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excellent article...I am worried

What do we go as individuals to change this situation? Are you feeling a crunch personally as the prices for groceries and fuel rise? Do you worry about this?

I wonder where we are headed in the US. Yesterday I was driving and it appears the gas prices have shot up 40 cents in the last week. Today I need to go grocery shopping and I am putting it off. I am not even close to any of the things outlined in this article but I am worried what the future holds. I wonder what I can do to make a difference.

What about you?


Thu. Apr 24, 12:49pm

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I personally feel I have very little control over this, and it would take more time, money, and energy than I am willing to expend to make my voice heard.

So no, I choose not to worry about it. I have to buy gas, I have to buy groceries, and I have not changed my habits to save money in these two areas. Just my opinion. :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 1:09 PM

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I figured that with my car, it's about 15 cents a mile for me to drive and I live less than a mile from work.
I do worry because it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 7:17 PM

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The Economy

Note that this is not a political comment or an Anti-Bush posting but I saw a bumper sticker that literally stopped me cold.. It said "Gas was $1.49 a gallon when Bush 1st went into office.."

I mean, you realize the pain when you fill up at the station but in that context, to see how quickly it has skyrocketed in comparison to inflation, its mind boggling.. And frightening..

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 11:39 PM

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I looked that up on the computer not too long ago and that is correct. And have you heard of which companies this year made the most profits. I don't remember the actual numbers but those companies in the top 3 are oil companies. Doubling the profits of Wal Mart and some other major organizations scary. So why the gas hikes if they are just doing it for profits?

Friday, April 25, 2008, 12:26 PM

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grocery delivery

I feel very good about using a grocery delivery service for a lot of reasons and one of which is definitely the fact that one person delivering everyone's groceries keeps all those cars off the road for that errand! It's like all their client's carpooling to the grocery store!

this is also not nearly as expensive as one might think - if I order over $35 dollars worth of produce the delivery is free! the individual item prices vary and I find some things very expensive and others not ... Having fresh produce arrive on your doorstep each week really promotes healthy eating in our family too! we have salad with dinner daily ...

I think eventually in shopping for things like this, online ordering and delivery will become the norm.

Friday, April 25, 2008, 12:41 PM

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Ah, but that's an example of "post hoc, ergo propter hoc." We're smarter than that now. Could be any number of related or unrelated reasons. One thing I learned during an earlier administration is that international groups are organized enough to create a situation that reflects badly on a president they don't like. I'm not saying that's what's going on; I'm not a huge fan of the current administration. But I prefer to avoid jumping to conclusions, and I don't think a clever bumper sticker carries real authority. So dig deeper and make sure there's something solid; there may be, or there may not.

1:09 pm--I think you represent a lot of America, which is why gas prices continue to go up. America and Europe can't be fairly compared (the historical and geographic reasons are too long for this forum, but consider scale, scope, and historical setting during the time of development). But Americans *could* make some changes. We have, in fact, for only the third time in the history of oil--amazingly, we are actually driving less. Only 2% less. But if you consider that normally our driving increases annually, it tells you something when it goes down even a little. Some Americans are bothering.

I'd love to use a grocery delivery service, but there's nothing available where I live. So instead, as soon as spring really gets here (we had snow last week), I'll be biking again as much as possible. I'm no wild environmentalist, but this is serious enough to get even to me. I actually started biking functionally (as opposed to just recreationally) the day I heard that the EU was considering giving some of its oil stores to the US to help with the Katrina cleanup. That day, that minute, I was sitting in the parking lot of my kids' school, and of the 20 cars there, 3 or 4 were Hummers. And I had seen those Hummers being piloted around town by women, alone, no passengers. I thought, Here it is: the EU is going to send oil stores so that Americans can keep driving exactly as we've been driving, even now.

So I converted an old kiddie carrier into a grocery wagon. This summer, I'm marking off every day I don't start my car. There won't be many; my eldest son has a job 10 miles from home (lifeguard). But it's what I can do.

Gas will go up as long as we keep paying up, and it won't have anything to do with anything but economics. I will say, that earlier administration--as soon as there was a change, gas went down. It was the oil-controlling nations voicing their approval of the change. I don't want to be manipulated by an oil-funded President, but neither do I want to be manipulated by oil-controlling nations. The only way to avoid both is to make oil less important.

Friday, April 25, 2008, 2:13 PM

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PP, I couldn't have said it myself. It really scares me that people aren't willing to be "bothered" to make small changes their lives for global (i.e. drive less -- if you're willing to do more -- switch your hummer for a mini or prius, take public transportation once a week or more if you feel obliged, buy local organic produce, start using reusable grocery). So have your fun and live it up, the ones that will have to pay for it our kids. And it'll come sooner than you think.

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 3:13 AM

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oops, i meant reusable grocery bags

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 3:13 AM

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It might cut back on people buying Starbucks daily, one person owning two cars, and a new cell phone every six months. Do you really think our population will be hurt with these "sacrifices?" The US people are a bunch of spoiled brats..............for the most part.

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 8:09 AM

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2:13 Great post! But I'm not sure the EU was talking about your neighbors' Hummers. When Katrina hit, I lived in an area of NC which was supplied by a pipeline from New Orleans. The price of gas went up $1.30 in one day, and then gas ran out. That Labor Day weekend we bicyclists had the roads mostly to ourselves! There really were some areas where even emergency vehicles might have had a hard time finding fuel.

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 9:06 AM

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