I am deeply concerned about the lack of a sense of urgency concerning the price of imported oil. We are addicted to the stuff, yet the only economic crisis talked about in the media is the mortgage-housing disaster.
Let's do the math. We import 21 million barrels a day. At $92 per barrel that's close to $2 billion every day. At what point is the international community going to get tired of our dollars? It seems to me that it is starting to happen now as the dollar is in a free fall against many international currencies.
Let me mention a few other facts and see if anyone gets the connection:
1. Vintage Faire Mall, the site of a four-hour traffic gridlock last year, has a single bicycle rack that holds three bicycles.
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2. There are bicycles in almost every garage in town.
3. We are fat.
We had better learn to live on a lot less oil than we are right now. I think hard times are a-comin'.
Is anyone out there?
JOHN E. ARNOLD