Oil prices went over US$100/barrel again last week. Caltex expects people to pay more than $3 a litre in the next ten years. Meanwhile the interim Gaurnaut report came out, warning of the need to cut emissions.
Recently when petrol nudged $1.50 per litre, I heard Wayne Swan on the radio having a whinge about it, and talking about the ACCC getting tough on petrol companies, the usual stuff. More recently, one Lib backbencher called for cuts to petrol taxes to relieve inflation (uhh… tax cuts accelerate inflation actually…)
Why is it the pollies (on both sides) can never see beyond the car? They can’t look at the root issues?
Most people don’t drive for the hell of it. They drive because they need to get places, and there’s no better travel option. Give people better options for some or all of their travel, and exposure to petrol prices won’t be such an issue.
People need to get places to work, shop, learn, meet, talk… Some of that interaction can be done remotely, using the net, phone, fax, letter and so on. Give people better options for that, and they won’t need to travel as much.
The more of this we do, the more we wean ourselves off petrol, and onto cleaner, cheaper alternatives.