I heard a story on Jay Leno last night. He said it was true. A couple went and bought extra gasoline at the current price because they heard it was going up in the next couple of days. They stored the extra gasoline in a closet in their apartment. The fumes caught on fire and they lost everything. Now that's expensive gasoline. Go figure.
I heard our government is considering a $300 incentive to get the gas guzzlers, and cars 15 years old, off the road. If you take it to the scrap yard, you get the money. Also, if you stop driving your car, you can use the money for a yearly transit pass. You can also use the money to buy a bicycle. City councils are also supposed to get an incentive to erect a lot more bicycle racks around the downtown area to encourage bike riding.
Good ideas, but there are no bicycle lanes to downtown; it's hard to keep your work clothes clean and fresh if you ride a bike to work any distance in the hot summer; you can't ride your bicycle during the winter and we're a winter city. How do parents pick up their children at school on a bicycle? Also, $300 doesn't help buy much of a new car, if you turn in your old one. My car is 21 years old and I'll be darned if I get taxed because of it. I hardly ever drive it and can't afford even a new mini or prius. I'm all for some good incentives, but there needs to be a bit more thought put into some ideas before they start handing out money that won't solve the problems in the long run.