Gas prices seem low, and by recent standards they are. Unfortunately, we don’t read that as good news.
Instead, we see these gas prices, which are astronomical in relation to petroleum prices of a decade ago but stubbornly resisting rising much further, as a sign that consumers are tapped out and can’t afford to pay more. Most of us are making do with less petroleum, and this trend is just beginning.
But Amanda and I are fine, right? We live on a farm and grow our own food. The sad but brutal truth is that farms – including intentionally simple ones like ours – use a lot of petroleum. Today’s program catalogs the many ways we use gasoline and diesel fuel and gives us a chance to reflect on how we could reduce our consumption.