There is no fuel crisis. To have a fuel crisis, you need an Arab oil embargo, a nationwide 55 mph speed limit, mile-long lines at gas stations, a president who wears sweaters, big tax breaks for people who buy insulation and storm windows for their homes and an Energy Czar. We dont have any of those things anymore.

" You moron. Where have you been? The price of jet fuel has doubled since the beginning of the year, sending two more airlines into bankruptcy. The president is asking federal workers to carpool and take mass transit and urging citizens to be prudent. Hes only a short step away from telling people to stop taking vacations. We have to do something ...

" They should never have torn up the streetcar tracks. I remember you could take a streetcar from downtown all the way to ...

" Yes, they were lovely. But now we have diesel buses and if people would just learn to use them, we could take more cars off the road. When you have commuters going to work with no other passengers in the car, which is the most common scenario, you can take 40 cars off the road with one 40-passenger bus if people would just take the time to. ...

" It wouldnt be so bad if people stopped driving those gas-guzzling SUVs. Actually, higher gas prices are good because people have stopped buying SUVs. And its about time. I was behind this one yesterday and it was so huge ...

" I dont think I should have to stop driving or combine trips. I drive a car that gets very good mileage, and if I want to drive to the store for one pint of ice cream, I dont see what that has to do with anything ...

" Its not just about gasoline. Its about all forms of energy. What we have to do is save petroleum products for where they are needed most, for transportation, and use coal, natural gas and atomic power for things like generating electricity and home heating. You cant run a car or an airplane on coal, so ...

" Mining and burning coal has some awfully high environmental costs. I dont think we should encourage ...

" I think thats a very good point for the travel industry. I think the travel industry ought to get behind a program that would give travel and transportation a priority for those kinds of fuels.

" I dont like the idea of saying one industry has priority over another, because the minute you go down that road, somebody will say business travel is important to the economy but tourism is nonessential, and then were right back to where we were ...

" Nobodys talking about tourism taking a hit like that; there are too many tourism jobs at stake and the politicians know that now. 

" There is no fuel crisis. To have a fuel crisis, you need an Arab oil embargo, a nationwide 55 mph speed limit, mile-long lines ...

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