After reading Rufus Sanders' column on the gasoline price problem, I would like to say he pretty much hit the nail on the head, except for one thing.
That would be the "no gas day" on May 15. Like probably every other "e-mailer," I got the same letter recently.
While it may sound like sense initially, it has but one flaw. Simply not buying gas on May 15 and continuing to drive everywhere under the sun as we Americans do, will only postpone buying all the more gas to the next day. What's the difference whether you don't buy 22 gallons on the 15th. and then end up buying 28 gallons on the 16th instead? Just not buying gas on a given day won't mean diddly-squat to the oil companies if we still drive the same amount on that day. What WILL matter is if we were to not drive at all on the 15th or any other single day for that matter, thereby drastically reducing the country's demand for fuel.
It's too bad this country's not hurting enough yet with the high prices to actually see this happen. Who knows, it might even result in some quality family time again, or even old-fashioned block parties if everybody stayed home one day a month. And remember the 1970s when you could hardly find a gas station open? We all survived the "reduction" in driving, didn't we?
We need to try not driving instead, then watch the price of gas drop as the supply increases dramatically. Funny thing is, currently even though the price goes up due to high demand and allegedly low supplies, they never seem to run short of enough fuel to meet this high demand do they? Which is why the oil companies sure don't run short on profit. And we keep driving, and driving.