Michael Todd Wright
25 April 2012
High Gas Prices
What defines gas prices and the negative impacts on America? Gasoline prices are on the rise due to several factors. Sometimes the oil refineries do not drill enough oil. Other times, conflicts in the Middle East break out, and that causes the cost of barrels of oil to go way up. A ripple effect is created because of the costs rising. When gas prices rise, the rise in prices is usually passed on to the consumer in numerous ways, which in turn hurts the overall economy in the long run. When a person goes to the grocery store to purchase something, the price of the item may have raised since the last time because of increased transportation costs that the trucking companies try to avoid by passing them on to the consumer. The same situation occurs everywhere in the economy. For example, fast food restaurants may increase their prices due to increased transportation costs as well. High gas prices are also affecting the ways people live. People are staying at home more and are not financially able to go on family vacations as much. Motorcycles are becoming increasingly more popular due to their fuel efficiency and cheapness on gas. In turn, more motorcycle deaths have been reported because of increased use. Motor scooters are also becoming more popular among young people. They average about ninety miles per gallon, which is a lot more than that of a car. The problem with using motor scooters more is that young people are more likely to get injured or hurt than in a car. At the end of President Bush’s term, he was blamed for the rising costs of gas prices. He was blamed because of the war that lasted so long in Iraq so a lot of Americans considered him responsible. After President Obama was elected, gas prices did decrease for about a year. People thought that he was making effective changes, but then the prices started rising again. And now, they are right back where they were four years ago before he was elected. Now many Americans also blame him for the higher gas prices. Most Americans would agree that the continuous up rise of gas prices have caused them financial hardships, and they would like some kind of relief. High gas prices in the United States are causing many Americans personal burdens that they are forced to accept. Lower gas prices help stimulate the economy, decrease motorcycle deaths, and give Americans a better quality of life overall. High gas prices are destructive to the economy, increase the amount of motorcycle deaths, and give Americans a poorer quality of life that is mostly based on survival. Some people oppose the idea that high gas prices are negative. In the article “12 Reasons Why High Gas Prices Are Good For America,” author Ron Haynes says that “high gas prices cause families to plan their summer vacations closer to home.” This is considered good because families will have more time to have on vacation instead of on the road. However, if families start to vacation closer to home, instead of traveling far away for summer vacations then cities that depend on tourism for their main source of income will suffer. Many people living in cities along the coastline depend on travelers to visit to be able to make their income. Without tourism, a lot of these cities would be in poverty. Also in the article mentioned above, Ron Haynes says that “high gas prices are causing some Americans to rethink (or at least reduce) their attraction to stuff.” This could be good because Americans are buying more practical, fuel efficient vehicles. However , if Americans are spending a lot of money filling up their gas tanks, then of course they will have to think about a lot of their purchases. When Americans buy less “stuff”, the economy suffers. When the economy suffers, people lose jobs and the ability to survive. Another argument stated in the article above by Haynes was that “high gas prices are causing more people to ride...
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