yes, it probably would, in the short term. But we're going to have to bite the bullet sooner or later on this. We had an opportunity to ensure a practically painless transition, as science for years has had the technology to replace oil as our standard energy source. But we were too consumed with our $1 per gallon gas and gas-guzzling cars to notice. Even at $3 a gallon, people may try to drive less, but really they're still just shrugging their shoulders and paying it. Gas at $6-$7 per gallon would certainly perk up some ears. Perhaps people would turn to public transportation, or car pooling, or working more from home. Perhaps people won't be so apt to buy their new house 30 miles away from where they will be working. And perhaps it will cause such an outcry that the government and auto manufacturers will be FORCED to provide alternative-fuel source transportation.Originally Posted by TeamCasey
Is that scenario likely to happen? Not abruptly, no. But until people truly feel a pinch in their pocketbooks, it's goign to be difficult to rally widespread support for alternative sources of fuel, regardless of their benefits.