This is a good question. It is stated better than many other people who ask "Oh Mi God, what is it now?"
On the political level, there is a campaign right now for President. At every debate where people can ask questions, we need to be asking about issues that are important to us. One is not that the gasoline prices are rising sharply, but the nation's dependency on foreign oil which in turn has problems: our involvement in Middle East conflicts; the world's oil supplies may be running out.
Another national political issue is that oil is available from the ocean floor all over the place, but we have banned off shore oil rigs along east & west coasts of America, limiting to Gulf of Mexico which can be hazardous to our oil health in hurricane season. There needs to be a national debate as to the wisdom of not allowing oil drilling off east and west coasts of America.
Is there appropriate funding for finding solutions to the nuclear waste from power plants, or developing fusion power, which in theory has no nuclear waste?
There's also local politics. Did you know that there are alternatives to gasoline and diesel (like 18 wheelers use) for fueling vehicles? Some of these alternatives make sense for fleets of city busses, city vehicles like fire, police, ambulance. If your city has not already looked into this, maybe it is time someone suggested it.
Check out Yahoo Answers category on tje ENVIRONMENT ... there's stuff in there about alternative energy vehicles.
There's also company vehicles. This is where different employees may borrow a car or pickup that belongs to the company. Now with our personal car, we get regular oil changes, tune-ups etc. but who is taking care of that for the company vehicle? Is it getting proper maintenance, or has it turned into a gas guzzler & no one paying attention?
There are trade-offs between fuel consumption, and added pollution, and wear & tear on car parts, from frequently turning off and restarting our engines. Suppose you are in a traffic jam & it looks like the traffic won't be moving for a certain length of time ... does it make sense to turn off your engine while waiting? Perhaps this should be a separate question in Yahoo Answers in a different Category such as Cars & Transportation, or Science & the Environment.
Look at how the nation has developed ... with the Interstate Highway system ... we all love the freedom, get in our car & go anywhere. Is there any way that infrastructure can be evolved economically, without seriously impairing our freedoms?
Example, where interstates between cities have a large ribbon of grass in between opposite direction traffic, install a rail line, where we can drive our cars on board, then ride in passenger section. This way if we doing a trip of hundreds of miles, we arrive at destination city with our personal car, but the rail line used electricity from hydro-electric or other alternative energy, and our trip was much more restful.
We live on a planet with non-renewable energy sources that we are using up, while sunlight streams past our planet, going to waste. Can't some of that solar energy be captured out in space, and redirected to Earth in a safe way? This requires sustained support for NASA or whatever agency will install it, then protect it from terrorists. They won't go up there, they will attack the infrastructure on earth that controls the technology.
Many people have already taken economy measures, and have nothing new to try.
New cars are out that get vastly superior miles per gallon. Can we afford to switch?
Bicycles don't use any gasoline. Is it safe and practical where we are to switch to this for some travel?
If we have a bunch of errands, can we plan our trip to minimize the distance traveled?
Are any of us in a situation where car-pooling is practical, that we are not already doing.
If there is a shortage, then all of us filling our tanks & driving around with semi-full, that we won't need for a few days, helps lower supply at gas pumps. If we were to only fill 1/2 our tank, refill more often, then more not yet sold, less of a shortage, lower prices. This notion depends on the theory that there is a shortage & many people buy into it.
I have answered variations on this question before with somewhat different focus. Check out:
I got best answer (out of 9) here: I tried to explain OTHER stuff than normal supply & demand
* international situation that is driving gas prices up
* future's market impact on gas pricing
* artificial bottlenecks
· 1 decade ago