What are you worth? The Bush EPA thinks we are worth $6.9 Million each. 10% less than the Clinton EPA. No doubt that makes lots of regulations less, ah, necessary. I want to assure you; I think you are worth a lot more than that.
Meanwhile I gather that boffins think that a 10% rise in fuels prices drops the highway deaths by 1%; or in other terms that 4$ gas will reduce highway deaths by a thousand a month.
Oh boy. Arithmetic: 12 months a year; 1,000 deaths a month; $6.9 Million/person … or $82.8 Billion a year. That’s just the deaths of course, no doubt the injuries, loss of capital equipment and other costs mean we can multiply that by a another 3. With around a 100 million households in the US, and 365 days in the year that’s $6.81 per household per day. Feel free to spend the savings on gas.
On the other hand some people think these numbers are just numerology.