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From the Midway: Gas prices getting you down?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

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Uh… $3.50 that was the cost of a gallon gas as of Wednesday, right here in Cherokee.

So are the good old days gone? You know when you could fill up for less than Andrew Jackson?

Yep.

But rest assured the oil companies are doing fine. Just recently they announced record profits. They are doing their best to produce what they can with all the excuses that any major company has to work with.

We don't have enough refineries. We don't have qualified workers. They won't let us drill in national parks. Our chief financial officer lied to us. There was a flood. You get the drill.

How far can they raise prices before we have another Boston Tea Party?

So, what can we do to curb the high price of gas?

Well there is always a bicycle, but if you're like me and have a daily commute of more than 10 miles, that option is off the table. Public transportation can't help us here in Iowa, the subway not quite built yet.

How about one of those new cars that get more than 60 miles per gallon? Oh… I'm sorry, that's just a dream.

Well, the ethanol boom is just right around the corner and that will help us. Just like all the windmills that have popped up in the last 10 years. I don't know about you but that really helped with my energy bills, go up that is. Just imagine the price we would be paying if they weren't around?

Solar power. Well, I just don't think a solar power car will start when it's 20 degrees below zero.

Now I know that I'm not saying anything new. The point is there is a solution to this problem, besides sending 150,000 troops in to an oil-rich country. Supply and demand has been the problem and the answer.

Just think about it. If you fill your car's 20-gallon tank all the way to full and keep it full on a regular basis you have a higher demand. If you just put enough gas in the tank to get where you need to go, say five gallons at a time, that's 15 gallons that is sitting at the gas station and not in your car.

It's the old saying of take what you need not what you want. This would send the demand for gas down and in theory the price. That is only if we're playing a fair game.

The other solution may be to call your congressman or senator to see what they are doing about this problem. Or start to buy some oats, because buying a horse is looking like the way to go.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway