I know we Americans have had cheap gas for a long time, but I don’t think anyone has been prepared for how fast it has shot up. Two days ago, the price here in my part of South Carolina was $2.49 a gallon. Yesterday, after getting news of Hurricane Katrina, it went up to $2.65. Today I drove by and it was $2.79. We passed by the same station 20 minutes later and it went up to $2.99.

If anything, I hope this is a kick in the pants to get moving on alternative fuels.