Saturday, June 14, 2008

High Gas Prices As Natural Carbon Tax, Part II

Ottawa, ON – As the price of gas continues to rise across the country with seemingly no end in sight, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Global National and CanWest News Service reveals that Canadians have already started to change their commuting habits as a result. With Canadians who commute averaging about 18 km each way to work, most of them driving (74%), they appear to be feeling the pain at the pumps.


Those Who Commute are Walking More (37%), Using More Gas-Efficient Cars (31%), Carpooling (24%), Working More Often From Home (14%) or Moving Closer to Work (9%)

I refute thee, Mclelland; THUS I refute thee.


JimBobby said...

Whooee! Dang right, they're changin' their lowdown ways. There's a lag inherent in the way in which most people purchase gas: by credit card. While we see the price we're paying, we don't actually shell out until next month's Visa bill shows up. That's when it hits home, literally.

Wasteful people are only able to justify their wastefulness until it starts to actually hurt them, as opposed to merely inconveniencing them.


Raphael Alexander said...

Like Bill Tieleman wrote in 24hours, this doesn't effect the upper classes, it just forces more working class people into a lower standard of living, increases their cost of living, and drives inflation. Interesting that liberals would support something that affects people in a such negative way. Liberals see the increased use of public transit as an inherent good, but this doesn't calculate the increased difficulties of relying on a public transportation, longer commute times, and an overall decrease in quality of life.

Ti-Guy said...

I guess I'll flog this book again: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)

Robert McClelland said...

I refute thee, Mclelland

I provide hard statistics from StatsCan and you give me a poll. You're fucking joking, right?