The other day, I filled up both my cars with gas on the same morning. They were both at a quarter tank, and it took over $92 to fill them both up. I’ve known for a while that we’ve been spending an astronomical amount of money on gas, but that just brought it home for me. Not good at all.
Not only am I killing my budget with the price of gas, but every dollar I pour into my gas tank literally puts weapons in the hands of terrorists who would love to destroy our entire way of life. So, I’ve had it. The question is, what do we do?
Faith and I had a conversation this morning about how to conserve. Three things come to mind immediately… drive 10mph slower and keep the house 5 degrees warmer in the summer and colder in the winter. We’ve been doing two out of three (missing the turning down the A/C, but need to make that happen too), but I’m shocked at how many people I know that aren’t even thinking about it.
I have to wonder why people don’t seem to be reacting at all to the war and the terrorism crisis we’re facing as a nation. Driving the expressways in Chicago, people pass me like I’m standing still. I’m down from 75 to 65 on the 55-mph-speed-limit roads, and people are whipping by me at 80-90. I wonder if it even crosses their minds to slow down. Set aside the fact that it helps our country. Do they realize they’d save hundreds of dollars a year in gas?
The internal home temp thing is even easier, as long as the thought occurs to people and they’re willing to sacrifice if and when it does. What gets really hard is backing off of vacation plans, not going places we’d normally go, etc. For instance, Faith and I are working on making the (hard for us) sacrifice of only taking one car to church on Sundays. Might not sound like a big deal to others, but challenging to us, because we’re involved in all kinds of different things. This would mean a lot of coordination that we don’t currently have to do — a sacrifice, but not a big one in the grand scheme of things.
I wonder how we as a nation would react if we were suddenly back in the rationing mode we experienced in WWII?
I think part of the reason people don’t react is that this is one of those situations in which it takes everyone making a little difference to affect a large overall change. Always in that mode it’s hard to get people to do their little part, because they all they feel is the sacrifice … very hard to observe the positive overall effect they’re shooting far.
But either way, we as a nation have to do something. And even if we don’t, I will. I can’t handle the cost of the gas, and I can’t handle the thought that I’m funding the Iranian nuclear program, the terrorists in Lebanon, Hugo Chavez’s recent $3 billion Russian weapons purchase, etc. We’ve got to get off the oil, but until we do I’ll be driving slower, hiding in the nice cool basement in summer, and calling everyone to figure out what they can do to help.