Slumping U.S. dollar, geopolitical crises (such as Nigeria's goings-on today), and fears of slumping supply, blah blah blah.
I'm biking now. I've been pretty lazy about it these past few months, choosing to just be conservative on how much I drive, but without wiping it out of the equation altogether. I reserve the car now for the heavy or large hauls that I can't make on a bike. The end result? The tank of gas I bought 2 days ago will probably last until the end of May, if all goes according to plan. I haven't seen an increase in bicyclists, nor in the number of people waiting for buses (and few people walk around here).
I really feel for all the people being hit hard by this. If I weren't able to bike, I'd really be feeling it in the pocketbook as the buses here are $1.10/ride (not round-trip). That's almost 1/3 a tank of gas, and I don't think that's affordable to the average working class person.
And then there's the whole food price thing. THAT I really feel bad about, because the food banks are going empty
I see gas hitting $4/gallon here by Memorial Day. It jumped $0.20/gallon here this week alone. Prices are worse in DC where my girlfriend lives so I take it she'll be taking the Metro as often as possible (which are those days she doesn't have to take clients for hospital visits). I'll be taking the Amtrak to see her this summer rather than driving anywhere. I think the only two road trips I'll take are to the coast, once, and to take my car home to my folks' in August just before I head to Turkey for the rest of the year.
Here's a PDF list
I had to make for my old job in Michigan on how to save gas (and thereby, money and the planet), for those that drive.
On that note, I just received "The Power of Community
" in the mail yesterday. I'm really eager to watch this, not because I think Cuba is any paragon (I don't), but because it'll be interesting to see the extent to which the small things people are doing around the world (local food, like that which might be near you
, public transportation/biking) make a difference when put to practice in a "Global South" nation for people to meet daily their needs.
When my garden is flourishing, I'll be sure to post some pics. God bless my landlord.
Now back to writing my paper on why I hate corn as a feedstock for ethanol.