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Re: [GreenYes] Fw: How To Drive Down Gas Prices
Sharon, I have to agree with you.  Let the gas prices reach $3/gallon and then maybe we will begin to reduce our dependence on ALL fossil fuels, whether found domestically or abroad.  It may be troubling and painful initially, but then maybe alternative, cleaner fuels can compete economically with gas.


B. Wayne Turner
City of Winston-Salem
Utilities Division
phone: (336) 727 8418
email: waynet@cityofws.org

>>> <Sharon_Gates@ci.long-beach.ca.us> 04/15/02 11:40AM >>>
After having seen this message 3 or 4 times over the past couple of weeks, 
I have to ask:  Do we really want to drive down gas prices?  Are 
artificially low gas prices in the long-term interest of anyone?  Clearly, 
low gas prices are in the short-term interests of the oil companies, the 
conventional car manufacturers, big driving destinations such as Disney, 
etc.  I believe that what we really want to "drive down" is the cost of 
personal access to our places or work, recreation, education, etc.  We can 
do this in a much more sustainable manner by increasing the availability 
of public transportation, working to create less auto-dependent cities, 
and decreasing the petroleum-dependency of our vehicles (through such 
measures as increased fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, etc.).  Low gas 
prices just make doing the "right thing" harder to sell to those "driven" 
by the bottom line.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California
Phone: 562/570-4694
Fax: 562/570-2861

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