In June 2005, when petrol price shot up to $1.50, we carpooled with our greenie mate Ross to go to the Marlborough Sounds for our annual writing workshop. I predicted it'd easily be $3 by the end of 2006. We've been lucky; because the Kiwi dollar was so high, the cost of petrol didn't go up that rapidly, though exporters have suffered, and we lost quite a few iconic New Zealand manufacturers.
Well, the Kiwi has landed and gas has been over $2 since May, and what's worse, the overnight price increases are not 1 and 2 cents like it used to be; they go up 5 and 7 cents while we sleep.
This weekend we were at the writing workshop; we had a fabulous time, but Ross the greenie was holidaying in the South Pacific!! Gee, your carbon footprint, Ross!! (So as not to misslead the world about Ross, he is a serious greenie, and even if he has a few trip to Europe this month, he still can't get anywhere near your average fuel consumption.)