Speaking of energy costs and looking at the huge chunk of wasted energy in getting to work, here is an article which indicates a positive trend:
GM to close four plants, may unload Hummer line
In addition, Wagoner said GM was reviewing the Hummer brand and could sell the military-derived SUV line, which has become synonymous with gas-guzzling excess.
"U.S. economic and market conditions have become significantly more difficult," Wagoner said, adding higher gasoline prices have caused consumers to swap out of trucks and SUVs faster than the automaker had expected.
This tells us that the automakers really aren't on the same page when it comes to environmental efficiencies, particularly in the US (Japanese automakers for a long time have been making much more fuel efficient cars...stating the obvious...so they are far ahead of the US right now). It is both disturbing and amusing at the same time. Of course I don't feel too bad for anyone who's bought a gas guzzler recently, but there are many who are making a decision to buy and this will help them realize they need a much more efficient vehicle.
There is also talk again about a 4-day work week. This is 20% gas savings right off the top. Now work 2 days at home and 2 days in the office and you save 60%!!!! How hard is that to manage? Not hard for me...or my manager...but as you go up the food chain, the big heads think they have a problem with that and are resistant to change. Time will take care of them, too (as the younger generation gains decision-making power).
--- on the subject of posting about posting ---
I would like to suggest that people just start a topic rather than saying "hey, let's start a topic" because it's like asking to play a game of cards but not having a deck. We can "take it where we want" at any time. I'd like to think there are others who enjoy more than just casual conversation ... but people have different experiences and views of what a "discussion forum" or "board" is supposed to be. I can observe what is the consensus, but I have never stuck to any norm.
I'm sometimes reluctant to engender discussions of more complexity (beyond just the boat and bands), because people seem to stick to one-liners and jokes about each other instead of more diverse topics. More like "casual distractions" and "remedial humor" versus anything of significant density. Heavy, deep and real...not light enough?
Yeah, this is the Jamcruise forum, so if it's not about Jamcruise, there are plenty of other forums for deep discussions. I'm hoping over time we can learn from each other...challenging us to think..maybe change our habits? I tend to believe if we can exemplify what we want society to be like, we can hope to make positive change outside of our "insulated" environment.
Anyhow, who has changed their travel style to use less gas? Let's take it simple...who uses mass transit or bikes to work? Maybe I'll put up another poll...those are always fun (if they're crafted well).