Hooray for high gas prices?I've been told I should be ecstatic about the national and global rise in oil prices. As a Green and as an advocate for non-automobile forms of transportation, I should be happy that higher gas prices are pushing people to drive less. I should even be bragging about how this vindicates my decision to not own a car. After all, the only people this punishes are the insufferable SUV-driving yuppy types. The only people who suffer are the keeping-up-with-the-Joneses suburbanites who deserve to pay for the sprawl they've inflicted on the rest of us. Am I happy people are driving less and, heaven forbid, walking/biking/taking public transportation more? Absolutely. Am I clucking with self-satisfied glee about sticking it to the well-off? Not exactly. Maybe because it's not the well-off who are suffering the most.
Update: Not just the yuppies