Perhaps my concern about the price and availability of future fuel results from my experience in 1973-74 when I made the daily commute from Everett to the University District. This was a thirty mile trip and, ahead of my time, I was a car pooler trading rides with two mates who worked in the same department. When OPEC and her friends got pissed that the USA was resupplying the Israelis they turned the spigot and our national supply of gasoline dried up. The result was long, long lines. You could only buy gas every other day using an odd/even system based on your license plate number. Even though our carpool had three shots at getting gas it was very stressful. We were each beginning our careers and we worked for a company that essentially did not accept excuses. Our days were long to start with because of the thirty mile commute. Hunting for gas made them even longer.
Our entire society is based on being able to get in our private passenger automobile and go where ever we want, whenever we want. It is not specious to ask if we will be able to do this forever. Our ability to continue our “way of life” will be based on three things: 1) availability of money, 2) availability of fuel and 3) having someplace we want to go.
These are all connected. If the economy goes totally in the dumpster there will be lots of fuel short term because of low demand. But, you might not have money to buy gas anyway because you don’t have a job, or your pension plan turned out to be an empty bucket or things are so chaotic that all you want to do is stay home and out of the way.
I’ve been touting Nicole Foss who will appear at the Grange on June 2 at 7:30pm. If you would like a preview of some of things Nicole (Stoneleigh) will talk about read this list of “40 Ways To Lose Your Future.” It’s quite chilling. Take a look at number 10, or number 18, or (good grief) number 35! She paints a grim picture of the future. If she’s only half right or even just ten percent right we have some planning to do. “40 Ways To Lose Your Future” make the 1973 Oil Crisis look like a blip and I’m still suffering from PTSD from that short experience. (I never come back to the island without having topped off my tank. My Coast Guard approved cans runneth over).
These four paragraphs lead up to my real point and that is: going to Gooseberry Point doesn’t make sense for the long term. Short term—no problem. Long term—big problem. There’s no place to wait in line for gas and it’s a long way from anywhere we really want to go. Right now, even I prefer it because you go right by the dump and it’s close to North Bellingham Golf Course. These are reasons that won’t make much sense to me in the future.