Global Gas. No, I don't mean the intestinal type either. I just read in the NY Times how our local(USA) prices are comparatively low to those of European Countries and such. Last checked, the cost for one gallon of gas in London was near $5.40, Germany around $4.80, and the Netherlands about $6.00.
What I find interesting is these countries have always had extreemly high prices when compared to America. They get a kick out of our hollering and complaining when we face paying in upwards of $2.00 per gallon. Last time I was in Germany I saw lots fo folks riding bicycles and driving cars that were designed to conserve gas. As a matter of fact, it appears Europe has adapted to the expense of transportation in many ways that could be used as good models for the good ole USA to follow. More alternative energy-driven incentives, a better understanding of WHY alternative energy benifits the population - ours and future generations, and actual dedication to using technology to really create ways that reduce polution while preserving energy needs.
It has always amazed me that we, America, have the most advanced capabilites and billions of dollars, yet we can't manage to produce a standard form of transportation that gets better than 40mpg and has plenty of power and modern conveniences....at a price that most people can afford.
Good news is, hyrbid technology is just budding. Car manufactures are experimenting and testing the market with various modles that encorporate more innovative features that save gas, and reduce emmissions. Even if you don't give a flip about the enviroment or what todays pollution means for tomarrow's population, you'll at least understand the meaning of saving a buck or two at the gas pump.
I can't wait to see what the next ten years will bring us in the hybrid car market, and at the gas stations.