OK, this is a sentences I’ve just heard Mr W. Bush say on CNN: “America is addicted to oil”. (in the CNN program ‘We were warned - Tomorrow’s Oil Crisis’).
Now, We all know what he means by that and he is certainly right. Some US security official say that America’s addiction is a thread to the national security. I know there are lot of controversial aspects around this topic and I’d like to add some of my observations.
In Europe the fuel prices have also risen quite sharply again and many Germans (and other Europeans) are complaining that they don’t know if they will be able to afford filling up as often as they used to. I agree that high petrol prices are unpleasant for any car owner. But then again, maybe the gas prices are still too low? No kidding. Just think about it: How many seats has an average car? Five.
I see more and more Germans drive vans or min vans like the VW Touran (a very popular car in Germany) - most of those cars have even more than 7 seats. Now, how many of those seats are occupied most of the time? One. Why is that? Why can we not think of ways to reduce fuel consumption and use our resources more wisely? As for me, I have put more than a quarter million of kilometres on my car because of my job. Being mobile is a good thing but why not use new technologies like the Internet to work more effectively? Take our forum. We can communicate, share ideas, collaborate on projects, learn new things, crack jokes and have a chat without having to waste petrol or gas and spend hours in our cars alone.
So maybe it’s good if the petrol prices rise even higher? Perhaps this could make us draw upon our creative resources to come up with better solutions?
Please, let me know what you think.
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