Mark my words, today's announcement about leaky oil pipes in Alaska are a precursor to US gas prices going up to $4 per gallon within the next year. Pardon me in advance for getting a bit preachy here - but I'm steamed at the state of energy in the US.
Gas prices in the US have been scalloping up for a long time. They will raise them 2 steps drop them a step, then raise them two steps. The pricing patterns are regular and even predictable. Yes - I know that Katrina knocked out some production. However, gas prices are at a record high and the oil companies are making record profits. These things are related.
The oil companies are using world events to rape American consumers who are dependent on oil to heat their homes, and drive to work. Let me repeat - they are raking in record profits. If the cost of oil and gas production was the main factor in the dramatic price increases, then profits should only rise in proportion to demand. That isn't happening, and the gas companies are lying to us. It's just that plain and simple.
The only answer is a difficult one - but not impossible. After all, we put men on the moon.
Let's drop some reality bombs:
Our reliance on foreign oil is a national security nightmare
Where did Saddam, Osama, and the boys et all their money? oh yeah - oil. Cut off the demand for oil from the Middle East, and in a single generation you will see most of the wealth dry up. Terrorists and despots will go back to throwing rocks. The US will be able to extricate itself from the tribal wars that have been raging for a thousand years.
I realize who pays our elected officials. Our fine president is in business with the Saudi Royal Family, and even some of Bin Ladin's relatives. There's nothing wrong with this - it just seems like a conflict of interest to me.
Fossil fuel is filthy
No matter what the oil industry tells the president what to order NASA to say - global warming is an extremely real and extremely dangerous effect that can seriously harm life on Earth in the next generation. Remember Katrina? Wonder why all the weather on the planet has gone all wonky? Why are all the glaciers melting?
Very realistic alternatives
It is possible to set up farms of windmills in just 4 states in the US and provide the entire country with cheap, renewable, non-polluting energy. Why don't we do it? Well, the US government gives very little money to set up wind-farm technology and frequently cuts off their funding altogether. Meanwhile, the highly profitable oil industry receives tens of billions of dollars in US government subsidies every year, and has never ever lost funding.
Remember who really pays our politicians.
We could power almost all of our vehicles with cleaner, renewable ethanol. Yes I know that the US doesn't produce enough ethanol to power all our cars. Brazil does however, because they can make it from sugarcane. So why don't we import Brazilian ethanol? Well the US government has imposed a 100% tariff on ethanol - effectively pricing it out of the market.
Guess what the tariff is on oil. That's right 0%.
Remember who pays our politicians.
We face a very real and imminent national crisis. While our politicians play partisan games and reap huge paychecks from very shady people - we and our children get to pay the price.
What we must do
We must approach the current energy crisis like we approached the space program in the 60s. We should be pouring national resources, and gathering the best minds in the world to solve the energy problem. We must vote out anybody who doesn't approach energy as a national security issue - and that's pretty much every single person in national office today.
The US congress has an 85% encumbency rate - that's simply disgusting.
Fuel cells, biodiesel - all seem within our grasp. Australia an China are building solar power facilities that will power 100,000 homes each. Why aren't we doing that? Our government, because of greed and only greed, is tricking very few resources into these planet-saving technologies.
Think $4 a gallon gas will be tough - wait till it gets to $5 or $6. Oh yeah and all the prices of everything we buy that gets shipped are going up. Oh yeah - you will be paying nearly double what you have been to heat your house.
I know I've bashed the president a lot here, but this is an issue that crosses party lines. The US two party system has failed us. It's devolved into partisanship that has sunk below the rhetoric usually reserved for rival high schools.
You empower yourself by getting educated and becoming active. Remember that politicians are not our leaders - they are our servants.
J D Moore - Marketing Comet