Looking For Cheaper Gas? Go to Mexico

April 18, 2011  |  

By Charlotte Young

Gas prices have gotten so high that some Americans have had to search for a cheaper option in an unlikely place: Mexico. On average, gas is about $1.20 per gallon cheaper in the neighboring country, so Americans living near the border are taking the drive to save money.

According to commentary by Patrick Michael with Yahoo! News, it’s time for legislation to take a serious look at options to the oil problem on both the liberal and conservative sides.

Option 1: start drilling our own oil.

With the continuous fighting in the Middle East and the recent Libyan crisis, it’s an obvious solution to stabilize gas prices. Off-shore domestic drilling would also provide more job opportunities for Americans, and this would help to increase spending.

But off-shore drilling proposals are constantly derailed by the Obama Administration. The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill was a further deterrent to this option.

Option 2: provide incentives for Americans who buy fuel efficient cars.

A more environmentally friendly option is for Congress to enact legislation that provides a tax break incentive for Americans who buy hybrid or electric vehicles. Why not? They’re doing the right thing and Congress should not overlook it. Plus, it would help lower the demand for gas in the country.

Though these are not the only options, they do provide a starting point for a dialogue that needs to take place. After all, we all can’t drive to Mexico.



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