Why not? The word is out that gas prices have already gone up and will go up further — without the usual reasons — except that they just do. Wait — is Spring Break next week? No, that can’t be it. It must be because there is conflict in Nigeria. Or a gas tanker truck wrecking in Houston. That sounds about as plausable as any other reason. However, the oil industry is quite honest on the local news — consumption is down — so the capitalists in them says, “raise the price!” That’s fine by me. If they push the price of fuel too high, people will buy more fuel efficient cars, take public transportation and buy less gas. They can keep raising prices thinking that the public will just take it, but after 2008, I don’t think their plan will work much anymore. It will affect the borderline poor the most, the people who need to drive a lot for work, but don’t make much. It won’t affect Michael Berry or the other people who raked in the dough during the Republican primary. (Do republican donors know — especially the small dollar ones, and even the TEA Party people — realize that they just made Michael Berry very wealthy these past few months?)
My solution to the higher gas prices is to drive less and chain errands. (Except for yesterday — I had an excuse.) When the METRO train has a stop a few yards from my house — which the latest media push has not stopped — despite Michael Berry’s best efforts — I will take the train. It will be like I’m back in Riga.