Higher Gas Prices Equals Conservation?

This post is about a subject many people can relate to- higher gas prices. Especially those who do not drive a fuel efficient car and spends hundreds of dollars filling up to get to work.

The other day I drove to the North Springs Marta Station to meet my middle songas prices at the pump who was catching the train from the Atlanta airport. We never go directly to the Atlanta airport because the traffic is always heavy and airport parking is expensive.

On the way to the Marta Station I had to navigate Georgia 400 which is known for heavy traffic on a multi lane highway. Driving in my Volvo 240 with the “be green” bumper sticker on the back window I had both hands firmly on the steering wheel. On 400 it starts as a 4 lane highway and lanes are added the closer you get to the Atlanta metro area.

I am known as a mindful driver who never exceeds the speed limit. On this trip I held a steady speed of 60-65 mph. I felt like my car was not even moving because everyone was zipping by me at 75 mph. Oh, the cheap gas makes Georgians feel that they can drive as fast as they want. Conservation is never thought about unless the price of gas rises above 4 dollars a gallon. Does higher gas prices equals conservation?

On ABC News the other night Charlie Gibson had a special called “Addicted to Oil”. He raised an interesting point that gasoline prices do not factor in the hidden costs of production. Such costs include the military (for fighting the gas wars in Iraqi and other places to protect our interests- cheap oil) and global warming.

Maybe such costs will be added in the future to reflect the true cost of a gallon of gasoline. If so, can you imagine how much we would be paying? Maybe 4 to 6 dollars a gallon. I bet those highway 400 drivers would slow down and show that higher gas prices equals conservation. We may also see less sales of large SUV’s and pickup trucks and more sales of electric and hybrids.

Higher gas prices may also mean that you need to take a staycation closer to home. We are not that far from Atlanta but once you get here you feel you are in a different place- nature, cooler temps, lack of traffic. For information on things to do please visit Dahlonega attractions . You can also visit the chamber site.

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