Suck it up and pay for it.
I HAVE to be at work in person and have zero flexibility in the hours I work. The train would add 1.5 hours to my day and actually not save me any money. Sure it would be great to pay less but $4 a gallon is still cheap compared to many other countries.
Don't do that! I was talking to my wife on the phone and $4/gallon won't kill us as we own only one car and fill up once a week. However, the markup on everyday items (OJ, Milk, Bread, Meat, Coffee, Creamer) that will kill my budget.
Dozens (thousand and millions) of people who don't believe they can make a difference and thus foolish use energy means that EVERYONE has to pay higher gas and product prices.
Lets keep the suggestions coming! Some of them may not be ideal for most people but if everyone is able to implement a few changes to reduce energy consumption then as a whole it will add up to millions of barrels of oil saved.
First of all you need to realize that while oil and gasoline are related the two commodities do not move in parallel. This has been evidenced the the past few years when we had $80 oil and $2 gasoline in 2006 and then $60 oil and $3 gasoline in 2007. The two rely on completely different infrastructures and are susceptible to different pressures causing separate market speculation.
The bigger markup on you everyday items comes from using less oil not more. All the corn, soy, etc to produce ethanol, bio-deisel and other alternative fuels is coming out of the food supply. This is driving up the cost of almost all food products. Its much more expensive to buy feed for chickens and cattle so meat and poultry increase. Almost everything has some corn, soy, or wheat in it so this causes breads, cereals, and almost any sweetened product to go up in cost.
Sure save some oil, save some energy.....just do it for yourself, not some misplaced view of bringing product costs down.