Life in the gas lane could be much worse

Here’s some good news for drivers: Gasoline prices are coming down.

Well,

maybe. Gas dealers on Kaua’i are hopeful that the combination of more fuel

coming from Middle East oil producing companies and a late-summer lessening of

demand for the stuff on the U.S. mainland will bring the per-gallon price here

back down from the $2-plus that regular is fetching.

No matter how much

islanders grumble about the pump pain, just remember things could be worse. A

lot worse. Ask Europe, where petrol sticker shock has reached epidemic

proportions.

In England, gas station closures have forced hospitals to use

ambulances less often. And in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany,

truckers and others who drive for a living protested high prices with highway

blockades. So hang in there, Kaua’i. With any luck, the gas predicament here

will get better before it gets worse.

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