Thursday, September 29

Fuel Prices

OK so I’m spewing that I didn’t bother to fill up yesterday when I saw the 1st petrol station I passed selling unleaded for $1.22 per litre and then 1 hour later everywhere I passed was selling for $1.34 including the 1st one I’d seen.

But this whole debate about the price of petrol and being ripped off by the oil companies and being ripped off by the petrol stations themselves etc etc is annoying because we’re refusing to see the bigger picture.

1.     We all want to reap the “benefits” of capitalism by leading the lives we’re living, so who are we to be annoyed at capitalism in process.

2.     The oil companies have been ripping us off for years, ditto petrol stations, ditto our governments with taxes on petrol, ditto the deals our governments make with all the oil rich nations, including turning a blind eye to human rights’ abuses in those countries.

3.     If our governments really cared about our hip pockets they’d invest huge amounts of money and intellectual resources into finding a real solution to stopping using fossil fuels to making it mandatory to use renewable fuels.

4.     If we don’t want to change anything about the way we’re living e.g. drive less, or better take public transport, turn off every power point in your house when not in use, buy local everything, take fewer plane trips, give up a lot of the pleasures of household living we take for granted, use man power instead of machine power (take note big manufacturers) – I could go on and on and on.

I’m raving and may not be making sense, so basically what I want to say is this:

We’ve all been living on borrowed time from the minute our forefathers started the Industrial Revolution. Since that time we in the west have significantally benefitted from a ridiculous increase in the quality of life. The developing and 3rd world countries weren’t as lucky of course. Using fossil fuels had to have a time limit. Supplies are apparently at today’s rate of use going to run out by 2040. Around the same time we’ll have stuffed up the earth with global warming. We should be using this opportunity of feeling the pinch to our personal financial situations positively rather than whinging the whole time. We should be demanding our government take action. Think long term not short term. We are faced with huge problems right now and our governments are being all hush hush about it and actually trying to make us feel more scared about terrorism. Are they trying to divert our attention? We as humans living on planet earth need to step up and be accountable right now because if we don’t we are going to be living in an energy economy – and then things will become so desperate and so bleak and we’ll have no time to change a thing.





Blogger kath red said...

this is a big issue in our house too. we were recently given a second car by my parents and the only reason we took it was because it supposedly uses less fuel than our diesel 4wd. i feel decadent with 2 cars now but the convenience is seductive. however rob has now decided to make bio diesel - so watch out for that project soon.

5:28 pm  
Anonymous kimbofo said...

We are a no car household - although at one stage we had two cars and two motorbikes!! We now have just one motorbike. Since giving up the lure of petrol we have saved a fortune on fuel (you think $1.22 is expensive, it's about that price in ££ here which would make a litre of petrol cost around $2.80!!!!), vehicle insurance, parking permits and the constant worry about whether anything's going to get stolen/damaged while parked on the street.

I must say I really liked this post - it summed up exactly what I've been banging on about for, oh, something like 17 years!!! (I majored in environmental planning - not that I ever used the degree in a professional capacity)

6:14 pm  
Blogger dani said...

Feeling like the full hippocrate guys, I need to tell you that even though I know some of the things that should be done to help things out, our household is BAD and lives excessively. We have 2 cars, they're small and efficient but a car each - BAD. And we take lots of planes. REALLY BAD. And I've been feeling like this for a long time and don't get up and scream about it enough by making demands on our government and act passively and I'm not proud of it.

Guys, really nice to know you're interested in this sort of thing.

9:01 pm  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

I need this kind of reminder every once in awhile. It's so easy to live in the moment and not think about how my choices in this moment will impact the future. I too am guilty of not always doing my part...of enjoying the benefits of capitalism yet not taking the responsibility for the freedoms and benefits capitalism gives me.

4:25 am  
Blogger shellyC said...

A letter to the editor in the Canberra Times the other day was on the lines of .....more people walking, taking buses, driving more economically, being more environmentally aware...."I can't wait for petrol to hit $2.00 a litre." I have to agree! If this is what it takes for the majority to finally become aware of our environment and what we have been doing it..... then so be it.

Thanks Dani for your great posts.

7:25 pm  

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