Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Disturbing Impact of Higher Fuel Prices

Alabama freelance writer Sandy Williams owns a general store with gas pumps in the town of Crossville. Her observations in this piece published in the "Birmingham News" are powerful and moving.

To the folks in this rural community, getting a paycheck on Friday afternoon means they have to drive at least 10 to 15 miles, each way, to work every day for a grueling eight-hour shift in a poultry processing plant or a sock mill. With blue-collar wages here still floating between $5 and $6 an hour, that puts them bringing home, after taxes, a mere $150 to $200 a week.

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The Alliance to Save Energy launched the Drive $marter Challenge http://www.drivesmarterchallenge.org to help individuals hit hardest by high gas prices. The website provides money-saving gas tips, an interactive calculator, discount maintenance coupons and additional resources. – Kat, Alliance to Save Energy