Gas Prices Cramping Your Style?
The Virginia creeper and kudzu has new competition, rising gas prices in Virginia. Gas at Sheets in the beginning of March was 2.08 a gallon, now the price has moved upward to 2.45.The National average is now 2.51 according to yahoo. And they are reporting that some experts are predicting by the summer prices could again reach that dreadful 3.00 mark.
Oddly, if you go to Roanoke the price of gas runs about 10 cents cheaper. Why we are gouged 10 cents more is beyond me. We are about an equal distance from the distribution center.
Today, ethanol is in its infancy. Tomorrow, it may have a huge impact on the price of fuel.
Yahoo also reports:
"High prices will spur more ethanol production — there are 33 new plants under construction — but some minor near-term complications can be expected due to the rapid increase in demand, said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association and the author of the letter sent to the Energy Department."
There are some snafus and glitches with distribution, but those are going to be worked out. What is interesting, while our oil refineries are aging, new ethanol plants are on the rise. You do not have to put your finger in the wind to figure out the direction we are headed. Ethanol is here to stay.
Ahead of the curve, right now is Royal Chevrolet, and corndog aka Ken Woods , they are already offering duel fuel use vehicles. And they will point you to where you can buy the fuel. If you visit corndog's site, you can get an education on what ethanol will mean to us in the near future.
Ethanol is not the only solution to the present oil crisis. In Iceland they plan to end their oil dependency completely. They are going for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and already many fuel stations offer the non polluting option as an alternative.
In the early 1900's vehicles were powered by steam, electricity, and gasoline. Gasoline won out then, but now we are back to redrawing what form our future transportation will take. And in the United States ethanol is taking the lead.