Chronicle poll results: High price of gas
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Chronicle poll results: High price of gas

We asked our readers if the high price of gas was causing them to rethink their driving habits. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Is the high price of gas making you rethink your driving habits?” Of the 205 people who responded, 49% said, “No” and 41% said “Yes.” Five percent of respondents said they weren’t sure and 4% said they don’t drive. Ninety-six people submitted comments. A few follow.

I’ve started considering alternative modes of transportation for when the weather gets warmer.

I will exclusively walk everywhere I need to go on Shabbat. No more car for me!

Life changer

What did we expect? It’s better having this than any of our soldiers involved.

Lucky to live in a walkable neighborhood like Squirrel Hill!

Willing to pay higher prices to obviate need for Russian gas and oil

If we have to even consider purchasing oil from Iran, a terrorist state, then there is something wrong, especially when we can boost our own production. It’s not Putin’s fault, it’s our own leadership. Quit blaming the wrong people.

There is no choice but to buy gas at the current price.

A small price to pay as we see the horrible situation unfolding in Ukraine.

I live in the suburbs and work in the city. I don’t have a choice since driving is the only way for me to commute to work and stores.

I will probably try to consolidate driving trips in order to conserve.

We need to return to energy independence asap.

The future is electric vehicles. I’m leasing one that gets an equivalent 97 miles to the “gallon,” and a “gallon of electricity” sourced from a 120-volt outlet in my garage costs about 13 cents a “gallon.” So, a 97-mile trip costs me 13 cents in fuel.

Retired. COVID. I go nowhere.

Even though I drive a hybrid that gets excellent gas mileage, I engage in the use of public transportation and bicycling as much as possible. Protecting life and repairing our world is the most Jewish way to live. Higher gas prices help stimulate that. The end of privately-owned automobiles, or at least ones that were very heavily taxed, would be a major social good.

I think it’s great that gas prices are up and I hope it motivates more people to drive less. I think spending time driving around in our individual cars make our city a less friendly, less livable and less sustainable place.

Let’s worry about the Ukrainians’ safety and not about paying an extra $20 a month for gas! Be thankful that we are safe in the USA!

I am a saver who has always done what I can to minimize my use of fuel, especially now. I can afford to pay ridiculous amounts of money for gas, but feel for the many who cannot. I am semi-retired, working exclusively from home indefinitely, which minimizes the amount of gas that I must purchase. When I want to travel a distance — for example, to a favorite restaurant — I am not going to deny myself that pleasure. I want to enjoy the fruits of my labors. My wife often reminds me that I cannot take it with me. We do not know how many tomorrows we will have. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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