As May 15th approaches, I become more and more engrossed with my fight against No Gas Day. A quick reiteration: I’m not fighting this because I love high gas prices and hate hippies – quite the contrary: I filled my tank up for $50 the other day and screamed and cried, and I also hug quite a few trees myself. But I find No Gas Day to be a bunk idea that takes away from real plans to lower gas prices and help the environment. And now MSNBC is backing me up:
The article addresses the accuracy of the No Gas Day email itself (no, gas prices did not drop 30 cents in one day after the first No Gas Day), and goes on to speculate about what would happen if no one used any gas for one day (no cars, lawnmowers, ambulances, or fire trucks) and who exactly would feel the pinch from that. In the end they come to the same conclusion I did: the best way to impact the price…
“is to reduce the amount of gasoline consumed per person. And the best way to do that is to improve the efficiency of cars on U.S. roads. If you doubled your average mileage, you would cut consumption in half.
Now that would put a big crimp in gasoline sales and almost certainly send pump prices tumbling.”