Gas Hits Five Dollars a Gallon In California, The End Times Draw Ever More Near

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Although AAA of California is reporting some drivers are now paying $4 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, local Cali station KSBW found gas stations in Gorda, south of Big Sur, currently charging $5 per gallon for gas. While that's obviously an isolated occurrence, the average price is getting pretty high up the cost meter. For instance in Salinas, AAA recorded an average of $3.39 per gallon. Santa Cruz is at an average of $3.37 per gallon. Yes, the gas prices in California are always higher than elsewhere in the country, but this is getting ridiculous. Something must be done! Oh, Toyota — please come and save us. If they only could get every individual in the United States to drive a Prius — then all we'd have to worry about is cows farting. Also, we'd be living in a fantasy. (Hat tip to SwatLax!) [via KSBW]

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@jakay11:

"Then how do you get to work?

I don't want to live near where I work (nor could I afford to, with the

'cheap' homes hovering in the +$1.5M range...) There is no mass transit.

I can walk to the train station where I live, but the nearest train at

work is 15mi away, est. ride time 2hrs...There are no busses.should I

walk the 50mi or ride a bike?"

Then move closer to where the train is. But you're telling us there

is nothing... absolutely nothing... that is closer than a 2 hour train

ride away that is reasonably priced? I find that hard to believe. Where

the hell do you work?

"Oh, my car averages ~32mpg, but that's still a tank per wk. (at 100mi /day)."

Trade your car in for a Prius, Civic Hybrid, VW TDI or a used 3 cyl

Geo Metro. You could also buy a moped and drive it in the spring,

summer and autumn.