Before I start writing about gas prices, I owe my loyal readers an apology. For days, you've been coming to this website, and for days, you've seen the same article. I'm truly sorry if I've let you down, and I humbly ask you to continue having faith in me and my blog. The reason I haven't been writing much is because my grandmother is in the hospital and the last week has been hectic. Now, without further ado, let's talk energy.
Here in Sault Ste. Marie, as you see in the picture, the price of a liter of gas at most stations are one tenth of a cent away from the $1.45 mark. Prices haven't been this high in many, many, many months. Just last month, according to www.ontariogasprices.com, a liter of gas was $1.29.
Sixteen cents may not seem like much to you, but the average vehicle holds between 50-70 liters. Say your vehicle has a 55 liter gas tank. To those that use imperial measurements, that's 14.5 gallons. So a month ago, it took $70.95 to fill up your car. Now, in a sizable amount of cities in the province, no, in the entire country of Canada (except Alberta, where gas is almost ALWAYS under $1.30,) it would cost $79.75. Those pennies, dimes and nickels, they add up. In an economy that still isn't 100% stable, money is something people shouldn't just be throwing away.
So, will gas prices go down? YES. Experts are telling the national media that Canadians should expect relief by summer. Will gas prices go back down below $1.30? Not really. The world's gas supply is shrinking, demand is growing. It costs more for the big companies to drill deeper. Absolutely gas prices will gradually go up. Yes, this week was an unusual spike. Yes, prices will go down for now, but remember, it wasn't too long ago Canadians were paying less than a dollar for gas. In 2010, gas prices were 95 cents a liter. You will NEVER, EVER, EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER see that again. EVER. It's impossible. Unless...
Well... The world could always buy cars that run on resources other than gas. Ethanol. In Brazil, the nation does not rely on foreign countries to supply their fuel. No. The Brazilians supply their own fuel. Ethanol is made out of SUGAR. The South American nation harvests crops, and they make fuel for their cars out of those sugar crops. ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD CAN DO THIS. ANY COUNTRY. The world can run on ethanol.
It's a cleaner alternative to gas. That would be the solution to bring gasoline prices back under a dollar. Stop using gas. Use ethanol. Sure, there aren't many ethanol fuel stations, but eventually governments will want to steer their countries into using less energy to preserve the planet,so I predict that in the next decade, ethanol will be introduced into the wider fuel market. The world would be a better place. A greener place. A more peaceful place. Nobody has to go to war over gas. Just grow sugar. Grow the economy by hiring farmers to harvest the sugar, there will be more harvesters than oil rig workers. It's a good idea. Ethanol energy, it really is the future, friends. It really will happen. And soon.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.