When gas was going for about 79 cents a litre, I made the stupid error of telling my dad that I thought it should sit at a buck a litre, and maybe people would stop driving such big gas-guzzlers, and as much.
What I failed to take into account was how much that would affect a man like my dad, driving three times a week for dialysis, on a fixed income. He would no more welcome a twenty-cent hike than he did my granola crunching self-righteousness. I think he told me to go hug a tree, except he didn't say "hug" and he didn't say "tree".
At the risk of revisiting the situation, I would suggest that at current high gasoline prices, I can't help but wonder what would happen to prices if demand were to drop drastically. More specifically, what if most of the 3200 people in the place where I work were to buy homes within walking distance, or on a bus route? Would gas prices be as much of a concern?
Could we become one car families, use less fuel, bring life to downtown neighbourhoods and prosperity back to the inner city?