I just paid $4.29 a gallon for mid-grade gas. Less than six months ago it cost me about $35 to fill my gas tank. Now it costs $60. Do I want my government to tap into strategic oil reserves so as not to stress my household budget during “these tough economic times?” Absolutely not! I want Americans to realize what the Europeans figured out a long time ago — gas IS expensive and there ARE alternatives to two+ cars per family and lifestyles that revolve around driving. This morning I heard a report about a Danish firm working on creating ethanol out of agricultural by-products. I like the sound of that. I had a plan for the US stimulus money that would train unemployed auto industry workers to convert gas engines to run on biofuel not from newly grown corn, but from french fry an other post-consumer oils. Other stimulus money would go to local businesses to be trained to gather and prepare the post-consumer oils for market — establishing an industry standard. Job creation and renewable energy! I figure we’ve got so much fried food that we should keep all that oil from being dumped into the environment and get a second use out of it to fuel our cars as well as our bodies.
No one asked me for ideas though.