It's A Gas

Henry Ford demonstrating the durability of soy plasticsChicago gas prices are up to $2.05 a gallon. This isn't high enough. I want to pay $20 a gallon for gasoline! I hope our gas prices go through the roof! Goddman I hope there is a shortage! This would be the best thing to happen to our country. Why? Because, innovation would have to follow.

Innovation which already happens to be sitting idly on stand by. Innovation which has been there but remains poorly executed in a commercial fashion.

To most Americans, change is a very, very, scary thing. Yes, change never comes easy. But what if gas prices were to excite and accelerate change in transportation? Electric hybrids would become the standard. Our rail system would be upgraded and run effectively. The environment might benefit and you might get some much needed exercise by riding your bicycle (a far more practical, cost effective, and beneficial invention then Mr. Kamen's Segway). Imagine how cool it would be if everyone road bikes to work?

Don't you think it is time we started demanding viable alternatives to move us from point A to B. It has been a long time since our country has innovated significant positive global change. What the hell are all the smarties doing at Princeton and Harvard....making bombs? Henry Ford, though politically flawed, was a pioneer and an innovator. What is his bloodline doing? Perfecting large costly gas guzzling SUVs for people who have never towed, camped, four wheeled, or gone roughing it their entire life. Also, Ford is working on a bullet proof Lincoln. Why do we constantly create things we don't need? We need positive change.

So here is to OPEC, let them keep chumping us for change!

Posted by Monkeyspit at April 16, 2004 9:56 AM


It was difficult not to make any fart jokes writing this entry. Also, I am afeard I might be one of those goddamn hippies you hear about from the 60s. Peace man. Make love not war. Bike don't drive. Yep, I fit right in...shit.

Posted by: Monkeyspit at April 16, 2004 10:39 AM

I haven't read the rest of the missive, but in response to the first paragraph, Bill Clinton, has been saying that since his presidency.

I'm Canadian and Ojibaway, and the exploration on our lands brings revenue, but, still there's no innovation to transportation...this I believe will come soon and we'll not have to depend on the oil/gasoline of old technology...

Posted by: drew at April 17, 2004 2:58 AM

I agree with the feeling at the heart of this piece. What are all of our innovators doing? If people are half as smart as they tell me they are, then why do we still live this way? Think about it, this is 2004 and we are still pumping prehistoric ooze into our gas tanks! That fuel has not changed since at least the late 1800's. Talk about things being outdated!

Posted by: Saturn at April 22, 2004 8:42 AM
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