High gas prices are a devastating burden for America’s poor but it’s probably the only way to force America to start making wise choices about fuel consumption. How else are we going to start investing in public transportation and get people to stop buying 10 cylinder trucks? Europeans have been dealing with high gas prices for decades and as a result their car industry specializes in small, super-efficient cars and their urban design and public transportation models also reflect the need to conserve fuel.
If a bicycle isn’t already a part of your personal transportation model it probably should be. If you live in an area where riding a bike isn’t practical you should probably ask why.