There is a gas shortage in Brooklyn and it’s not pretty. As of early this morning, the lines at Greenpoint gas stations were blocks long, many were livery cabs, which are in high demand since the subway system is still recovering from #sandy.
This is a problem. And the problem is not ONLY that we don’t have gas. The problem is the false notion that there is an unlimited supply of gas and we are entitled to use as much of it as we want.
Ask yourself: Do I really need to drive?
While the gas crisis is a serious issue, not just in the short term, it is not on my personal radar because I don’t have a car. I also don’t have much sympathy for people who are waiting in line for gas.
Unless of course: you are elderly, disabled, an emergency vehicle, a food delivery truck, service personnel, construction/repair/garbage vehicle, or if you need gas for a generator because you don’t have power. I empathize with people who actually need gas right now.
In NYC (aside from during this crisis) you can get anywhere using public transportation, a bike or your feet. And during this crisis, ask yourself, do I really need to drive? Is it better to keep the roads clear for vehicles that need to be easily getting around, like buses, trucks delivering supplies to areas affected by the hurricane, emergency vehicles?
Soon gas will be available in the vast quantity we foolishly think we can consume it in. But when there is no longer overnight waits at the pump, we should remember that this is a taste of a much bigger problem we will all face when we inevitably run out of this natural resource. And it is only a matter of time.
We MUST stop thinking we are entitled to drive and consume as much gas as we want. We MUST find alternative sources of energy that don’t destroy the environment. We MUST start thinking about how to live in a world that is more local.
This gas shortage demonstrates the ever increasing value of eating and working closer to home.
For everyone who asked me to report on the gas shortage, here goes:
As reported in the Daily News:
Cuomo during a media briefing this morning said more gas tankers and barges are coming to the area, the New York Harbor is open, the pipelines “to an extent” are up and running “so there will be more of a supply of gas.”
“That does not mean there will be a total alleviation of the problem in the immediate future,” he said. “But it is getting better.”
While expecting it to be a “short-term problem,” Cuomo said officials anticipate it will continue for “a number of days.”
Be smart. Walk. Bike. Take public transportation. Don’t drive (unless you have to.)