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Major Gas Problem

Even I, the non-driving Blind Owl, have noticed that gas has become a little pricey. Unlike most of America, I have no opinion on why. I have no knowledge of how gas pricing works.

All I know is the folks on the left like to blame the war in Russia for the prices. Even though gas has been going up in price for some time. The folks on the right like to blame “Sleepy Joe” for the skyrocketing prices. Which one is right I wonder. Well, as Grandpa Simpson says, “A little bit from Column A, and a little bit from Column B.”

Like usual, the two political sides have diametrically opposing ideas, and there is no room for anyone who thinks somewhere in the middle. To me, it seems obvious that the war in Ukraine has had some kind of impact on the price of gas. Just like it’s painfully clear that closing down American pipelines didn’t help the cause. But each side won’t acknowledge that. They just want to blame the other side.

The right wing is blaming the radical environmentalists for rigging the gas price increase to better support the switch over to all electric cars. While the left is blaming industries for being too reliant on fossil fuels.

This is childish to say the least. Neither side will accept a solution, no matter how good it is, if it’s not from their side. If either side would take a minute to think about the situation, they’d see the solution isn’t far away. In fact, it’s so obvious that I can see it.

Here’s the simple answer. Both sides are correct in different ways.

It is impossible to switch from a gas based transportation system. It’s been that way for too long and most Americans can’t afford to switch from their typical car to a Tesla. Trucking companies, the airline industry and other necessary infrastructure will go bankrupt if they’re forced to try and transition to “clean energy.” That’s just cutting off your nose to spite your face, and it won’t work. That’s clear.

Meanwhile, it is moronic to ignore the fact that people are having a negative impact on the environment. Our dependence on fossil fuels is a massive part of that issue. So why wouldn’t we want to clean up our energy usage? There are a bunch of different ways to create more energy. Wind, hydroelectric, solar and others that I am too dumb to understand. Not everything needs to be based on oil.

Don’t worry, I’m ready for both sides to hate me right about now. The left will say, “Why can’t we go all electric? You hate the environment and want us all to die!” At the same time, the right will scream in their gravely voices, “Who cares about the environment? It’s not a huge issue! We need to think about the RIGHT NOW!” So some of your will be too naive or just plain stupid enough to not hear me out.

Doesn’t Occam’s Razor tell us the solution to this problem is the simplest one? Well here comes a very simple solution. As much as I’d like to think I’m some kind of innovator, well that’s just not true. This solution has been around for a while. It’s right in front of us. Are you ready?

The solution to the gas issue is, both. Yup that’s it. Let’s use both. Has anyone heard of a hybrid vehicle? Well for those who don’t know, it’s a car that runs on both gas and electricity. It’s the perfect solution. These cars use less gas, and can rely on electricity to travel. Add that to the fact that they can run exclusively on gas if the power goes out, so there’s no worry about not having a charging station. Oh and when hybrids run on gas, they charge their own batteries.

Holy shit! Did I just solve climate change. No. Nor did I go back to the “good ol’ days” of gas powered everything. I put us right in the middle. I gave the egghead engineers time to figure out a better method, while simultaneously cutting our reliance on gas in half. It makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?

Oh and it’ll be a heck of a lot easier to convince those who are set in their ways to wrap their heads around going halfway to electric, than to force all electric cars upon them.

Nobody is going to listen to me. Because both sides hate me. But I like to think the majority of people are somewhere in the middle, and will take a look at what I said with a reasonable perspective. If we could get everyone behind such a simple idea, we’d be a lot better off. But hey, we’d rather fight, and shoot ourselves in the foot. So when y’all are down with that nonsense, I’ll be here ready to talk.

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