak Obama, have proposed great ideas and plans to move in the direction of alternate energy sources. Even if only some come to pass, it would be a welcome move in the right direction. So, I am excited to get a new administration into place. One which will hopefully look at our energy issues and find new solutions for our future generations, instead of being short-sighted and creating more tense and serious global problems and issues. (Something that has been happening in spades over the last several years). _

All that being said, November (and Jan 20, 2009) can't come soon enough as far as I'm concerned!

2 comments:

Tyler said...

I'm looking forward to a change in administration as well. It may not fix the high gas prices right away, but it can't hurt.

We just bought an '08 Accord (4 cylinder) and it gets awesome gas mileage. My wife drives the Cherokee since we live about 5 minutes from her work.

I drive the Accord since I take & pick up Olivia everyday from daycare. I also work about 15 minutes from the house. I couldn't imagine having any longer of a commute.

It was good to learn more about you from your interview on Discovering Dad.

--Tyler (BuildingCamelot.com)

James Austin said...

Looking forward to reading your interview next week.

Yes, a change in administration will be good - not just for the possibility of lower gas prices.

My wife drives the Jetta TDI - she often travels for work and needs the good mileage. I take and pick up the Lukster from daycare, so I get the easier car for carseats - a basic CRV. Mileage o.k., but not as cool as the Jetta (which takes biodiesel).