I hate writing posts like this one, because I always feel like I am displaying my ignorance, but I had a thought last night while I was sitting at work and hoping the hours would go faster. I figured I might as well post it here so you could all tell me why my idea is stupid.
Since we know that the US uses way too much gas and that bio fuels are not the miracle cure that some thought they would be; since we know there are starving people all over the world due to the continued reservation of certain crops and fields for bio fuel production and the rising cost of oil, why don't we ration gasoline and use the crops raised for bio fuels for hunger relief?
Here is my line of thought. Gasoline rationing is not unheard of in this country. If we were to reinstate a gas ration (I am not talking anything drastic...it could be based somewhat on how far you have to travel to work, if you need to transport goods, etc), Americans would be FORCED to change their habits. There would be no more "road trips" just for fun, folks would learn to accomplish as much as possible on the fewest amount of car hours. There would also be more folks walking and biking places. Good for the environment, right?
I know that some folks will scream that we will be putting gas stations out of business, or that car manufacturers are going to have trouble, or some economic issue along those lines. But really, what is the difference if we do it (semi)voluntarily or if gas prices and shortages make it impossible for the Average Joe to drive anyway?
My Honorary Uncle, whom I love very much, likes to say "I wish the gov't would just quit saving us from ourselves". For the most part, I agree with him. However, in this instance, I figure the likelihood of Americans doing what needs to be done on their own is pretty slim. Besides, WE aren't the only ones we will be saving from ourselves. We will also be saving starving folks in Haiti and other places as well as making a huge step in saving the planet.
I am not a deep thinker, and tend to simplify things too much. I just can't seem to understand all the complicated issues involved in the world today. I suppose this humble suggestion wouldn't work for some reason or other, but wouldn't it be nice if it did?