With the average price of gas at roughly three bucks per gallon, more than half of the US population will be forced into prostitution to pay for their minivan fuel. (And you know some of those people are probably ugly.) The main culprit here is the media-how many reports like this one have you seen that focus on near-suicidal drivers filling up? Lots, that's how many.
Why You Should Blow It Off
Once again, the fat, whiney American consumer has it made compared to the rest of the world. In major cities like London, Paris, Berlin, Oslo and Hong Kong, gas tops six bucks a gallon-twice the cost of gas Stateside. When we bitch and moan about high gas prices, it's roughly the same as bitching about how the Starbucks barista girl forgot to give you soy milk in your mochafrappulattechino. Just be thankful you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Literally.
What You Should Actually Be Pissing Your Pants About
There's plenty of oil-related non-bullshit to be scared about; just don't let the media get you fired up about the price of gas. How about the fact that carbon emissions are about to turn the 677,676-square-mile Greenland Ice Sheet into a giant, extinction-flavored Slurpee?