Commentary

Alan Pisarski–We’ll adjust to rising gas prices

We’re not the only ones crazy enough to point out that Americans will be rationale in their response to rising gas prices. Alan Pisarski, author of Commuting in America III, points out the same thing in a recent post on Forbes.com’s blog. Alan notes:

The way we drive will change in the short run [as gas prices rise], and technology will come to the rescue in the long run, just as it has before. But those who predict that the automobile era is over should remember that most excursions have a goal that is valued by both the trip maker and society at large–be it a trip to Grandma’s house or a trip to work. In fact, in economic hard times, some of those trips become even more critical. The age of the automobile has a long time to go.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.