Make cars comply

By BRUCE RHODES
Thursday, May 13, 2004 - Page A20

Richmond Hill, Ont. -- I am not among the "exasperated consumers" upset by higher fuel prices; rather, I hope that gas at 90 cents a litre will prompt people to drive at posted speed limits, drive more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce needless engine idling, walk, ride bikes, car-pool and take public transit when feasible.

Gasoline has been too cheap in Canada; just look at how people waste it. All the while, the environment has been taking the hit.

I want gas prices to rise to $1.75 a litre, to reduce waste and to more accurately reflect the true total costs of burning fossil fuels. I'll happily pay more for plane tickets and consumer products if it means cleaner air to breathe.