Saturday, June 7, 2008

Gas Prices

Everyone seems to be feeling the pain of the increase in gas and food prices. I drove by a gas station today and saw that gas is now $4.19 a gallon. What?!? I never thought I would see the day. When I was living in Seoul, Korea back in 1999, I remember how shocking it was to pay $40 to fill up my little Kia Sephia sedan. My American friends just couldn't understand why gas cost so much there. So, here we are 9 years later, and guess what! It costs an arm and a leg for gas even in the U.S. of A.

Since Kent's field is alternative fuels, we are always talking about using an alt. fuel car or putting panels up to defray energy costs at home. The problem is that all of these things cost MONEY! We would love to have an alt fuel car, but we can't afford to buy one. We'd love to have solar panels on our house, but we can't afford to pay for the installation (even though Kent does have access to free panels.) So...we will have to limp along like the rest of America.

The one positive note for our family is that as gas prices go up, the demand for alternative fuel sources goes up. So...one day, hopefully not too far away, we might be able to afford to actually USE the alternative energy sources my husband designs and tests.

2 comments:

jennie w. said...

I'm just dying to get some solar chargers for batteries and my laptop. Are those very expensive?

Omgirl said...

yes, the one good side of this whole gas thing is that Americans are FINALLY thinking about, and are close to demanding, that the government look seriously into alternate fuel sorces. It really irks me that we have free sun, free wind, and free tides--all of which can produce free energy with little to no environmental footprint--and yet we still use coal and gas and nuclear energy. WHY??? Maybe this will help people think about that and get the courage to stick it to the bad fuel companies.