How quickly we forget!
Just five months ago, America was pulling its collective hair out because gasoline hit $4 per gallon and more. It was enough of a shock that people actually began to think about techniques to maximize miles per gallon.
But the price of gasoline began to decline. People became lax in their efforts to conserve, to the point that folks have now gone back to their previous wasteful habits.
I drive an old VW Beetle. It was getting about 26 mpg last spring. As the price of gas began to inch up, I took corrective actions. I put new points and plugs in it. I tuned it up. I cut back the number of trips I made by consolidating chores. I began to drive 55 mph on the freeway. I was very conscious of jack-rabbit starts and my braking techniques. All of this resulted in a gas savings of four to five mpg.
We could stick our finger in the Middle East’s eye by returning immediately to consumption consciousness.
Timothy Earl Osburn