I pulled into the Sunoco this morning after dropping off the baby at school. As I got out of the car, I looked at the prices and said, half to myself, half out loud, "Hmmm, pay mortgage or fill the tank?" I heard a few snickers from other motorists. One who wasn't chuckling was filling their Escalade. Ouch.
It is no joke. Fuel for our cars, our heating, and other transportation is going through the roof. That is not a laughing matter. Yet everyone still has smiles on their faces behind the wheel.
The scary part is we Americans are driving more than ever. We are sacrificing other daily living costs to keep our tanks filled to the brim. Brown bagging lunches, eating at home rather than out (or just cooking as opposed to take out), doing one stop shopping (i.e., Wal-Mart) for our consumables, watching DVDs instead of driving to the theatre, etc. The list can continue indefinitely with what we will do. Is this why no one is really screaming about the rising cost?
The Washington Post has an amusing article in reference to the ever growing price of gasoline here in America.
Another good reference in the world of petroleum is here: The Official Energy Statistics from the US Government. If you look at the sidebar on the right, there is a link to Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Updates.