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DerekS

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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2012 8:46:30 PM

In Canada, gas is roughly $5/gallon. They drive just like they do in the U.S. In Europe, they almost drive like the U.S. The cars are a little smaller and people take the bus in cities but in smaller cities and towns, they drive a lot.

So if gas were $4 or 5 or even $6, wouldn't we just bend over and take the punishment? Based on the European price, I think we wouldn't do anything much different unless gas were $18 per gallon (except for getting smaller cars and trying to cut down on errands). Iran knows this.
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 6:09:52 AM

We would not do anything different
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 9:16:14 PM

Jake: people have many, many choices. They could walk, bicycle, scooter, rideshare, get an economical motorcycle or car, or use mass transit. They could choose to live close to work. They could get off their asses and walk instead of driving two blocks away for things. They could combine trips and make efficient use of their vehicle a priority. They could plug in a block heater instead of using Autostarts and excessive idling. They could burn E85, vegetable oil, or go electric. See?
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SpeedyGonzoMD
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 8:54:09 PM

I not bending over for big oil. Our next car at a minimum will be more fuel efficient and may even be a hybrid or other alternative fuel vehicle. Even now we plan our errands and try to reduce the mileage of our trips.
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Jake92876
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 7:48:31 PM

What choice would everyone have?
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 5:49:49 PM

Very little would change. People freaked out for all of about a week when gas hit $4 the first time... but they changed nothing and subsequent periods of $4 gas didn't even cause anyone to blink. Long solo commutes in thirsty, thoroughly pre-warmed SUVs still happen in the land of $4 gas, why wouldn't they at $6? I've been bicycling since gas was less than 99 cents so for the most part gas prices don't hit my wallet too much.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 5:41:21 PM

Not a lot of choice, with an inelastic demand for fuel
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:51:03 PM

I don't see much choice, but I'd drive less.
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:54:40 PM

Most would as you have to get to and from work, but it would put a severe decline in the economy (again) as people would not have the cash to spend on other items which actually fuel the economy and the service industry jobs
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Howmuchtofillit
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2013 2:55:57 PM

Coming soon enough.
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mawtaow
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2013 7:23:10 AM

Unfortunately, yes.
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jason54915
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:24:56 PM

problem is people need to go to work so unfortunately you would need gas regardless of price.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 8:53:43 PM

probably,
what options do most of us seniors have.
I'm too old to ride a bike.
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GBMAX
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 5:32:20 PM

Good question
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 5:25:03 PM

Might have to sometimes
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nichols
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2013 11:34:48 AM

yes
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Philo_Gray
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2013 3:02:37 PM

will the gas pumps be able to handle $10 gas? Remember when pumps had to be replaced because prices went of $1.

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krazkar
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2013 12:45:03 PM

No matter what the price of gas is, we all would have to deal with it.
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2013 12:42:52 PM

I went 4 years no car, bike only, by choice. I would get a spot 10 miles or so away and park the car there to cut back. It is a hassle because working that direction I have to climb a 2 mile hill getting home.
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ranger2k
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2013 12:24:15 PM

We would give in 10 dollars per gallon. I know people on fixed incomes that had to get rid of their cars. They couldn't afford them. Some ride bicycles.

[Edited by: ranger2k at 8/31/2013 12:26:38 PM EST]
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WES03
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 8:46:29 AM

Why wouldn't we?
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:43:36 AM

More people would carpool. Some would drive more fuel efficient vehicles. That's what would happen.
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Maxer105
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:39:33 AM

I drive about 4,500 miles a year. Not going to be bad.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:35:12 AM

That's where it's heading, especially if the Mideast matter escalates with US active involvement.
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:24:40 AM

What else can you do? Still have to drive.
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:37:58 PM

We would maybe buy smaller cars, more fuel efficient cars and diesel cars, but I don't see us giving up our cars.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:09:17 PM

On May 23, 2013 2:11:47 AM, gougenator wrote:

>it wont get to $6 MUCCCHHH LESSS $5

If gasoline sticks with the general rate of inflation, in a few years it will be $5 a gallon and nobody will complain much except those on fixed incomes.
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TheJediCharles
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 6:25:33 PM

Curious fixation on "bending over".
Anyway, I'd say like the likely overwhelming reaction, I'd buy what I must and modify my habits around buying as much less as possible.
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HannahM2013
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 10:58:09 AM

I, for one, wouldn't deal with that price. I don't go too far so a bike would be adequate for my needs
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nichols
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 9:46:43 AM

people would just adapt by buying cars with better mileage
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catladyNM
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2013 10:34:55 AM

I would have not choice. It would change some of my driving.
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BIRDlE
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 10:58:52 PM

we'd change our driving habits
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 10:07:39 PM

It's about $9/gallon in Germany. People still drive at 100 mph, some people faster.
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jcpatriots
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 7:05:47 PM

I'd buy a bike and start biking to work at that rate. Only 11 miles to work and 5-6 miles to restaurants nearby. ;)
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blckwolf
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 6:32:27 PM

Yes, we would, because unlike Europe, we actually have it pretty cheap here, and since we're all about just accepting things when they're forced upon us, we will scream, cry, and complain, but in the end we really won't do anything novel, like drill for our own oil, because we allow a minority of people who scream that we're destroying the environment to out shout the majority and not let us do the one thing that will put this country back on top of the world fiscally, and politically!
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pkrpro
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 6:23:11 PM

Yes
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jack4141
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 4:51:04 PM

Hope not.
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PerspicacityJoe
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2013 1:32:41 AM

I agree with Birdie, I think there are a few things that would inevitably happen, LOTS of car pooling happening for one, and even more portentously for the oil companies, a significant switch over to much higher mileage vehicles and LOTS of electric cars.
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BIRDlE
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2013 11:19:04 PM

no - we'd modify our driving habits
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2013 9:49:19 PM

The transportation infrastructure is very poor here compared to Europe. They have more options traveling around the country. We drive because of this. People will try and find ways to cut down, but will still end up driving.
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ozziebaby
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2013 6:59:18 PM

really we don't have much of a choice , do we ?
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pkrpro
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2013 4:51:17 PM

years ago we said that if it hit $4
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jscdig
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2013 3:03:38 PM

Can't use a bicycle when it's 0°F and snowing. Since I retired, I'm using 1 tank of gas per month unless I take a trip somewhere. 15 gallons at $3.50 is $49, at $6.00 it's $84, a $35.00 difference. I can cut $35 a month from something.
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Greenrancher
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2013 3:03:16 PM

@ $4.25+ in Indiana, I feel like the bending over is already beginning...
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gasgzzlr13
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2013 8:52:09 AM

Yes, what choice do I/we have?
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2013 8:21:24 AM

yep
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toms1120
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 10:30:59 AM

Sure would! And buy a locking gas cap.
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forestghost07
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Message Posted: May 24, 2013 12:31:33 AM

guess I'd use my bike even more than I already do
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sheba24
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Message Posted: May 23, 2013 8:22:40 AM

You would have to, if you need to drive.
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gougenator
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Message Posted: May 23, 2013 3:11:47 AM

it wont get to $6 MUCCCHHH LESSS $5

end of thread
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WhiskeyBurner
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Message Posted: May 23, 2013 1:47:26 AM

I already bought a flex fuel car and regularly burn E85, if that happens and I finally have the financial means to do so, I'd look into rebuilding my non flex fuel Jeep to run the stuff too. When I bought my 200, one oc the reasons I wanted to get the V-6 is that it is a flex fuel motor, knowing that such a feature would likely be useful and have beenusinv the stuff pretty constantly since last Memorial Day Weekend and plan on continuing to do so.
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