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Pumped Up? Ten Ways High Gas Prices Are Good for America!

Like any addiction, America will have a hard time kicking its dependency on oil. But despite the withdrawal symptoms, it will be worth it. Time Magazine points out that prices have never risen to levels forcing the sprawling nation to seriously reconsider the car dependent way of life. But the time to change may have arrived.

Painful petrol prices, which probably won't go down anytime soon, could ultimately improve America's quality of life. Well, there are at least 10 things you can like about $4 gas, as featured in this week's Time.

  • Globalized Jobs Return Home — Too expensive to transport
  • Sprawl Stalls — Home buyers looking to move closer to cities
  • Four-Day Workweeks — Energy costs fall along with sick leave
  • Less Pollution — Bluer skies and longer lives
  • To see the rest, including how a smaller bank balance might lead to a smaller waistline,


    • More Frugality — Vespa sales up, SUVs down
    • Fewer Traffic Deaths — $4 gas means 1,000 fewer deaths per month
    • Cheaper Insurance — For the "pleasure driver"
    • Less Traffic — Road travel down 2.1 percent this year
    • More Cops on the Beat — Out of the patrol car
    • Less Obesity — $1 hike could cut obesity by 10 percent
    • Sounds like the market may be doing Americans a favor! Fewer traffic deaths and a four day work week sound like the best "perks" to me. What about you? What do higher gas prices have you looking forward to, if anything?


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True-Song True-Song 8 years
I would love, love, love to get though an hour of any kind of media consumption without hearing about gas prices. I listen to the news in my car, and I have been keeping track: I have not made a trip this month without hearing a story that in some way references them, and I'm typically not in the car more than a half hour at a time. It's usually within a few minutes, and it never stops! It's like that Umbrella song (which I somehow know all the words to even though I don't listen to music on the radio).
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Great idea raciccarone - I'm gonna call PG&E and the water dist. right after the 4th holiday. Dang, I wished I'd thought of that.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
And imagine how much better off we'd be if we got rid of electricity and running water!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
and MMMM biscuits. Now I want a chicken samich on a biscuit. :feedme:
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Chicken sandwich? :rotfl: LORD.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
"the owls are not what they seem" - TWIN PEAKS!!!! I love that pic Amber. We went to Yellowstone last year for our Summer vacation - we absolutely loved it!!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I wouldn't mind the gas prices so much if we had alternative transportation available. I live in a small town with no bus or train service. I hope those California mag-lev trains work out and become a successful example for the rest of the nation.
nv27 nv27 8 years
Glad to see there are some benefits & cabaker is cracking me up.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
:ROTFL: I thought I was the only one. They just have this evil look to them,like they are out to get you or something.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
owls are hella scary! the way they look at you... judging you.... eek! :scared:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"The owls are not what they seem" ... anyone? :nerdboy:
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Yes, that includes Big Bird from Sesame Street.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
He was a cutie in Yellowstone NP, hubby took the pic. And I'm not scary at all - at least I hope not. Big bird lover also.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
For some reason Owls really scare me.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Let's hope so for her sake.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
I don't know if it even came with chips or a drink.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
She musta been pretty hungry.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
:ROTFL: Well is it is bad as a girl having sex for a chicken sandwich.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
We talk over briquettes all the time; especially when BBQing. ;0 Post should of said WOMAN not women but I guess you got my story.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LMAO! *Biscuits, not briquettes...oh lord.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I know Bettyesque when my room mate’s parents were visiting from England we just sat around and talked for hours, over tea & briquettes of course.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Its helps relationships too, instead of going out we are forced to stay home more and OMG ... communicate :rotfl:
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
AHHH Hypno, you're killin' me!!! Hahahahahahaha
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Wow! That gives a whole new meaning to it's gettin hard at the pump.
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