A gas leak was discovered in a Shelby County, Alabama pipeline last week. Effects on the ecosystem have been minimal. The economic effects, however, have raised concerns in the government and media. Prices rose by as much as +12 cents per gallon in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia, encouraged his state's citizens to maintain their normal level of oil consumption so as to prevent a worsening of the crisis. All that I can hope for is that this lasts as long as possible. Look, I understand that it sucks to take more out of your wallet to get to work or school or wherever you go on a regular basis.Perhaps I don't have enough perspective seeing as how I don't currently pay my own gas bill and my family can afford two Priuses. Something I do know, however, is that we need to get the hell off of petroleum. Forget the impact that petrol and other fossil fuels have on the climate, something that the anti-intellectuals and the tin foil hatters cannot seem to wrap their minds around. Air pollution can have drastic health effects on people in urban areas.Many of the people being affected by these price increases were hurt by the 2010 BP oil spill or know someone who was. For any rational person, incidents like that should be reason enough to collectively and individually decrease our consumption of gasoline. Unfortunately, insecure jackasses all over America are perfectly content driving cars bigger than the road.Cultural differences aside, Europe's biking habits are probably linked to the fact that gas taxes are higher in most industrialized countries than in the United States. If state and federal gas taxes were raised, there would be more of an incentive to use less petroleum and for the private sector to focus on projects to find viable alternatives to petrol-fueled cars. Additionally ,revenue would be provided to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. There probably isn't enough political will to make such a move, but I'm not ready to give up on the planet just yet.