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Re: [GreenYes] Fw: How To Drive Down Gas Prices

If the U.S. government would eliminate the subsidies (in all forms) currently given to the oil industry, then gas prices would rise by themselves.  And the "extra $1.50 - $1.75" would remain in the Treasury (or would come into the Treasury, in the case of eliminated tax breaks), hopefully to be put to better use.

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



"Pete Pasterz" <ppasterz@pplant.msu.edu>
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04/15/2002 09:32 AM
Please respond to "Pete Pasterz"

       
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A couple of related questions:

Who gets that extra $1.50 - $1.75??   ExxonMobil?   Will they just spend this windfall to lobby government and to place even more ads to the public to further their crusade that Global Warming is just fiction??

What about the current boycott of ExxonMobil on this issue?   Should it be stopped because a "success" would lead to them lowering their prices, with others following suit per the logic in the original post??

>>> "Wayne Turner" <WAYNET@cityofws.org> 04/15/02 12:13PM >>>
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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