Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Cheap gas is like white sugar. Expensive gas is like honey

Honey is basically just another form of sugar to the body, but since it's more expensive, people tend to use it more wisely than white sugar or another form of sugar we call corn syrup.
* This can be disputed, see comments below.

When gasoline is too cheap, like eating unhealthy white sugar, society tends to promote sprawling development.

More expensive gas would support use of public transportation and compact urban development. Stuff the Growth Management Act, in Washington State, tries to promote. Growth Management tries to focus development into certain areas, but like a leaky sieve, development keeps sprawling. It sprawls one spacious parking lot at a time.

More expensive gasoline can create economic incentive for focused growth.

More expensive oil can help domestic energy production as well. I hear that America now produces more oil than it imports. When gas prices go up, oil deposits like the Bakken Shale, in North Dakota, become more viable. Green energy becomes more viable also.

Like using honey instead of corn syrup.

1 comment:

Robert said...

There is some discussion as to whether there is much difference between the same amount of honey and sugar when they get into the body. Expert opinions do seem to vary. I recently listened to a podcast about the toxic effects of sugar and one of the experts on that show seemed to indicate that there wasn't much difference between honey and sugar if the same amount was consumed. It was an interesting interview about how most Americans eat too much sugar. http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201202030900 Other experts may disagree and still say honey is better.

Some discussion has taken place as I post most of these blog entries to my Facebook wall.