The higher gas prices seems to be accelerating the adoption to electrics and more Interest in alternatives energies.
That is why I usually reply "good for you" when people complain about the higher gas prizes they have to pay. Often they think I want to be cynical or sarcastic, and they do not see my honesty and the best wishes of my heart: I really think high gas prices are good for them, because high gas prices make them think about alternatives to using a car, and these alternatives are probably cheaper and more healthy.
Cities in USA are designed to fail.
The vast suburbs rely on cheap gas prices and also on roads and sewerage which miraculously will never require maintenance. In fact they do require maintenance, and then the owners of the pretty houses with pretty gardens along pretty steets are shocked when they see how much their part of their pretty street now costs them because they have to contribute to the maintenance.
So, they use their influence to make the city pay a higher share of the maintenance, which means the city needs more taxes, and that works best by making more suburbs for more tax payers, with more roads and more sewerage.
How can 300 million presumably intelligent humans decide that for going from one shop to the next shop at the same side of the same street, they don’t want to just walk a minute to the next shop, no, they want to walk a minute to their car, start it, drive on the street, drive to the next traffic light and take a U-Turn, take another U-Turn, drive on a parkin lot, park the car and then walk a minute to the shop?
Cheap gas is not healthy for the brain.