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Où est-ce que tu penses que tu t'en vas?

Should gas prices continue to rise
until they reflect
the true ecological
cost of driving?


Est-ce que le prix de
l'essence devrait
continuer à augmenter jusqu'à ce qu'il corresponde vraiment au coût réel écologique des transports? 

Let us know your feelings...
On aimerait bien savoir ce que tu en penses...

Michel Landry
Laval, QC
12 octobre 2006
Je crois que malheureusement qu'il faudra se faire à l'idée que nous ne pourrons rien faire contre la hausse du prix de l'essence...même la guerre de Oncle Bush n'y peut rien. On peut se consoler peut-être en constatant qu'en Europe c'est encore plus cher qu'ici...heureusement que nous sommes quand même de bons producteurs de pétrole car ca serais pire encore.J'aimerais attirer votre attention sur le fait qu'en Europe, les fabriquants automobiles offre presque tous les versions diesel de leurs modèles et que soudainement, les Américains en demandent.L'avenir est au diesel et ca coutera moins cher.Au Canada,et surtout au Québec, il y a longtemps qu'on nous offrirais ces modèles diesel si les Américains avait bouger plus vite au lieu des gros 4X4 energivores c'est eux le gros marché pour les constructeurs.L'avenir est au diesel.
August 4, 2006
que ceux qui parlent de penurie probable se taise... on nous as fait le coup dans les annes 90 pour augmenter les couts a la pompe... le lait que tu bois coute plus cher a cause de ceux qui maintiennent artificiellement le prix eleve du petrole. Les gouvernement fixes le taux minimum de prix a la pompe... ces drole ca leur profite... croyer vous vraiment qu'un rafineur paie vraimemt 70$ le baril de petrole ! En Avril 2006 on nous a dis que le petrole devrais se vendre au dela de 1.20 $ en juin ca na pa eu lieu la conjoncture n'etait pas bonne pour augmenter les prix! sauf que nous y voila ... Liban et Palestine ne font pas de petrole mais cet une excuse aussi valable que le prix du $ US. en passant quand on augmente votre litre d'essence de .06$ au USA au l'ugmente de .06$ du gallons nous les Canadiens on est de bon bon pailleurs on est toujours pret a payer plus cher pour n'importe quoi. Je crois qu'on devrais arreter d'etre ! de bon gros molusque et de commencer a se tenir debout pour nos conviction (oups je m'excuse on en a aucune). Cohusion entre les gouvernement et les petrolieres chaqu fois que le prix monte ils s'en mettent plein les poches. et on continue a payer ... alors tous debout pour s'applaudir. Si t'es vraiment d'accord pour la hausse du prix du carburant, laisse ta voiture a la maison et prend le BUS ca coute aussi cher que ta voiture, ca sent mauvais, ca brule plus de carburant au prorata d'utilisateurs et ces jamais a l'heure. 
May 14, 2006
There is not a shortage of oil. The oil companys have everyone baffled. There is an oil field in The Green River area, USA that has enough oil to last the earth 500 years. Check it out.
September 28, 2005


If you are like me, you woke up on Saturday, September, 24 and checked to see what damages were caused by hurricane Rita, and with a sigh of relief, you were happy that it did not look as bad as New Orleans. Then you got really happy because you thought, at lease the price for gas won’t be that bad. Yes I have to admit I thought so too, and I did not know the extent of the damage at that time. That’s just how selfish we…I mean…I am. Who else could think something that horrible but me? Certainly not the people who were lining up at gas stations on Thursday because they thought that the price of gas was going to go up to $1.80, or even, God forbid it ever happening, $2.00 a litre. Well thankfully the gas stations don’t have enough digits on the billboard to display that price. Or do they? Well since back in 2000, some of the bigger stations started to put in billboards that could hold 4 digits. So you might want to think again if you thought that the price of gas was coming back down. You see where I am going with this? The gas companies knew from a long time ago that this was going to happen and the hurricane gave them the excuse they needed to do it. Well if you don’t get it by now, let me spell it out for you and I am not good at spelling. Da Hi Price Is Here To Stay. You know who is not happy? The gas stations that raised their prices because of rumors! They are upset that the storm was not as bad, and now the gas panic is over.

If the station sells the gas at 60 cents a litre, they would still make a profit. However when there is bad news they decide to raise their prices to a ridiculous amount for no other reason but for profiteering and they think it is ok. If they already own the gas (bought and paid for) that is in the ground at their station and then gas price rise, why do they have to raise their price?

I think I need to get into the gas business! …Make money because of bad news… ha ha ha… Funny "stuff"! Can anyone really stop them?

Anyway back to those horrible selfish people who only think about themselves. On Monday night when they had two football games on TV, one was to raise founds for the hurricane Katrina victims and I got to watch both games! I heard someone (this person will remain nameless) say, “ thank god for that hurricane, now I get to watch 2 football games instead of one because of the storm”. What is this world coming to?

Richard Alexander
September 13, 2005

No matter what the price of fuel is, everyone is interested in fuel
consumption efficiency and pollution control.

So we need to stop attaching this to higher fuel costs!

The international price fixing of a barrel of crude oil is just that, "price fixing", keeping the oil industry in high profits. This is good business sense to the oil producers and they are being allowed to get away with it.

This has gone way past supply and demand.

I have talked to a number of people who feel that most Canadians are fed up with being ripped off.

Of course investors are happy, but in all fairness prices are too high.

Typically ,the Government is hiding from this issue, collecting the high volume of taxes to compensate for the high volume of mismanaged funds.

One more thing is the psychological ploy. Say, for example, the higher price
of a $1.39 per liter of fuel is dropped to a high price of $.99 per liter, then this would appear to be a bargain.

Dan Perdomo
September 07, 2005
I agree with many of you about the negative effects of Petroleum, but most people are ignorant about the real facts that lead to high oil prices. The cartel of oil corporations along with the cartel of producing countries are intended to become richer now, their way to do it, is getting every penny from the poor , after all we are their slaves. Those cartels do not want their business to stop so they do not allow the new technologies to compite with them. Of course all politicians are buyed by their power and it is only after a terrible chaos in world echonomy that this patter will change. Yes we will suffer to the limit but when this companies and countries start loosing money because the new poor will be unable to buy their fuel, they will allow to emerge substitutes for oil. Never before. Change never happens on good will, change always happen on crisis, so the crisis will come because the rich are money hungry and greed. I Will be suffering and!
you too,but after a huge world crisis, change will arrive.

mimi G
Comté de Kent, NB
September 3, 2005
c moi je vous dit que c pas du fun parsque moi je mene ma mere moncton 3 fois par semaine pour des traitement du cancer et 40$ dollars chaque fois =120 par semaine et par moi 480$ je te dit une femme malade sa ramene pas mal sa paye du mois le gouvernement doit monter leur paye de 5% IL ENLEVE LES COUT D,AMBULANCE ET MONTE LE GAS je pense pas que sa lui coute des bisou pour se rende en avion c nous quil le paye
September 01, 2005
Does the United States sell gas from Louisianna pipeline to Canada? I thought Canada was self sufficient in the oil and gas industry. Am I wrong? Obviously we don't buy oil or gas from the US, yet it seems that gas prices is dictated to us from some office in New York city according to a global news report that I heard on Aug 31. That tells me that we don't control our energy, the Americans do. No disaster in the US should affect gas prices in Canada, something is amock, looks like Paul Martin is some kind of puppet gvt for the States when it comes to fazio st lazare quebec,
September 1, 2005
you know this is unfair,i drive 130 km per day minimum to get to work every day just to try to support my family,my work takes me to different locations on a daily basis and my employer does not pay for my gas it comes out of my pocket,i drive a v-8 motored pick-up to carry all my tools but with these prices i'm finding it inpossible to make ends meet... i firmly belive that if everyone in canada would boycott one petrolium company for two weeks at a time one after the other till they all feel the crunch ! like we the hard working people do ,they might see that we as a country could have some kind of power against those money hungry fat cats. we have plenty of fuel here in our own country to be self-sufficient,but no we go and sell it to other countries instead of keeping it to be shared among our-selves.i've worked for many oil companies in my trade and traveled this great nation of ours,i've seen gas price differ from one province to the other,but one thing that ba!
ffels me most is here in my own province ie.there are two gas stations near my home not three km apart both from the same company and there is a ten cent difference from one-another how can this be????if it continues like this it will be more profitable for me to go on welfare, at least i would not have to travel to work every i say lits keep our own resorces to our selves and enjoy this great country for what it really is "OUR OWN"and not some fat-cat...i am disappointed in our government for going the american's the small people that make this country run not the goverment if we can't work will the ministers do our work for us??? 


Sue Thornbury ONtario,
September 1, 2005
Gas Prices hit #1.26 l. in Owen Sound today Sept. 1/05. This is ridiculous, even considering the impact the hurricane had . The gas in the pumps and currently at the refineries DID NOT cost this much? This is price gouging by the gas companies and we the public should not accept it!! We should find a way to make the government and the gas companies come to see common sense and use it for a change! I personally will not be travelling anywhere nor buying any gas for as long as possible. Please follow suit and boycott them! 

Victoria, BC,
September 1, 2005
we have been affected by looters from hurricane Katrina, its the big oil companies. Stealing an extra ten cents a litre from me overnight.
Seaward, St. John's, NL August 31, 2005 Gas prices here in St. John's is now about $1.15 per litre, and now, due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the prices may be rising by almost 20 cents a litre! This is crazy! If the price of gas increases more and more (times infinity), it will be too expensive for many Newfoundlanders to drive places! We already pay enough taxes to pay for our roads, our road repairs, our health care, and "what-not". Why not eliminate the GST or HST and the gasoline tax and increase or decrease the gas prices every four to six months, and make customers happy for once in our life?

Also, why don't we have a new law where drivers must exchange their cars for one of those new cars that run on diesel or "half diesel, half water" (like those Smart Cars)? Diesel fuel may cost more, but a little bit of diesel goes a long way!

Any feedback?

Scott S.
August 31, 2005
I have read various comments in this forum, and while some are very valid points, I feel it may be worth my 2 cents. I have a large truck which is very expensive to operate as I work in construction all over southwestern Ontario. I would like to drive a small car which is economical, however I would have no capacity to get tools, material etc. to the job sites. For all of you saying live closer to work. I have workrd very hard since spending alot of time and money to go to college. <<edited>>

August 31, 2005
Where is the media in all this? Why is the media not investigating thease companeys and showing that there is price fixing going on.
I mean if we leave it up to our elected officials ,half of whome are getting rich them selves, they will just continue making excuses to let the gas companeys gouge and gouge. Paul Marten multi billionare owner of C.S. L. Could care less. He is likely haveing tea and crumpets with the Irvings as we speak .I think we should be asking our media to investigate this whole affair.they will show price fixing if it exists.unless they are paied off as well

Jim, Baie verte, NL
Mar. 30, 2005
$1.03 cents a litre for regular gas, how much higher can it go? 
Heads should roll.

July 13, 2004
Raising the price of fuel is not the answer. If you want to encourage the people to buy small fuel efficient cars then subsidize them. Remove the PST and GST from small cars and add a gas guzzling tax to those huge gas guzzlers. Make the diesel engine a no-cost option on any new truck. What happened to the published fuel mileage ratings for cars and trucks? Why are they so hard to find in ads anymore? The answer to this is easy... no one wants you to know anymore.  The government makes billions with every increase and the manufacturers are pushing performance just like in the 60's
Larry Plancke
May 17, 2004
On highways, I like to drive about 10 k.p.h. above the speed limit like most Canadians. I propose we do something both radical and legal in protest of the increase in gas 
prices which are way out of proportion to the increase in crude oil prices. I am going to drive the speed limit. Two benefits will accrue from this if a critical mass of the population follow suit: the RCMP and various enforcement agencies across the country will be pleased with the decline in accidents and lowering of the death rate due to car 
crashes. AND, more subtley many effects on oil and gas producers will be implemented, namely: demand will go down, haste will be eliminated, including the big hurry to get work done (very important fact), and Canadians can coalesce around an idea we can all agree on, that is we are all tired of being screwed around by oil companies who are obviously in cahoots with each other and never compete with each other. I believe that the idea of *Drive 80* will pressure every business and industry 
that depends on all of us getting to work on time and driving like hell all day to do work. They should, then, begin to pressure gas producers in turn. Please put this idea out there.

May 13, 2004
To the one who said "stop whining", I'd like to say "blow it out your ear!". Of course gas prices are climbing far too high and beyond the reach of many. A car is a necessity for many...the government isn't providing funding for school bussing so are we supposed to
force our elementary school children to walk highways in unsafe conditions because we can't afford to put gas in our cars? This is ridiculous!

Nova Scotia
March 15, 2004
Gas prices are too high. It cost 85.9 cent per liter here in Nova Scotia compared to the high 60's in Alberta. Seems like price gouging. I would like to take the bus to work but this town is too small to support a mass transit system. 

Jan 12, 2003
No gas prices should not keep going up they are high as it is. I don't care what their reasons are! If gas prices keep going up it will cost to much for people to drive to work, as if your car, truck, SUV or bike does not cost enough as it is between buying repairs and insurance.
Nov. 13, 2002
The rising prices in gas have a dramatic effect on all commuting communities. however, the long term economic impact varies. low-income people are most hurt by increasing prices. these people are forced to strain limited transportation or eventually move away. the eventual increase in the cost of living within these communities will further strain their economic resources. as a result I feel the taxes can better come from real estate or particular income brackets. eventually none of this solves the underlining problem in that we refuse to deal with our dependency on energy.
Mike Theriault
Montreal, Quebec
July 11, 2002
I've lived my entire adult life carfree in Montreal, but I feel a bit of compassion for the one hour commuter who sees driving as his only option. People often believe that living in widely spaced apart houses with huge lawns is more ecological than living in a dense city. This is completely false. Most suburban and exurban housing was created FOR the automobile. Before the existence of the car, we all lived within an easy
tramway commute from our jobs and could even walk to most things we wanted to, like the store, a friends house and school or work. Those who lived far from the city centres were either farmers or fishermen. 
Faux natural suburbs are the most environmentally destructive habitat because of the car use that is required. Higher gas prices are only one part of an overall strategy to reduce and eventually halt automobile use. I doubt that a government that sends its leader all around the world looking for business has the inclination to attack Canadian consumption habits that are destructive. But if we don't act soon, nature will
take care of everything for us by eliminating us from the planet. Personally, I'd rather see gas prices rise. Call me a radical, but I prefer the existence of life to shopping malls and Tim Hortons parking lots.

P Albert
Moncton, NB
May 1, 2002
Its not only the cost of gasoline we need to worry about! Transportation cost for clothes, food... went up! The Government needs to wake up & smell the
coffee. Our economy depends on the cost of gasoline. 
For those of you who respects what the Government is doing because of natural reasons you also need to wake up! Where do you think the extra 10 - 15 cents of
taxes per litre is going? MORE ROADS = MORE POLLUTION.
For those of you who say "People should buy homes closer to their work" please realize that if we want to have our home in the country to raise our kids in a
safer environment or live near relatives it should be our business not Jean Chretien's! Why penalize us! 
OUR CANADIAN GOVERNMENT doesn't know what its doing! 
They are all too old & careless to improve our economy.

14 mars, 2002
Pas de long discours ici. Juste un petit mot pour vous tous.
A force de voir ce que je vois et d'entendre c que j'entends, je dis STOP .
Arrêtez de tous de vous plaindre chacun de votre côté. Ceci ne fera pas avancer les choses.  Mobilisons-nous pour enfin être entendu, il ne faut pas rester chez soi à ce lamenter, il est temps d'agir, de passer a l'action.  Pour tous ceux qui ne souhaite pas prendre parti, pas de problèmes ..... mais après ne venez pas vous plaindre, de vos conditions de vie.   Voilà pk je recherche des partenaires; pour enfin nous faire entendre.  Bientôt un site, avc 1 forum, un tract en téléchargement, ainsi qu'une pétition: "STOP AUX TAXES ET A LA MISERE"
Si vous êtes prêts, laissez votre mail, à:
A bon entendeur salut....

Roger Richard,
Mar. 6, 2002
Je suis à la recherche du prix de l'essence à la pompe dans la province de Québec depuis l930 à aujourd'hui. Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider?

I am looking for the price of gasoline at the pump in the province of Quebec from l930 to 2000. Anybody can help?

Josué Morissette 
Kingston, ON
9 Octobre 2001
Arrêtez de chialer, le prix de l'essence n'a rien à voir avec le gouvernement. Oui il
y en retire des taxes, mais il ne faut pas oublier que le réseau routier coute une fortune ainsi que toutes les autres conséquences qui en suivent. Ceux qui souffrent plus de ces hausses de prix sont les camineurs, mais ils le méritent emplement et même plus. Chaque "van" qui roulent sur une route équivaut à 40 000 voitures oui 40 milles voitures. Ce les poids loudrs n'existait pas, le réseau routier serait très facile d'entretient. Pourquoi pensez-vous que les poids lourds sont interdits dans les endroits difficile à bloqué où dans les endroits résidentielles.
Ainsi, ils peuvent souver de refaire ces routes. C'est pourquoi quand vous vous promener en campagne éloigné les routes, où aucun poids lourds n'y passe, ont tous des dizaines d'années ?
En plus le gouvernement ne fait rien parce que le prix de l'essence est déterminer par le cour du pétrole brut. Le gouvernement sait aussi !
que le gouvernement américain ne laissera jamais une hausse trop importante se produire. LE seul problème qui pourrait se trouver c'est le fait que seulement une poignée de compagnie rafinent ce pétrole et qu'ils, entre eux, peuvent arranger le prix du pétrole à la pompe. Ceci n'empêche pas qu'il faut que le gas soit bas pour qu'on puisse continuer de faire rouler les bêtes de la route telles que les voitures à 400 hp et plus. 

Peter Henry,
Halifax, NS
June 29, 2001
The recent concern about fuel prices seem entirely misdirected.
Environmentalists should welcome higher prices for oil.
I know it is an unpopular stand, but if one were to (say) quadruple the cost of gasoline, then people would be purchasing smaller, lighter cars and driving them shorter distrances. People might even try to buy a house close to their place of employment, instead of driving an hour down HWY 103 to go home at night.

We have little diffuculty with sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco. We should persuade our elected officials to add a couple of dollars ENVIRO TAX per litre to gas. (BTW, do not try to get elected with ths idea as a plank in your platform.)

3252 Veith Street HALIFAX B3K 3H2 Canada.  TEL (902) 455-9884 FAX (902) 455-5450 

G. Smith
Nova Scotia
June 2001

There was a recent email digest that caused me some concern. It tried to make an economic case for boycotting Esso and Petro-Can, with the aim of holding down fuel prices. Notes of this type are making the rounds these days, however the argument it makes is fundamentally flawed. It would appear that conservation is not an option. The advocated approach of targeting specific gas stations has been around for a few years (at least), but doesn't work. Most of the gas stations are franchises who have distribution deals with specific fuel producers. The stations make almost no money on gas (but they do really well selling cigarettes and junk food). It is against the law for them to sell gas at less than cost - this is called predatory pricing. The most they could lower the price is about 2 cents in rural areas and less than a penny in the cities.
Refineries, on the other hand have great profit margins right now. They are all running at almost 100%, and can sell to the highest bidder. President Bush ordered American refineries to postpone maintenance shutdowns to ensure that there was enough fuel oil for the winter. Those refineries have to shut down now for regular repairs and upgrades, and this has reduced the supply in the US, thus increasing the price. 
As for supporting only the independent gas stations - it can be really hard to find them. Once you exclude the four big ones: Esso (Exxon), Petro-Can, Shell, and Husky, there isn't much left. Those that do appear independent still have to get their gas from the same refineries as the big-name stations.
So what to do? There doesn't appear to be any great increase in supply coming soon (refineries just don't have excess capacity), which means that the only real way to reduce prices is to USE LESS GAS.  
There is another more pro-active approach that elected representatives could take, namely to TRIPLE OIL & GAS PRICES. Yes, I mean increase prices. And
put the money into developing environmentally friendly energy sources and
environmental remedial action. 
Energy is a bargain at today's prices, and that is why we are ruining our planet by burning so much fossil fuel. We need a strong motivation to use less energy, or turn to cleaner energy, and the only way is through the pocketbook. Think for a minute about future Canadians and what we are leaving them. 

Colin Everett,
Barrie, Ontario.
April 28, 2001
Hi, How many of you Canadians know how much our not so honorable members of the goverment pay for their gas while in Ottawa.  
Anything from 10 to 15 cents a litre than the rest of us.


17 avril, 2001

Le gouvernement ne fera rien pour contrer la hausse de l'essence. Pourquoi? Parce
que c' est plus payant en taxes, et à plus long terme il y aura de moins en moins
d'automobilistes sur les routes , et c'est leur but ultime pour désengorger le
réseau routier . Il y a trop de voitures et le gouvernement fera tout pour qu'il y
en aient moins. C' est déjà commencer vous n'avez qu'à remarquer les campagne de publicité contre par exemple, l'alcool au volant et la vitesse.Ce ne sont que des
prétextes pour enlever graduelement des automobilistes sur nos routes. Après avoir
vu plein de monde mourir dans ces annonces allez donc chialé quand on vous donnera une contrevention.Ce n'est qu'un pretexte pour justifier des amandes qui serons de plus en plus salé (ca va couté très cher tantot).  Et que dire des média qui nous montre toujours les pires cas. Il ne faut pas oublier que la SAAQ leur donne des millions en publicité ils ont intérêt à soutenir ce «lavage de cerveaux». qui leur permet ensuite de gonflé leur coffre sous pretexte d'une bonne cause.La SAAQ et la SAQ font des millions en surplus et c' est ca qui est important pour eux, 

Montreal P.Qué
6 mars, 2001
Bonjour,   Pour contré le prix du pétrole, le gouvernement vient chercher l'argent dans nos poches en ne fessant rien . Tous lesse croire que le pétrole reviendras a 1"00$ le litre, il se prépare pour les vacances de la construction au mois de juillet . 

La solution c'est de boycotter ou ce que cela fait mal pour le gouvernement (loto Québec) qui est leur vache a lait avec lequel ils font des milliards 

Question : Pourquoi loto Québec ? 

Nous avons tous besoin de l'essence (obligation) (gouvernement ) fait de son peuple des gamblers a notre insu a coût de 1"00$ (très sournois) loto Québec ne donne rien aux oeuvres de charités ils nous lave le cerveau avec l'appât du gain avec leur publicité au 15 secondes en moyenne l'argent perçu leurs rapportent des millions en intérêt Qu'il ne redistribue pas au peuple Le gouvernement a besoin de cette vache a lait ,tous comme nous avons besoin d'argent pour aller travailler . 
Faisons pression sur loto Québec pour que le gouv. baisse le prix de l'essence 

Jan 10, 2001
Well everyone hears about how bad the farmers are doing so why don't they produce an alcohol with their corn. Then use the alcohol instead of gasoline. Every time a new alternative is thought of instead of gas, the gas companies buy the patent, for example that is why electrical cars are not sold. I don't think it is fair and there are other solutions but people don't like change so they will continue to pay the prices no matter how much they increase.
Dec, 29, 2000
You have some very good points. Since we use too much, it should cost to use more! Furthermore, everyone that eats too much should pay more for food!! Get real. We all know that the gas prices are down on the barrel, it's the tax that is way too high.  I think it's about time we the government took a stand like the truck drivers did.
Aimé Mayer
24 nov. 2000
L'augmentation de l'essence provient d'un cercle vicieux.  Le gain du pouvoir par l'argent.  Aussi bien des grands producteurs que de l'intermédiaire jusqu'aux distributeurs locaux.  La hausse d'un seul sous par litre, provoque une soudaine augmentation de centaines de produits sur le marché et nécessaire pour le quotidien.  C'est la plus belle façon de créer l'inflation.  Le nécessaire pour le quotidien est: d'abord l'alimentation qui en prend pour son rhume lors de l'addition d'un seul sous par litre d'essence sur le marché, et beaucoup d'autres produits qui s'ensuivent et nécessaires à la vie.  Exemple: le logement, le vêtement, les médicaments, les transports en commun, etc.....  Il est urgent d'établir une norme rigide sur le coût de l'essence, qui pourrait au minimum, avoir une durée stable d'une année et plus dans les prix.  Voilà mon opinion.
Tony Reynolds, San Francisco
Nov.21, 2000
I can't take credit for this observation nor do I know what it tells us but consider
this....People pay as much or more for water in a bottle as they do for gas but there is no worldwide outcry - they don't complain at all - Interesting, don't you think?

John East
Nov 13, 2000
Every day hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aviation fuel are burned, mostly 
high up in the atmosphere, but also during preparation for take-off.  This must produce more global warming than motorists and lorries on the ground.

Sept. 27, 2000
Maybe the gas prices are justified, but taxing on top of taxes, sounds like a government tax grab at all levels. 
Sept. 21, 2000
We have been for a long time using fuel, then: What have we got??.
Yes, we are next to destroy our old Earth, one hard and old a planet that has supported meteorite impacts, freezings and more. One planet that hates oil energy because it is the cause of his diseases.  How long we have trusted petroleum? is enough already! I think it is time to alternatives.

Edmundston NB
Sept. 13, 2000
En tout cas si le prix du gaz continue a monter comme ca à monter, les touristes ne voyageront pu parce que cela va leur couter plus cher en gaz que le voyage lui meme si ca continue! Alors l'economie va en prendre un mechant coup! 

Peter Henriksen
Sept. 13, 2000

I couldn't care less ... The price of gas is simply a non-issue. We (California) have gone up and down, from $1 to $2 a gallon, over the last couple of years and it makes hardly any difference. Even if you own the worst gas guzzler, even if the price rise to $3-$4 a gallon, even if you drive far every day (and we all do :), it is still nothing but a tiny fraction of the cost of living. And don't worry, prices are not going to go through the roof; oil prices cannot be much more than doubled from current levels before other energy sources become economical viable. So, get over it and stop whining.
September 8, 2000 
What the oil companies should remember is that the primary resource from 
which they derive scandalous profits, does not belong to them. Grabbing it 
does not make it theirs. It belongs to mankind.

George Reid
July 13, 2000
To get prices down, we have to join together as a "group"; negotiate a discount for the group. The group should the pool money together, buy or set up their own oil company like the farmer's co-op. Gas would be sold to members at cost.
Then, because oil is disappearing, start the research and development, and application of alternative technologies.

Gary Hitch
June 15, 2000

All this talk about rising gas prices is very interesting. However, I feel that those of you who have being saying that gas prices should rise to reflect the true 'ecological cost of driving' are simply acting out of concern for the environment (real or imagined) have either not really analyzed the consequences of rising gas prices or you're willing to pay. Pay you will and pay big. But not only for gas. As gas prices at the pump skyrocket think of the inevitable results. Follow the falling dominos.

Where do you think your food comes from. Do you think your local grocery grows
it themselves? It comes in literally 'by the truck load'. So, as transportation companies have to pay more they will also have no choice but to raise their prices. Consequently every single business operation that sells any kind of goods whatsoever is going to end up paying more. That means that your food, electronics, furniture, clothing, and the list goes on and on are going to cost more. What do think the local merchant is going to do each time he or she has to shell out more money for transportation costs? He or she is going to hike the price of goods to adjust for profit loss or else go out of business.

So, the bottom line is this - as gas prices rise so will every other price rise. Have you thought about what that means to you and to your family? I can almost guarantee you that your salary will NOT rise as quickly as the cost of living if this kind of thing goes on indefinitely. It's just a question of time before the price at the pump turns into the price at virtually every other cash register.

So what are the solutions? Obviously we are all somewhat slaves of OPEC aren't
we. The ultimate solution will be in the development and refining of new energy
technologies in transportation. Hybrid cars AND eventually trucks etc. Electricity (solar, battery etc.) , hydrogen and the list of possibilities is near infinite. I'm always amazed when reading about these issues at the lack of knowledge we have in energy options compared to the infinite sources of energy all around us.

We need to invest far more (and far more quickly) in alternate energies all the way across the board. Whether fossil fuel companies continue to resist and hinder this progress as they have in the past (while pretending to support it - though by it's very nature means the demise of their industry) is another question.

Ursula Grigg,
St. Mary's
Halifax, NS
April 12, 2000
The obvious answer to this is, yes, gas prices should reflect the ecological cost of driving. But, especially in a poor province, this would put driving beyond the reach of most people. I will never condemn people for using their cars, because driving makes it possible to run errands, chauffeur children and carry groceries and large parcels. Especially for single parents the car is a life-saver.
What we really need is a quick change to sustainable fuels, less complex and thirsty vehicles, and good public transport. Perhaps the true cost of driving should be posted at service stations and kept in front of our noses, so that we could keep them before the politicians' noses and get these things provided.

Beth Lewis,
Halifax, NS
April 12, 2000

My friends and I often discuss this issue while riding the bus here in Halifax. People often equate owning a car and freedom. We feel exactly the opposite is true. We never have to worry about running out of gas, not getting a parking space, being too drunk to drive, or having someone steal or vandalize our cars. Above all of these things, we also know that we are not contributing to the pollution of our city, and in turn, the world.
When gas prices went up we noticed an increase in ridership. The buses were packed. This shows that people will chose public transit when gas prices get too high. Therefore, making the prices reflect their true ecological costs would help to increase the use of public transit and hopefully improve service, which would again increase ridership. Before we knew it, the transit system would be so good that no one would have cars. The city would be safe, clean, and pedestrian-friendly.
Less should be done to accommodate single-car drivers (highway expansions, etc.) and more should be done to encourage methods of transportation that improve everyone's life, not just those who own cars. Making gas prices reflect true costs would not only show the great impact cars have on our environment but it might also improve public transit in many cities. 

Brian Bradley,
Nova Scotia,
April 11, 2000
"Should gas prices continue to rise until they reflect the true (ecological
cost of driving?" Yes.   
Gas powered vehicles should be replaced by (Ballard) Fuel Cell-equipped
vehicles by the end of 2000.

Lis van Berkel
Nova Scotia, 
April 11, 2000
Yes, gas prices should rise to reflect the real cost of using non-renewal,
non-sustainable fuels. But with a caveat: I'm not yet entirely informed,
but I understand that when the prices are high in the way they recently
were/are, it's a boon for the oil-producers because it's a rise engineered
by them not by environmentalists.

Victoria L. Ridler,
Nova Scotia, 
April 11, 2000
Yes, but then no-one (or almost no-one) would drive. 
It would be great, but I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon.


Jan Slakov
Nova Scotia
April 11, 2000
I think gas prices should indeed rise to reflect costs associated with fossil fuel consumption. However, this must be done in a way that is as fair and helpful as possible. Merely raising prices would simply mean that more people would have no real means of transportation or heating, etc. and other wealthy people could still burn lots of fossil fuels. We need to spend money on public transportation and facilitating the transition from reliance on cars to reliance on public transportation. We also need to find ways to require less transportation and heating to begin with.  
The government has an important role to play here. It should raise fossil fuel prices, yes, but it must put in place programs which will help people switch to reducing energy consumption and replacing fossil fuel dependence with renewable energy sources.

Terry Mulcahy
Nova Scotia
April 11, 2000
Yes, I think gas prices should rise. Petroleum is a limited resource. I am
always amazed at the howling over the price of gas as I watch single
occupants of SUVs and upscale min-vans roll by. No mercy!

Marcus Garnet, Planner, Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 11, 2000
Yes I think gas prices should be allowed to continue to rise.  This is a reality check from the market, and we should let it correct our gas-guzzling, wasteful and lazy car-dependent lifestyle!  The car has its place, but we have reached a stage where we are serving the car rather than the car serving us.  It's time for sustainable alternatives.
Kelly MacDonald
Dartmouth, NS
April 11, 2000
Absolutely.  The full cost of driving, reflected in the price of gas, would go a long way in discouraging excessive luxury transportation, and would provide opportunity to demonstrate the economic viability and social and environmental advantages of alternative transport methods.  Until private car/truck transport becomes prohibitively expensive, the consumer masses will not be moved towards the alternatives like biking, mass transit, walking, etc.

Paul Lindgreen
Halifax, NS
April 11, 2000
Sure, sounds good to me. It will hasten the advance of other fuel
sources and more efficient developements in those that use gas 
i.e.  the gas electric cars soon to hit mass production.

Paul A. Falvo
Halifax, NS
April 11, 2000
No ... they should be set higher than their "real" cost. 
The excess should be used as a tax to fund bike paths 
and public transit.

Geb E. Marett
School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University
Halifax NS
April 11, 2000


Gas Prices have been artificially low for years - anyone with a reasonable understanding of resource issues should understand that these items must reflect close to their true ecological price if we are going to get anywhere with alternative energy and transportation (or urban/rural and community planning) issues.  It took a jolt in the 1970s to get from huge gas guzzlers to smaller cars - it will take the same impetus to drive the next change.  I am more than willing to pay $3-5 dollars a litre.  The only reason I own a care is because society dictates that I need this in order to take advantage of all opportunities.  If this were not the case, I would dump my car in a second.

Paul Martin,
Waterford, NB
April 4, 2000
Although using gas isn't a good thing, I run a business and when I have to make deliveries it gets expensive! Unlike the cities I live in the country, we don't have the same kind of transportation as places like Southern Ontario, like the go
service, and or public transport. So for the average person it's costly, if you show me a different way to do it with less expense, great! Until then bring down the prices so I can eat...

Peggy Woolsey
Mar 26, 2000
Sure do!  Does anybody know what petrol sells for in European countries?
I believe it is substantially higher.

Brad Smith, 
Kellerton, Iowa

Mar 20, 2000
I also think that we should put our foot down and take charge...
we have to be up front, power to the people!!!

George Murphy
Consumer Group for
FAIR Gas Prices

Mar 19, 2000
We have a refinery here in Newfoundland that because of the likes of the ATLANTIC ACCORD, and the restrictive covenancy placed on it's sale by Petro-Canada, cannot sell its fuels to the rest of the country, and in its stead, goes south of the border. The fuel MEETS CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS REQUIRE- MENTS, and is sold there for our equivalent of 39 cents per liter.  Average sulfur emissions in Canada show levels of 550 parts per million, while in CA, fuels there average 30 parts per million. Ontario averages 330 parts per...  All this info is available in "the Liberal Report on Gasoline Pricing in Canada "released in June 1998.    Besides throwing our own resources to fulfill needs south of the border ,we are placing undo strain on our young, and our Healthcare System complicating things like childhood asthma .We could be taking the estimated 15 billion dollars that is estimated can be saved and put it into other areas to help ourselves, import our own fuels, and help ourselves to cheaper prices ,but this takes POLITICAL WILL.... something we are lacking..    Visit our site
Janik Lamontagne
Mar 19, 2000
While I Agree that the price of gas is higher in Great Britain, France, Germany and many other European countries it is interesting to know that the quality of their gas is also higher. The octane index of their regular gas is roughly the same as our super. So while you initially pay more for your gas you make more miles per  gallon, you don't pollute as much, and you maintain your car in much better shape (avoiding costly car repairs). What I am really against is the fact that the price of  gas in Canada keeps on going up but the quality is not. I would not mind paying more for a good quality product. It seems that the price hike as no end in site.  Eventually it might even be as expansive as European countries to buy our gas. But do you think gas companies will offer us a better product. The answer is a resounding NO! Furthermore I don't believe that once the price of gas goes up it will come down again. So once again big corporations will profit from Canadians because we put up and don't complain too much about what they do to us. We don't stand together! It's about time we do something about that. We need a consumer coalition that will unite Canadians once a for all. Lets stand together! 
Rose Woolacott,
Tory Hill, Ont 
Mar 17,2000
The government should get the hint enough is enough. Us working poor of this country can only do so much to contribute to this economy.  Gouging us at the gas pumps where it hurt the most. I work as an home support worker and it affects my budget as I don't get paid anymore for my mileage or fuel costs. A break somewh- ere would be greatly appreciated. Not everybody can make money the easy way.
Kirsten Cadieux, Sierra Youth Coalition, 
Toronto, ON
Mar 17, 2000
Let's take GAS OUT day (April 7-9) and make it CAR OUT day! Let's take advantage of the indignation of all those people over gas prices, and let them know what they SHOULD be paying! People are really upset over gas price -- let's use
this as an opportunity to find alternatives (car pools, biking, etc.) -- don't drive at all on April 7-9, or all week if you can!

Brad Smith
Mar 17, 2000
I think gas is totally not cool! The prices are not right and there is nothing we can really do but protest. Everyday people are spending millions of dollars on gas...

Lena Warrington
Mar 17, 2000
My personal concern has always been that if gas prices go up and up, only the rich will be able to afford to drive on our expensive tax-based highways system.
The answer lies in a larger solution: pressure governments to subsidize solar cars, etc., and tax the polluting industries. Don't punish the little guy.

Peter Shepherd
Univer. of Toronto
Mar 15, 2000
Yes, they should continue to rise


Carol Roderick
St. Francis Xavier
Mar 15, 2000
If oil prices rose to reflect their true ecological price, the world would be in a sort of social and economic crisis. We would be forced to use our creativity and innovativ- eness to come up with a more environmentally responsible alternative to oil, allowing us, with time, to progress towards a more sustainable system of food and
product transport. Perhaps we could revert to using rail to transport our food, which is both more economical and environmentally sound than using trucks. I hope that the price of oil, as well as other natural resources, increases so that environmental and ecological costs are internalized, and consumers are given more of a chance to make sound consumption decisions.

Darlene Clover PhD
Toronto, Ontario
Mar 15, 2000
Yes they should. But also, the government should put the taxes from petrol into 'alternative technology' research and support. We have the creative ideas out there, just not the political support!

Mike N.
Mar 15, 2000

Definitely, but it is a mistake to let all the money involved be absorbed by the petro- leum industry. Even if they use the windfall to develop and promote wind and solar, it will be for their own selfish ends and only secondarily the good of society. The resource we are squandering is the legacy of everyone and shouldn't be allowed to generate extreme powering one narrow sector.  Also on oil, there is much of critical importance at:   Good question.
Ken Willis
Mar 15, 2000
Yes, I think gas prices should reflect the total cost of production - without subsidies - plus the cost of the damage it causes. This last is very hard to measure. 

David Hahn
Mar 14, 2000
Yes, they should continue to rise

Victor Lau
Mar 13, 2000
Yes. I think gas prices should continue to rise. this would create a doubly positive solution; not only would consumers be paying the true costs of driving a car, but perhaps the citizens would finally rise up and overthrow their oppressors.
By the way, I drive a car.

Jean-Michel Steph
12 mars, 2000
eh bien moi je pense qu'il faut laisser la nature agir . Ne pas s'opposer à elle en creeant des machines qui dégagent des gazes toxiques , si toxique qu'il pourrait tous  nous liquider  . Ma solution est la suivante : avoir une (top secret) bon je vous laisse buy SKIVER

Benoît Bérubé
Ottawa, ON
10 mars, 2000
Personnellement, je trouve que la hausse du prix de l'essence actuelle ne fait aucun sens... autre que d'enrichir les producteurs... et les gouvernements (par le biais des taxes).  Si le but de la hausse de l'essence était de forcer une conversion à des systèmes moins polluants, il faudrait que ce soit clairement le cas et que le retour en arrière ne soit pas possible. Les revenus supplémentaires engendrés par les hausses
devraient alors être retournés dans la recherche, la transition vers et l'adaptation aux nouveaux systèmes.   
Or présentement, elle est nulle, la proportion de ces revenus accrus qui retournent dans la recherche pour la protection de l'environnement.   Ce qui se passe d'après moi, c'est exactement le contraire. La hausse ne fait que gonfler le prix du brut, rendant rentable l'exploitation de puits plus marginaux (le pétrole off-shore, etc.). À terme, j'entrevois encore plus de problèmes écologiques par cette hausse des prix, considérant les dangers du forage en mer, les problèmes de transport, etc. On a vu des exemples durant le temps des fêtes sur la côte ouest de l'Europe. Ce qui paraît être plus écologique (la hausse des prix) l'est moins en dernière analyse (parce qu'elle rend rentable, ou financièrement intéressant, le pétrole marginal lequel prés- ente des risques écologiques encore plus grands).
Et ce n'est pas tout!
Entretemps, les hausses créent des inégalités sociales et des instabilités énormes qui, si elles devaient continuer, pourraient entraîner à la longue des conflits majeurs et peut-être des morts. Les milliers de camionneurs à travers le monde qui gagnent durement leur vie ont de plus en plus de mal à joindre les deux bouts. Ils ne sont pas responsables de la situation, mais ils ont besoin de gagner leur vie et de faire vivre leur famille. Si la situation en vient au point où ils vont tout perdre, certain seront tentés par la violence -- ou y succomberont. Je pense qu'il faut être très prudent dans ce domaine.  Une vraie politique de l'énergie ne s'improvise pas à partir d'une simple hausse du prix du pétrole.

Tegan Wong,
Falls Brook Centre,
Mar 8, 2000

As unpopular as it may be, especially given the current rage surrounding high gas prices, I would be in full support of paying for the true costs of our fossil fuels. However, I am not in support of simply paying more to a cartel of oil companies so that they can divvy up the profits amongst their shareholders and the like. Nor am I in support of a higher government tax levy on the price of gasoline that will simply be put into general revenues. What I would like to see is a full break down of what the full environmental costs associated with each litre of gas used: such as increased air pollution, green house gas production, water contamination - these are directly linked to our use of fossil fuels. But what about those impacts which are related to our car driven society? Every year we lose more prime agricultural land to urban sprawl, this is most evident around the Toronto area with more commuter suburbs springing up every year. What about traffic congestion and increased parking lot development pressures? 
To make a long rant short. I think we do need to pay the full environmental cost for the fuel we consume but let's be open about where the money is going. If we are going to pay more, I want to see the money go directly into funding for public trans- portation development and subsidies for users of the SMT, Via Rail and other mass transportation - to support those who chose not to use their cars and those who do not have cars. Funding for environmental initiatives: protected land strategies, altern- ative employment development in oil producing communities, support for alternative energy sources, and full recognition of impacts of oil development and refining and use.
Pay more for gas? Yes... but with transparency and responsible use of the money.

March 8, 2000
Technology has been in place for many many years to replace the internal comb- ustion engine and reduce or totally eliminate emissions. However, the wealth and greed of large corporations connected to the oil industry, and yes, our government, who stand to milk extra millions of dollars from people like you and I, with their HST compounding tax on tax, would rather ruin our world than implement this emission reducing technology. Making statements such as "the gas prices are too low" are only hurting those that can lease afford it, and actually sound like a slogan promoted by these companies and government. Until an alternate fuel is in place, and readily available, your are not addressing the problem, but simply placing a band-aid over the resulting problem. If you want to wave a flag, legislate the return of selective cutting of our forests to a minimum stump size of 8" diameter. Outlaw harvesters and skidders. Petition government to promote the use of propane and give tax breaks for those who use it and abandon use of liquid gasoline. Promote the development of hydrogen fuel, which has already been developed, and which, when burned as fuel, produces H2O(water). But, please don't promote the escal- ation of fuel prices to try and reduce consumption. This has been tried before, and has been proven to be ineffective. Further, gasoline is still being burned, and climate damaging emissions are still being produced. Further, you are fueling the inflationary index, and making the climate ripe for escalating interest rates. Is this what you really wish to happen? Better think at least twice before going down that road.
Pascoal Gomes
March 8, 2000
Lower gasoline prices represent an incentive against the development of alternative sources of energy ! The "Don't buy gasoline...April 7-9th " (gas-out) has some sense only to the extent that it should last ALL year in order to force governments, the auto-industry and the energy-industry to adopt proactive strategies in favor of alternative energies.  Environmentalists have plenty of other priority issues to address in order to reduce the impacts of climate change, to prevent Canadian forests from the worst, to balance out the weight of WTO and to reverse the trend of free-trade without global representation or social and environmental considerations (and so on)... Focus-on friends !
Mark Connell
Sussex, NB
March 7, 2000
Of course fuel prices should rise to meet the environmental costs, but the rise should be done in conjunction with the establishment of mass transit, the railways and done in a manner that it hits the well-to-do, more than the low income folks. Also the revenues should be used for cleaning up the mess already made. Tax shifting which is a good idea, has in a sense been accomplished (although no-one will say that is the case) where we have next year a lower income tax and at the same time higher HST revenue at the pumps. The dillemna is how do you look after the truckers and others who have been caught in the squeeze. We should show compassion for the guys who make there livings trucking but an honest government should advise them that the long term will involve more piggy backing, more local agricultural and manufacturing self sufficiency, shorter runs etc.
Barbara Strong
Moncton, N.B.
March 6, 2000
I agree that price of gasoline cannot dip down as it has this past year, or major problems would develop. There are a couple of things I’d like to add, though.
First, let me say that it is true North American families have taken the possession of vehicles to the extreme, most having 2 cars, and some more. The Maritime provinces, alone, own over 300,000 cars! And those select few, who are able to afford more pricey vehicles, do tend to lean towards 4X4’s, or a car with 6 cylinders, with the more powerful of engines. These vehicles burn gas quicker than say, an older car, but the new 4X4 provides better standards for our environment, of the 2, having passed rigorous pollutant emission tests, and these more efficient engines are getting more fuel for the gallon than they were even 5 years ago. Though this isn’t enough, it is a start. As well, Honda has just recently introduced the first Hydrogen running vehicle which is on the market now! (Now we can work on using up another (less pollutant) resource). Though fossil fuels are being used up faster than they are able to be produced, it will be a rude awakening when it inevitably does. Fossil fuel will continue to be produced, but it will take, oh I don’t know, another 10,000 years, or so.  In terms of pollution in N.A, anyone driving through the 12 laner through Montreal can see the rising smog problem looming over our heads. Even on a clear day, you see dark, brown smog hanging over the city. It is a fact that we in the Maritimers get so much precipitation on weekends because of the pollution given off by commuters on the eastern sea board of the U.S. through- out the week previous.   The society in which we live, does allow us to own several cars, and doesn’t leave us feeling guilty for driving to the corner store because it is faster, or because it is raining. As well, many jobs insist you have a means of transportation to get to work, and they will not hire you. But if you take, for instance, the case of the poor (show sympathy here!) shift worker (me&#61514;), whose only option when heading to work at midnight is to drive her car, or take a taxi, the first option is much more economical. Busses don’t run at this hour, and it’s just not safe to walk.   It has become a luxury, where we can sleep that extra 30 minutes in the morning, knowing we don’t have to catch a bus, or bike to work in the morning.
There are some attempts at getting people to realize the hazards of pollution. There is a ‘walk or bike to work’ day, in the summer, where people are enticed to take another means of transportation to work that doesn’t rely on anything other than food to get you there.  I know specific countries in Europe, where families are handed out a colored card. There are 7 colors, one on each card.  Each day of the week has a specific color. (i.e. – Mondays would be red, Tuesday’s would be blue….etc) Then, only people with a red card, can drive their car on Mondays. And so on. This makes sense when you look at the car population in even a small city like Moncton, at rush hour. There is a line up to get on the bridge for over a half hour!  This being said, I must say this. Maybe having gas prices rise the way we have just witnessed will cause people to realize there is a gas shortage. Hopefully people will not be willing to ‘waste’ their gas, and reserve what they do have.

Marc Casas
Mississauga, ON
March 5, 2000

Nothing but good things have happened to me since the price of gas went up. I drive 140 Km a day to and from work and all I know is that, I'd pay over a 1.00 a liter to keep all the Trucks and SUVs and other gas guzzlers off the road. My travel time and ware and tare on the car have gone way down since the trucks got off the road. Really, we pay close to half of what other countries pay not including the states ie. Europe and Australia. And as far as the transfer of goods, they will find another more Environmentally friendly way of transporting goods I'm sure of it. Something else I don't understand is people want a gas out, but they don't mention having a "take the bus day" or a "walk to work day". It doesn't bother the gas companies any if you buy 4 days worth of gas in one day and then go without for 3  it all adds up to they same thing!! I just don't get it.
McSheffery, N.B.
Mar. 4, 2000
For the information of the person who wrote the comment below, the government collects billions in gasoline tax dollars now and very little of it actually goes into roads and the environment. Until we have responsible government, any increase in the price of gasoline as far as taxes go, is just feeding the political waste that is so prevalent now.
Tonya Canning,
March 3, 2000
That is a very nice idea, but until wages reflect the true (amount of) work done, it's just going to cut into thinks like, oh I don't know, food, heat, daycare etc.  It's kind of like democracy, the idea works on a theoretical level, but try to put it in practice and you get a lot of upset folks.  
Roland Chiasson, Sabine Dietz
Tabusintac, NB
3 mars, 2000

OUI!!!! Ça va encourager d'autres sources d'energie 
moins pius que l'essence à sortir...

Jason Blanch

March 3, 2000
Let them soar!!!
I happen to be in Antigua, Guatemala where all the gas stations have stopped selling gas today in response to the government's increase in gas prices!!
The air is much cleaner here than usual!  There is the inequality between rich and poor to consider. Too bad for the poor like me. Let the price reflect the eco- footprint, the rich will get it in the increase cost of shipping their stuff around and the birds will be happy. Those are my thoughts! Cheers from the south!

Marc-André Villeneuve, 
du Madawaska
3 mars, 2000
Je suis content d'exprimer mon opinion sur les prix de l'essence. Je dois dire que les hausses de prix, même s'ils me font mal financièrement, me réjouissent. En effet, je crois que des coûts plus élevés conduisent à une réduction de la consommation. Au rythme de consommation planétaire, nous arriverons probablement, d'ici quarante
ans, à une pénurie de carburant fossile. Ce qui veut dire aussi une pollution atmosphérique correspondante. Oui, je suis tout à fait d'accord que le prix de l'essence augmente jusqu'à atteindre le véritable prix écologique des transports. Il est temps plus que jamais de modifier nos comportements de super consommateur de carburant fossile. Télé-travail, télé-conférence, Internet, voilà quelques moyens
pour éviter certains déplacements...

Dave Robertson,
March 3, 2000
I think this is a good thing. If you look at what many countries in Europe have done - boosting taxes on gasoline- the result is smaller, more-fuel efficient cars, along with many more cars using alternative energies. Although, there should be subsidy programs for vehicles used as a means of income (ie. self-employed truckers using trucks that run on diesel).  There should also be other programs to cut down emissions. One is having "pollution police" like in Ontario. These police have the same authority as NB transportation police, however, these "pollution police" pull over vehicles for emissions tests. Cars that don't pass the test will be required to make appropriate repairs to the vehicle until it can pass emissions standards. Another program that is active in parts of the USA -- "pollution tax" on new vehicles purchased that are fuel inefficient (ie. large cars, SUVs, and pick-ups).
March 3, 2000
Obviously I don't condone a quick, dramatic increase in gas, because everyone depends on it and all are goods and services are effected by it. Previous discussions have concerned me because there have been no mention of the deeper issues, just a protest to oil companies about prices (As if they had raised them totally artificially). Perhaps they raised them too quickly, but they did do it for a reason: Gas on
the planet is running out!
The solution is to change our source of energy, but do it slowly and painlessly as possible. This current price hike should be a wake-up call to everyone that we must begin the process of change. Some public transit in Calgary is running on natural gas (which is a good first step towards changing the fuel we use, because it burns cleaner), but the petroleum industry is WAY too slow in switching over to it. Why is
that? They have the resources, power, and money to do it, just not the foresight and desire. If they're worried about their bottom line, don't they realize that if they don't change quickly enough that they'll have no product left to sell?  There are no quick solutions to the current problem, but at the very least it should not be viewed as a simple price increase, but the beginning of an energy crisis. A good path to follow in the future might be this. 
First every car should switch to natural gas. Then after 20 or so years we will have gas/hydrogen hybrid cars, with perhaps efficient electric cars for in-city driving. If we find a technology that can isolate hydrogen safely and cheaply, then many energy problems will be solved (except for our energy consumption habits. I admit, mine are there with many Canadians, which is too much).  Then we will have to give up our romance with owning our own cars. Toronto and Vancouver have started car-sharing programs, and hopefully this will quickly become more common (I can't wait until someone starts one in Calgary!) Cars will be incorporated into the public transit system, which will also have to improve in other ways (more frequent  serv- ice, for one, so that driving a car will seem more of a hassle in cities). Then perhaps we will mature beyond the notion that you are not part of the underclass by not owning a car.

Lou McMillan
Victoria, BC
March 2, 2000
I live in Victoria BC and the gas prices have skyrocketed like all other Provinces. I drive a gas eater but do concur that gas prices should continue to rise for the reasons discussed here. Perhaps the every day casual driver will be curtailed which would help us all. 
Matt Jonah, NB
March 2, 2000
I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth (How much of a litre of gas would that be?).  I do not want gas prices to stay low.
Ryan G.
Calgary, Alberta
March 2, 2000 
I do not want gas prices to stay low.
Although drastic changes in the price are never good, I'd rather see Canada and the US slowly raise the price of gas, just like they've done in most European countries. There they have added large amounts of tax to gas, using the collected tax for roads and the environment. The high price also deters people from thinking gas is a necessity like we do in North America, and maybe encourage other modes of transportation. Right now small, fuel efficient cars are not in fashion; instead most drive 4x4 SUV's on city streets because they are cool. In Calgary, traffic cong- estion has increased noticeably since I've moved here 6 years ago. You don't see much car pooling. Meanwhile the public transit system is lagging behind the growing population: the trains are overloaded at rush hour. So why not raise the tax on gas and put the money into public transportation?  I think many environmental hopefuls thought that we would be further in moving toward natural gas in cars by 2000, but that hasn't happened, and low gas prices aren't going to encourage it.
But the biggest change is societal values, especially the one that states that you are not an adult without owning your own car. Public Transport, like trains and car sharing programs, should be seen as responsible, not reserved for the "poor". I hope that these high prices will make people think "the earth is running out of gas", not just "let's hurry up and make it cheap again"

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