Buckbee we are paying around 5-6 dollars Euro equivelent for our gasoline in the US. Gas is going down. Your gas cost numbers at 9 $'s would be for the Canadians.
Not to be a razzer, but you do drive a motor car don't you?
Economies tend to adjust to cost/value/buying power of any given money/currency in any given country. Rememder MONEY is not fixed at any given level. Floats free. The transportation cost are rising as we speak and the economy will absord these increases over time. Ever hear of inflation?
As far as the US is concerned adout enviro issues we are making strides but you have to consider that the modernizing countries are not in a position, or so they say, to concern themselves with the enviroment since they are more concerned about feeding their populations???
The two most egregious offenders of the over population phenom are India and China. They are, at breakneck speed, modernizing and it seems that the enviroment is not a major concern to them. Are you aware of the most recent hazardous, whatever, spill that is now occuring in Harbin China?
I can honestly say that we are in fact doing " the right thing " as concers the enviroment. Also remember, this is not a top down form of government that we have here. We MAY, have, what you have one day, however we are not there yet.
I don't have much to say about bees right now except that I'm learning and interested.