Gas is $3.40 a gallon in Chicago. Yeah, I feel that. But I believe that while raising prices on gas creates some very real problems for commuters who are financially struggling, it's good for us as a culture.
Higher gas prices mean we'll be less likely to drive without considering the expense, if not on the environment then at least on our pocketbook. It also encourages us to break our national addiction on oil, creating a more stable economy and fewer oil-motivated wars. Higher gas prices will most likely encourage people to draw their worlds into tighter physical proximity, moving toward a key principle in community growth: proxemics. It also encourages other community-creating opportunities like public transportation and carpooling.
So for environmental stewardship, a more stable economy, fewer wars over oil, and increased community ... I say raise them gas prices, baby!
I know there are a few Hungry and Thirsty readers from the UK who's gas prices are nearly £1.10 a liter ($7.52 a gallon). How does that affect your lifestyle (besides being a darn clean nation for pollution standards!)?