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Practice Management: Chuck Newton
By Chuck Newton
You know what I am talking about, right? The accelerator pedal in our cars during times of high gasoline prices. The prodigious use of the accelerator pedal now basically leads to less money on which to live.
And, the biggest problem is not so much that what I do only affects me. When everyone takes that attitude in this day and age it gives the traders excuses to cause oil and gas prices to soar, which in turns causes everything from groceries to tube socks to increase greatly in price. Sally pushes hard on the gas pedal of her SUV, and I am the one that gets to help her pay the price for it. That is my point.
The other day a bunch of people in souped up cars and trucks passed me on the Interstate going at least 90 miles and hour. One after the other they whizzed by me as they swooshed in and out of traffic at ridiculous speeds. In the past I would say something like, "Oh my God, I hope they do not have a wreck". I was concerned for the activity, but I was focused on the personal safety of the speed daemons and racers themselves. To show how jaded I have become, my first thought when this group passed me was more like, "Slow down you bastards, you are ruining my life"! Flooring that cash pedal maybe personally harmful, but it is increasingly an act of taking money out of everybody's else's pocket.
Then there is Houston. The energy capital of the World is the energy wasteful capital of the World. Again, this is that resentment starting to come out of me. It is home to the lone person driving a giant SUV in their commute back and forth from work, family and entertainment in the city. I do not get so upset with those that have SUVs in general. I understand they bought them in another time, and they probably still owe too much on the vehicle's to get rid of them. What gets my goat are all of the people driving around my area in these brand spanking new gas guzzlers. The other day, coming home from the grocery store, I had to sit at a red light behind a big, fat, brand new yellow Hummer, staring at that damned temporary dealer's tag that was at eye level in the little car I was driving.
We have simply got to do more. This is Enron trading mania in gas and oil futures. We all know that $130 oil does not represent increased consumption as much as it involves hedge funds playing the market in an effort to take money out of our pockets. In time there will be investigations and probably indictments. The wonderful people who brought us the stock market bubble of the first part of this decade, and who enabled the mortgage crises or bubble or more recent memory, are now crowding into oil and gas, and we are all paying the price.
The problem is that there is little that we can do about the bigger crises. Until the government gains the political will to do something about it, or until the speculators have had their run of fun and profit, we are stuck with it. But, the crises, whether real or imagined, is nothing but a precursor to what is really going to happen to us in the near future, and we had better take note. We have all got to begin to understand that pushing on that cash pedal effects not just the one driving, but it has a direct effect on all of us, and especially on that single Mom who is starving to just get by. We have got to understand that we are hurting other people.
I know that Bill Maher is a fun whipping boy, and he says a lot of things that just strike me wrong as well. On some level, however, you have to appreciate his book When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden.
The point, I think, is that lawyers, like others, are going to have to start comporting themselves differently. We are going to have to stop buying gas guzzlers we do not need just because they make some kind of statement. We are going to have to buy high mileage cars and hybrids. We are going to have to stop driving as much. This means we are going to have to end this stupid commuting business. Commercial buildings are the biggest source of energy use in this country. We need to start abandoning these buildings whenever possible. We are going to have to insist that courts stop forcing us to drive to and from them for no better reason than to conduct cattle calls such as docket calls and management conferences when this can be effectively and cheaply handled by technology. Look, I know it must be fun to put on a black dress and lord over people with a wooden hammer, but judges have got to start to find ways to manage their dockets and dispute without wasting so much gas and energy. We waste almost as much energy at home whether we work there or in some commercial building away from home. That is because our homes are always prepared for our comfortable return. We need to start moving our offices home. And, then we need to spend some of the money we save in greening up our homes and the areas where we live.
Just think if the million lawyers in this country all started heading in this direction what a positive impact this would have on our pocket books, our environment, and our quality of life. And, more importantly I would stop getting pissed off every time I have to go grocery shopping, open a utility bill or pay off my gas cards.
Will you not do it for me? Please?
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