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Gas is reaching $1.50 a litre around town this long weekend.
Ian, Kate, Faiz Imam, and 2 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
I’d tend to react that way too, except for the realization that when gas goes up, so does everything else.
Well, it is the long weekend after all.
It’s great in the long term, it will promote increased living and working in denser centralized areas, decrease the exurban phenomenon, decrease the depopulation of Montreal in general, and be a all round improvement for sustainability.
But the problem is in the short term, day to day, week to week, month to month. Many people’s lives are and will be disturbed and ruined.
The whole point of the green and eco-movements of the past 20 years has been to prepare and forestall for this kind of thing. for example, while this will accelerate everything the PMAD was working towards, the whole point was to insulate us from gas prices BEFORE they have a direct effect.
Faiz Imam, that’s a really good point.
When we start seeing those fuel prices reflected in our grocery bills, we’ll see how “good” that is. This kind of price-fixing only benefits the petro industry. If we’re going to continue along the all-goods-delivered-by-truck model (since we’ve abandoned rail apparently) we’re going to either have to get used to not having seasonal fruit & vegetables (like back in the 70s) or rally to see price controls on gas established by the government.
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