As MS-NBC reported yesterday, the average price of gasoline has risen to almost $3.75 a gallon nationwide, hitting a new high in San Francisco (of anywhere between $4.25 and $4.50). In North Carolina, the prices are about the national average, but it is obvious to all and sundry that (at least) a $0.25 cent per gallon increase (in a month no less) is not the direction we need to go to keep the fragile economic recovery going.
It’s also something which is going to cause an existential crises at most government agencies, particularly those which have line items for petroleum expenditure that is required under federal civil rights law. We understand the impetus to “suck it up and take the bus,” but the reality is that for many people that just isn’t possible. Starting, by the way, with everyone who lives in a rural community and going all the way to the state’s busiest cities (Charlotte and Raleigh).
We don’t mean to brag, but we think we have the silver bullet to put the ever-lurking zombies and werewolves of rising gas prices firmly back where they belong. We are hard pressed in fact, to figure out how government services (at least) can resist the siren song of instant and easy savings without any additional service model adaptations (although ours is highly efficient in that regard too).
We take a moment here to pause in reflection about how much things have really changed in America over the last decade. Despite all the bad news that seems to still surround us about the economy if not energy independently, the reality is when both are looked at together, we see silver, if not green linings to all those dark, seemingly everpresent clouds.
We encourage visitors to our site to take a look around at some of our “wonkier” offerings, including of course our tabs on “Green Business Math.” We actually hope that what we are doing is going to provide a cheaper alternative in transportation if not efficiencies of scale in other areas of non-negotiable transportation and energy expenditure costs. That goes for both the public and private sectors.
Tune in on a regular basis to find out what our plans might be as we continue to build up to company launch.
As a final note, we were tempted yesterday to update our price of petroleum as we have denoted it on a tab herein, but we then paused and thought perhaps we should just leave it there to establish a benchmark (if not to allow people to realize yet again what sticker shock at the gas pump means for the long term). This is not your parent’s (1970′s) petroleum shortage. This one is here for good. Perhaps it’s a tad gauche and may seem like gloating for us to constantly bring this up but that is not the intent. The real motive here is to finally wean America off it’s petroleum dependence. We think we have a few (but by far from all) of the answers in helping us get there or at least in beginning to take some of the earliest, easiest baby steps.
- China Oil Demand to Drive US Electric Car Market? (dgriffith401.wordpress.com)
- AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.82 (thenewstribune.com)
- The Price of Gasoline in Pictures (benzinga.com)
- W.H. blamed for pain at pump (politico.com)
- Brace for more pain at the pumps (windsorstar.com)
- Prices at gas pump painful for 4 in 10 Americans (seattletimes.nwsource.com)