On June 20th the average price for a gallon of gas in Los Angeles was about $4.60. By that time many of us had already taken steps to reduce our fuel consumption. We took public transportation, we carpooled, we rode our bikes and we walked.
Have you noticed what has happened since then? After months of steady price increases the cost of gasoline has dropped over the last month. As of yesterday the average price for gas in Los Angeles stood at $4.43 per gallon.
For many of us, $4.00 a gallon was our breaking point, at least it was for me. It was the point I realized that I needed to make some changes in the way I get around. Recently, through carpooling, taking public transportation and frequenting more neighborhood businesses I’ve greatly reduced my fuel usage and I like it a lot. In the month of July I’ve been to the gas station once. Suddenly I feel like I’m a little less a part of the problem and in a very small way I’m a part of the solution.
However, this recent drop in gas prices brings up an interesting question. Hypothetically, let’s imagine that the price of gas continues to drop (it probably won’t now that I’ve jinxed it by saying it, but play along with me). For the sake of argument imagine you woke up next week and could buy gas for $3.00 a gallon or less. Would you stop carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or riding your bike? Or, now that you’ve tried the alternatives, are you hooked on using less fuel?