gas crisis? what gas crisis?

Paul Brooks made the following telling observation worth broadcasting more broadly on the Preserving the Amercian Dream list serve (yahoo! groups) the other day:

Amazing to consider that the cost of gasoline is still so cheap that an 88 mile trip has only increase in cost from $13.24 to $17.86, or at $4.62 less than I frequently see people’s bill for coffee and a roll at Starbucks. Or less than a typical economy lunch at a burrito stand here in Berkeley Ca. And far less than the subsidy for most train trips of this length. No wonder most of us drive.