Short term memory loss

imageA lable, or a directive? Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Recent news is that auto sales are up, and once again pick up trucks lead the way. At the same time, oil prices are as low as they have been in years. We can debate the factors that lead to these low prices, but the take away is that we seem to suffer from short term memory loss. As soon as oil, and gas prices show signs of a downward trend we  revert to our old habits and buy the gas guzzling pick-up tucks* and over sized SUVs we can’t seem to do without. How are we ever going to reduce our oil dependency if we can’t learn that eventually gas price prices will go up, and up, and up?

*Yes, I understand that a percentage of these trucks are for a long over due replacement of a fleet of work trucks; trucks that have needed replacing but construction slow downs have prevented due to the slow economy. However, Americans are enamoured of the pick-up even when it’s capabilities aren’t really needed, and we pay the penalty in poorer fuel economy, and in my opinion large SUVs fall into the same catagory.

Olympus OMD EM5 with 20mm f1.7 lens processed with Snapseed on my iPad Air.


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