A child’s curiosity and natural desire to learn are like a tiny flame, easily extinguished unless it’s protected and given fuel. This book will help you as a parent both protect that flame of curiosity and supply it with the fuel necessary to make it burn bright throughout your child’s life. Let’s ignite our children’s natural love of learning!
According to the Energy Information Administration, the average cost of gasoline per gallon in the U.S. increased 1.4 cents over the past week to $3 a gallon.
The average national price for regular unleaded gasoline increased 71 cents from one year ago and is quickly approaching the record $3.07 set last September, when Hurricane Katrina disrupted fuel supplies.
Some people think this isn’t such a bad thing. One such proponent of high gas prices is Matt Harrison at the Prometheus Institute, who penned an article stating three reasons that high gas prices are beneficial:
- High gas prices will repel us from oil development itself. Such a repulsion will dissolve the ties that now bind America to the affairs of the Middle East.
- High gas prices will encourage development of alternative fuels, making them more affordable (and more appealing) relative to traditional fuel.
- High gas prices make the United States safer.
This is all well and good, but I don’t buy it. In a theoretical world it might work, but I only forsee that happening if gas prices were to skyrocket to $5/gallon in a week. Instead, gas prices creep upward at a pretty slow rate, week after week, which reminds me an awful lot of the famed Sunday School lesson of the frog in boiling water.
Yes, I think gas prices should increase. But I think that if the high prices are to provoke a “call to action” and spur development and research in alternative fuel sources, gas prices need to increase at a staggering (and uncomfortable) rate. It sucks, but it needs to happen.