Stop your whining

As gas prices continue to soar, commuters will continue to bicker and whine. It’s kind of obvious that gas prices aren’t high enough since people are still driving when prices are supposedly too expensive. I drive when I can walk but I’m not complaining that the price of gas is up. I simply make an observation about the price and note it down. There’s no point in complaining about it because the gas companies aren’t going to do anything. It’s the commuters that will have to make a stand if they don’t want to pay.

In my opinion, driving around is a luxury but at the same time, it’s also a necessity. If you need a car to get you from point A to point B, that’s a luxury. If you need a car because it transport not only yourself but also your tools, that’s a necessity. If the thing that you’re doing has an alternative to driving, it’s a luxury for you to drive. But nothing is black and white here. It’s all in the gray area. You can argue that one thing is a luxury but someone else will argue that it’s a necessity. It all depends on where you stand. For me, it’s not always necessary to drive to place and I can easily walk or take the bus.

At the moment, the price of gas has jumped to $127.3 which is the highest that I’ve ever seen it. There’s a good chance that the price will continue to climb as we get closer to summer, there’s no doubt about it. I’ve come to the conclusion that whining or complaining about the price of gas will do nothing to lower it. For me, price is getting pretty expensive and I can’t keep wasting my money at the pump. The only thing for me to do is to stop driving and start walking.

There was an email that was circulating the internet informing people of how to get the gas companies to lower their price. It said something like, don’t go to the major gas station like Petro Canada or Esso but instead go to the smaller gas stations. Obviously that’s not going to work. The smaller gas station cannot handle the amount of demands there are for gas. I think that people go to certain gas stations for convenience rather than price. If Esso has gas for $1.20 and a smaller station has gas for $1.18 but is located a little further down the road, there’s a chance that the Esso station will get the business.

At the moment, I don’t think that the price of gas is expensive enough because if it was, people wouldn’t be paying for it. There’s a certain price that people are willing to pay for something but that price for gas hasn’t been reached yet. People who drive gas guzzling vehicles don’t’ care how high the price of gas is since they can afford it. And people who can’t afford it will have to make do with what they’ve got. The government isn’t going to help with lowering the prices. We have oil fields in Alberta that gets sent to the US to be refined which the US sells back to us. Why not get rid of the middle man and build a refinery in Alberta and avoid extra costs.

A coworker of mine was in Egypt for vacation and he told me that gas prices were as low as $0.25/L. It’s so low over there that drivers don’t even bother to turn off their cars when they stop to get out. Leaving the car on rather than turning it off and then on again is better for the car anyway.

There are projections that the price of gas can go as high as $1.50/L. When that time comes and people are still driving around, that tells me that they’re will to pay even more for gas. So in the end, nobody has the right to complain about gas if they’re not willing to do anything about it. And people who are doing something about it, have no need to complain at all.

3 thoughts on “Stop your whining

  1. Completely right; the only thing we can do is conserve and attempt to direct our government to invest in cheap renewables (think cheap panels on every house).
    Side note for egypt: they are a country that subsidizes local gas supply in an attempt to stimulate local economic growth… it pisses the americans right off.

  2. whoops. just googled. egypt is in the middle of cutting subsidies… they’ll apparently be paying the same as us soon.

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