Price of Oil & Telecommuting

Oil very well could see the $100/barrel mark this winter. As a result I’m hoping and urging you to contact your representatives in congress to rally for a telecommuting bill. I’ll be blogging a great deal on this topic over the next year (an election year by the way).

When/if that happens most sectors are going to see corresponding lift in their costs of doing business and consequently the end consumers will foot the bill. Anything being shipped from here to there (shipping, air, boat…) is transported with some kind of fuel be it gasoline, jet fuel, etc. I can’t tell you the number of invoices I’ve seen these past three years with “fuel surcharge” as an additional item for approval.

Most people’s salaries don’t keep pace with this COLA (cost of living adjustment). There’s usually one raise a year and that probably falls short of keeping pace with both the new costs of living and the merit raises we all hope to be earning.

So, I’m seeing a situation where, in order to keep energy prices in check… telecommunting could easily be the thing to ease the pressures on the refineries, help green the balance of things a bit, and with the right incentives/quotas/whatever you want to call them… could tip a whole new element of the playing field heavily in favor of good ole’ home flavored tech sector driven economic gains like we saw in the late 90’s.

Support a telecommunications provision within the US Energy Policy. Contact your representatives in Washington today.

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3 Comments on “Price of Oil & Telecommuting”

  1. hornbeck Says:

    As someone who has recently stopped commuting three hours a day and went to telecommuting I have to agree. I would spend upwards of $600 a month on gas alone not counting Oklahoma’s pay tolls which ran another $100 a month. Now that I am working from home, I don’t have that extra expense and not only feel better about my wallet but I also feel better about being with my family and helping not pollute any more than I have to. Good post,

    John

  2. gwhiz Says:

    Thanks John. Maybe we can get Coburn and Inhofe pulling for something like this at the national level.

  3. Chad W Smith Says:

    Batten down the hatches! you’ve been dugg!


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