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Wake-up call

People are wondering who to blame for the price of gas. If we add in the real price of gas – the costs associated with global warming, increased air pollution, asthma and other respiratory diseases – the price of gas has been abnormally low for the last century or so. This is a wake-up call in a world where oil production has peaked and developed countries are going to have to begin finding other sources of energy.

It would be a blessing for this country if gas prices doubled or tripled. Maybe then people would get out of their SUVs, car companies would use existing technology to produce more efficient vehicles, local buses would be hybrid electric and routes would be increased instead of cut, and people would stop talking on their cell phones with the car parked and air conditioning running on hot days.

Jodi Selene

Penn Valley

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