Not really. But I like that prices are finally high enough to cause the average American to rethink his gas-guzzling ways. “We don’t need alternative fuels–our cars can’t use them yet and there aren’t any stations! Just drill for more oil in our own country to keep those prices cheap!” Sound familiar? Drives me insane.
If we don’t give someone the incentive to develop the fuels and plants and stations needed to provide each of us biodiesel, E85, etc, why would anyone do it? Instead we keep giving breaks to big oil, who continue to not make these developments nor increase refinery capacity (I don’t blame them–capitalism works a lot better when you squeeze the dollars out without spending more). Instead, let’s put that money into developing the infrastructure for known alternatives and in discovering/developing viable new ones (hydrogen cell?).
“But it won’t help me today! I wan’t cheaper gas for my 14-mpg SUV!” Obviously oil is not the solution. If you keep doing what you’ve always done you’ll keep getting the results you’ve always gotten. Build us some options so in a few years (and many of us can use these now!) I can fill my car with biodiesel and you can fill yours with E85 and not only will Earth be happier, but we can quit being caught with our pants down in the Middle East.
In the meantime, I post local gas prices daily and benefit from others who do the same. Now I always know which station is cheapest! IndyGasPrices.com