$20 Per Gallon; how expensive gasoline will change our lives for the better

Frosty Wooldridge book review of $20 Per Gallon


By Frosty Wooldridge
September 21, 2009

Part 2: A book review

Chris Steiner’s book, $20 PER GALLON, methodically illustrates how American society, in fact, world societies will change as the price of gasoline inevitably rises to $20 a gallon. Many may scream, “What about the 100 years of reserves in the Bakken Fields, or the ocean floor off of Alaska and more fields in the Gulf of Mexico?”

Again, emotions and sheer hearsay drive such hopeful myths. You may call the author a cretin, but the coming rises in the price of a gallon of gas cannot and will not be mitigated by hysteria. Again, as a teenager, I once bought gasoline at 19 cents a gallon in a gas war! If the Bakken fields held such vast quantities of oil as purported—you would see 19 cents a gallon again! Not!

With clever ingenuity, Steiner titles his chapters from Chapter $5 all the way to Chapter $20. He methodically illustrates how each of us will be affected by the costs of a gallon of gas. He advances some positive aspects of bettering humanity as prices rise.

“Oil prices enabled the SUV to thrive, but they will ultimately bury the SUV in its grave,” Steiner said. “Americans will, at long last, embrace diesel when gas reaches $6 a gallon. At the same time, $6 a gallon will mean fewer lives lost to crumpled steel and unyielding pavement.”

Steiner states that people will drive less, slower, smarter and wiser. Already in 2008 with $4.50 a gallon, Americans drove 100 billion less miles than they drove in 2007.

“Assuming the prices are sustained for a year at $4.00 a gallon, that would save 1,000 lives every month,” Steiner said. “That’s 12,000 people annually, almost a third of those killed on U.S. roads every year. At $6 a gallon, 15,600 lives will be saved and at $7 a gallon, 20,000 lives will be saved.” Currently, 44,000 Americans lose their lives on our highways annually.

When it comes to good health, Steiner said that rising prices will mean a trimmer America. Fat people, and America owns the record for obesity at 150 million plus, will walk or ride a bike. Obesity costs Americans $117 billion annually in early mortality and medical expenses.

“High gas prices will clean up our skies, clear our vistas and scrub our lungs,” Steiner said. “$6 gas will spark an infrastructure revolution and the era of widespread tolling. The yellow school bus will disappear from America’s roads. High prices will temper the major league travelling in youth sports. Police will patrol on foot.”

But hang onto your hats! At $8 a gallon, air travel will become quite constricted. In fact, Steiner said, “The skies will empty. When gas inevitably climbs to $8 a gallon, the airline carnage will be vast and it will come swiftly. When gas prices reach $8, airline carries will be throwing down 60 percent of their operating costs to fuel. That cannot be sustained. The ultimate contraction awaits. The airline dinosaurs will meet their asteroid deaths.”

Once the airlines cannot service Las Vegas, Vail, Aspen and Jackson Hole ski areas—as well as many other pricy resorts in the Caribbean—we will see major changes in the economy. When you cannot pay air fare to Disneyworld, those attractions will become extinct. Most college bound teens will see their school choices shrink drastically.

“Gas prices of $10 a gallon may seem far away, but if you look at the fundamentals of the world’s supplies, and the certainty of rising demands, it’s a number we will almost definitely see within the next 10 years,” Steiner said. “At the same time, plug-in hybrids will form the bridge we need to an electric car world.”

A man named Shai Agassi heads up Better Place, a company he founded to solve the logistical riddles facing electric cars in a world and infrastructure built for gasoline. “We don’t have a choice,” he said. “We either do this, or we suffer the catastrophic failures of economic ruin and global climate change.”

Steiner said, “Converting our personal transportation platform from one based on gasoline to one powered by electricity is one of the most imperative measures we will take in shaping a sustainable future for our country and for the global civilization as a whole. This will not be an easy transition. Car ownership will plummet at $10 a gallon. People will end up forfeiting their cars altogether. Traffic flows on major arteries will ebb and the side effects that began to take hold at $6 gas—fewer crash deaths, less pollution, less obesity—will be firing in full force at $10 gas.”

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With rising gas prices, Steiner says we will face another big change: plastics! That pesky invention created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, trash all over the planet and more gadgets than humans can handle.

Part 3: Finding out what will happen when gas rises from $12 to $20 a gallon. Back to basics for food, for water for living.

Listen to Frosty Wooldridge on Wednesdays as he interviews top national leaders on his radio show “Connecting the Dots” at http://www.themicroeffect.com at 6:00 PM Mountain Time. Adjust tuning in to your time zone.

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33 Responses to $20 Per Gallon; how expensive gasoline will change our lives for the better

  1. pluto the dog says:

    It will be like the middle ages- we will be stuck fast where ever we live unable to move about- the end of mobility. The state will monitor and control our access to communication- in effect we will be prisoners in our homes. Toad of Toad Hall lauded the joys of motoring and the limitless freedom it conferred! The state hates freedom.

  2. Mr. Rational says:

    Among the ironies, Better Place elected to liquidate earlier this year.

    Europeans have been paying $8/gallon for years and the streets of London, Rome and Athens are still packed with (highly polluting) cars.  These cars get 50 MPG, but they still run on petroleum.

    I have some experience with plug-ins now.  It’s really cool to calculate your mileage and find you’ve gotten several THOUSAND miles per gallon on the current tank.

    • mindweapon says:

      I’m seeing hybrids and electric cars everywhere now. Sign of the times.

      • Mosin Nagant says:

        I rarely see hybrids and electrics around here. Wealthy “upscale” women are the usual drivers. Pickup trucks are hard to beat in the wide open spaces if you must drive something. But twenty dollar fuel would make those old-fashioned agricultural hand labour devices (wheel hoes for example) become practical again. I said I should have started with mules not tractors in the beginning.

      • mindweapon says:

        I got to get a wheel hoe! And a Greenway seeder.

        It’s been nice and cool lately, a lot more pleasant out in the garden. I accidentally pulled up a potato plant that I hadn’t even hilled, and what do you know — a pretty good harvest of spuds came out, especially after I dug around and found more. So even non-hilled potato plants produce a respectable yield, don’t they?

      • Mr. Rational says:

        Mosin, there are ways to run tractors without fossil fuel.  Look up “gasogene”.

  3. Peak Finance says:

    I have an old vw trike, I just got a working engine for it. I am working on restoring the rest and making it road safe. Once that’s done, I am going to switch out the 1600 VW air-cooled engine for a 1.7L Diesel. Expecting a realistic MPG of between 75 and 100, I will be making my own fuel for it from trees, nuts, and animal fat. So yea I’ve been thinking along these lines for some time.

    I don’t get this part though:

    Converting our personal transportation platform from one based on gasoline to one powered by electricity

    Electricity? Much worse for the environment, and, Electricity comes from fossil fuels? So i don’t know why people think this is a solution. When gas is 8 – 10 a gallon other fuels will be high as well, so electricity is out as well.

    The future is Diesel, High-Efficiency Ethanol, Methane, or some combination thereof. I see it something like this, Solar will run your 12v high efficiency lighting systems and computers, not good for much more than that. Maybe you fire up your diesel generator once a week to run big appliances like your washing machine, and your well pump which you will run to fill your 300 gallon water tank, which is more than enough water for the week. If you were in the south or southwest, solar water heating is more then enough for household needs. Maybe fire up the generator for one hour a night on the really hot nights for A/C.

  4. The (un)enjoyable decline for Americans is that our public transportation infrastructure is largely non-existent. In a way, that could be a good thing as minos are relegated to the big cities and the boondocks. On the other hand, it could suck for everyone without a viable alternative for getting around.

    I like the idea of car (thus cost-) sharing. It’ll still suck at $10/gallon and up, but the pain will be shared by all involved. What won’t be shared by all is private and commercial services. Expect a sharp decline in luxuries such as taxi cabs and delivery (food, flowers, etc) once it hits that range. Actually, expect an extinction of such services; for the provider, such services will become even more unsustainable than they are at current prices.

    Actually, if diesel prices keep up at current proportions, you can forget about local and even national bus services such as Greyhound, et al.

    • My guess is that SWPLs and fellow travelers (i.e. elites, and then wanna-be elites) will find ways to create forms of private transportation that exclude both underclass minorities and the wrong sort of white people.

    • mindweapon says:

      If the internet/cell phone infrastructure stays up, and gas is 10 or 20 a gallon, all we’ll have is taxi services.

      The car system could be organized this way so long as we are allowed to pick and choose who rides with us.

      In a resource scarce society, there will be informal networks springing up everywhere, and yes, those networks will be discriminatory. And these discriminatory networks will tend to be self enforcing, making the participants much more fanatically racist and judgmental than they were under the anonymous and automatic cornucopia.

  5. Mr. Rational says:

    Electricity? Much worse for the environment, and, Electricity comes from fossil fuels?

    You can make electricity from almost anything.  Wind.  Sunlight.  Landfill gas.  Your own anaerobically-digested poop.  Splitting atoms of uranium or higher elements.  And even if you’re using natural gas, you can convert it to electricity at 60% efficiency or better using combined-cycle plants.

    It can be done, just find a way to do it.

    • Peak Finance says:

      Ok, well, it does not make much sense to generate diesel, ethanol, or methane from poop, and then use this to run a generator to then power an electric car. You lose energy in each transition. Why not just use the diesel, methane or ethanol directly in the car?

      What are you going to do when you need to replace batteries in the electric car? And I understand the environment impact of the cars is terrible due to the rare earths and the batteries in the car.

      I don’t know that it’s realistic right now to charge an electric car via solar or wind, maybe if you have a really huge solar / wind system, or maybe in the future with better and more efficient equipment.

  6. Robot Sam says:

    The problem is that for the last 50 years, we have had war after war for Israel, niggers using up fuel and fucking amerikun cheesball retardation with street lamps always on (partly to dissuade nigger crime), and television sets / nightclub lights and 24 hour stores always on, as well as all of the plastic crap and mass agritech. We don’t have a fuel problem, we have a social problem.

    • mindweapon says:

      yep, you’re right Robot Sam. And all that waste represents “economic growth.” One of Kunstler’s interviews, a professor named Charles Hall, said that economics was a branch of physical science until the 1880’s — it was all about land, minerals, resources. How we got the stuff we need to live, it’s cost, et cetera. For example, the fact that it takes 10 calories of oil to make 1 calorie of food on Agribusiness farms. That would have been interesting to an 1880 economist. Then Karl Marx and various Jews took over economics and made it a “social science” instead of a physical science. Resources were ignored, or assumed infinite.

      To this day, questioning the infinite resources and infinite growth paradigm is heresy to the Jewish social scientist economists. Even Ptr Schff ignores physical economics. There’s some value in some branches of modern economics — the idea of a tradeoffs and opportunity costs, for example. But if they ignore the physical world, they end up limiting us.

      The fact that JH Kunstler doesn’t ignore the biophysical economists is very much to his credit. It’s a very Aryan field, but it’s been ignored in the fossil fuel blowout of the last 30 years, since the North Sea and Prudhoe Bay and Cantarell discoveries. But now that thsee megagiant oil wells are in depletion, the Biophysical Economists are back in fashion. Charlie Hall was ignored for most of his career, and in the last 2 years of his employment as a professor, he received prizes and recognition for his work.

      Oil is above 100 a barrel now, and has been for about a week already. It was as high as 108. right now it’s 104.49. Something to keep an eye on.

  7. Adit says:

    Well, first off let me say predicting the future is a chump’s game. Having said that, there are a lot of unintended consequences which will be overlooked until it bites you in the ass. According to what I’ve read Steiner has an engineering degree and a Masters in journalism, but has never apparently held an actual engineering job, which gives me pause. What’s needed are actual practicing engineers to take a look at this kind of thing since there are a lot of nuances which can kill you (literally) if you miss them. Not only that, but you need engineers in the correct professions as well, which I don’t know if the author managed that.

    My next comment is, this is all great if you’re investing in the correct type of infrastructure NOW, while gas is relatively cheap. If you wait until gas prices are in orbit before you start, you’ve had it. Since America can’t even keep the infrastructure we have now in shape, we have a big problem.

    Also, I’d like to say I’m extremely dubious about the whole electric car business. The energy density of batteries is very low compared to gas, and the higher capacity batteries use exotic materials, which may not be economically feasible when gas prices are high. Besides, personal transportation should be the last of your worries. Industrial Transportation of goods is what is important, and electric cars ain’t gonna cut it for that.

    A lot of our technological development has depended on cheap gas as well, and when that plug is pulled I seriously doubt that we well have the same speed or level of technological development anymore. Engineers and Scientists aren’t magicians and you can’t just demand innovation. Add to the fact that America has basically de-industrialized, procuring machinery to rebuild our industrial base could be extremely difficult. This is where the nuance comes in and the interdependence among manufacturing processes is very important.

    • mindweapon says:

      You sound a lot like James Howard Kunstler, particularly in his book, “Too Much Magic.” There’s lots of oil engineers and physical economists talking about this stuff, and have been for decades. Go to Kunstler.com and listen to some of the recent kunstlercasts. He’s been interviewing professors of Biophysical Economics.

      • Adit says:

        Thanks for the reference, I’ll go take a look. I used to work as a ‘Manufacturing Engineer’ (more or less – I did products from design till they left the floor.) I know all too well what can (and usually does) go wrong and that is why I’m not too optimistic on the whole ‘Technology will save us” meme. The whole supply chain is a big inter-related Rube-Goldberg Machine which is almost impossible to really understand or even predict. Not to mention, you’d be surprised how many engineers couldn’t manufacture their way out of a paper bag. Many a times I wanted to knock the ‘theoretical’ engineers senseless with my wrench. Gods save me from the theoretical engineers!

        I always keep this old saw in mind:

        For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
        For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
        For want of a horse the rider was lost.
        For want of a rider the message was lost.
        For want of a message the battle was lost.
        For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
        And all for the want of a horseshoe nail

        Everybody seems to be worrying about adjusting their battle armor for the big battle. I’m simply worried about the availability of nails and if they’re going to have mounts to ride into battle. I have my doubts.

      • mindweapon says:

        Exactly! I have been saying that WN is going to win, but when it does win, we’re gooing to have a bigger problem, if you can imagine that. That bigger problem is things like drinking water, medical supplies, a balanced diet.

  8. Remnant says:

    In all of his enthusiasm about how expensive gas will actually improve things, the author ignores a great truth, which is that cheap gas has been one of the key safety valves and enablers of the multicultural society. Cheap gas has been a boon to whites who can use it to escape NAM dysfunction and crime while never really admitting (even to themselves) that they were against multiculturalism. When it becomes too expensive to run to the suburbs, only a few outcomes are possible: (1) whites will have to suck it up and deal with living in high crime areas or (2) de facto segregation will come back in a big way. The suburbs are of course their own form of segregation, but their is plausible deniability (thus HUDs decision to proactively try to integrate neighborhoods). Once gas gets expensive, the gloves will come off, and whites will insist on their right to free association (or non-association), “racist” or not.

    • mindweapon says:


      I agree completely. There’s a Harvard professor of economics (Jewish) named Benjamin Friedman who says that “we need 3 or 4 more generations of economic growth” but he doesn’t really say why. WHat he means is they need 3 or 4 more generations of economic growth in order to fulfill their Jewish messianic plan of mixing the races of the world and being the leaders over it, with no White potential Nazis to ever oppose them, since they’ll all be mulattoed. What they miss, however, is that mixed race people can be very racist, very violent, very fanatical. Will those mixed race people forever do the Jews’ bidding? Or will they turn against thier masters? I’d say the latter is likely.

      However, there isn’t going to be 3 or 4 more generations of economic growth. The end of economic growth means a new cultural model, and a new cultural model will lead to a new political model. Multiculturalism is purely manufactured consent; it has grown up around us only because lots of surplus wealth keeps people passive and content. Take away this surplus wealth and ease, and Whites are going to get real nasty — probably beyond the worst nightmares of Hollywood Nazi fantasy.

      White nationalists and paleoconservatives actually wanted to continue the project of civilization into the future by taking some sensible measures; we were scoffed at, oppressed, shut down, fired from our jobs, arrested on false charges, cursed, libelled, slandered and murdered. All because we told the truth. THey didn’t want to listen to us; reality will make them listen. And reality will not compromise or feel any mercy.

      • Remnant says:

        One of the ironies of all this is, or will be, that WNs, paleoconservatives and reactionaries in being “right too soon” would actually have succeeded in helping society to _avoid_ violence. It is only because the progressive project will take things too far that violence becomes more and more likely. If/when violence spills over, progressives will fail to see that it was they themselves, not WNs, who made it happen.

      • mindweapon says:

        Yep, and Eric Alterman admits to this in this video:

  9. bluegrass says:

    This really amplifies the need to coalescence pro-White advocates into clusters of States, if easy transcontinental travel becomes something reserved for the Elites.

    Moving vans and plane flights will be too expensive, and I think that’s something one should keep in mind if they’re prepping at the moment on getting out of their multiculti hell-hole.

    If your a rural/manual labor worker like myself, start loading up on hand tools! It may seem kind of trite, but getting good hand saws, a plethora of shovels, and maybe old plow lying around somewhere would be an intelligent move for the long run.

    Your tractor (maybe even your chainsaw!) could become too expensive to operate or maintain.

    Get it while its cheap!

  10. RobRoySimmons says:

    MW you’re right on all accounts. Prices are a function of division though and how much of the money is created has as much an impact on price as how much oil is pumped, one is infinite, the other is not. Jeffrey Brown at oildrum always made that point, he was also basically conservative politically and had to surround himself with the numbnuts lefties at that site. But of course conservatives who wish to conserve nothing but their place on the G5 jet plane have imbibed magic thinking as have the anti-whites who preach genocide as a utopian project.

    As for oil bring 20$ today, in November of 2008 I traveled a couple of interstates and it was glorious driving with no lumpenproles in my way. I would adapt my life to high oil prices and has been noted whites’ patience with the diversity would be strained to say the least.

    • mindweapon says:

      Yep, and there’s something that I’ve said in the past many times. High oil prices will increase the price of food.

      Expensive food means that I can grow as much food as I possibly can, and be assured of selling it ALL IMMEDIATELY, that I want to sell. People will take it and process it; they’ll buy in bulk. Times that by 30 million (give or take 10 million or so) backyards and small plots. That’s the end of food as a huge, vast profit center for the Agri-Giants.

      If we have expensive food I would do nothing from March to October but grow food. And not just me; I know half a dozen people that would do the same. And yet, it would take quite a while before we even came close to satisfying the market. Mass starvation would outpace our increase in production.

  11. Ryu says:

    I think this is not going to happen. It is just a different form of survivalism. The collapse never comes. I’m still waiting for Y2K.

    This dude has cooked up alot of fine junk. Where has he invested his own money? Why would he tell me about this if it were true? He wants to be another Schiff and for people to sign up for his doomer newsletter, for $20/month. Then after 10 years he’ll retire to the Bahamas.

    • mindweapon says:

      When he starts an investment newsletter, I’ll say you were right.

      What it looks to me is that he is saying what I say — that life will be better with higher energy and food prices, because centralization will break down and stuff will hav to be produced locally.

      High food and energy prices will empower yeomans like us;

      Economically empowered — we’ll actually be able to do stuff on our own property that earns income.

      Culturally empowered — hobby farmers will be men about town, feeding and employing the locals.

      Politically empowered — hobby farmers will form guilds like the Grange (or even revive the Grange) and we’ll start influencing the politicians and even the police chiefs.

  12. Tom Bowie says:

    Predicting the future is impossible, recognizing trends is very possible and as natural for us as planning for the future. We imagine what can be just as we prepare for what may be.

    From my point of view, we’ve already started on that new civilization. The AntiWhite system is sliding with quite a few lurches and stumbles towards its demise. As it declines, communities within the AntiWhite System will arise; at first they will not even be recognized as such by the community members themselves. As the AntiWhite System slides towards entropy, our people within the AntiWhite Empire will begin to cooperate more and more. They’ll be unrecognized even by themselves at first but, they’ll be the start of unofficial communities that’ll work together as the AntiWhite System attempts to invoke fear but, they’ll grow more bold as even the illusion of power fades. They’ll grow in strength thereby starving and driving the AntiWhite Empire towards oblivion even faster.

    Most Pro-Whites don’t begin to comprehend the power we have as a group but; our enemy at the top does and, that’s why they put such effort into suppression by intimidation. If White & Normal People were to magically vanish (so-to-say) the AntiWhite Empire would collapse into total chaos in less than a year and likely in just a few months; that’s not power. Our Enemies does not have any power of their own, no they don’t. Their power comes from us, it’s the result of our work and inventive capability that’s syphoned off and turned against us by illusion and lies; media and politics are the lands of illusion and lies; they consume but don’t produce.

    How far we have to travel the path of descend depends on White & Normal People. In much the same way the AntiWhite Empire would fall into chaos without us; it’d take a few weeks to take it over intact if White & Normal understood not only the con for what it is, but also the power they have and how to use it. As those communities arise they’ll learn to exercise real power and some will come to understand it. Some areas will slide downward more than others depending on how long it takes to form those communities and begin exercising real power.

    Our people by their very nature not only need to awaken they need to awaken more than once and yet also by that very same nature they can awaken to the next awakenings.

  13. oogenhand says:

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    The end of cheap oil will have severe social impact, that is true.

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