The lies about Oil…
I don’t have to tell any of you that we have a tremendously important election approaching us this November. The media just LIVES for this event and the amount of press it will receive between now and then will probably make every single one of us sick. In just a few short months, we will go to the polls, possibly in huge numbers, to elect our new President of these here United States.
(If you’d rather not read my ramblings, you can go straight to the link at the bottom of the page to read a great article about the lies surrounding the supposed “gas shortage”)
There are any number of things to consider this Fall when you cast your vote. I’m sure you all have your own criteria for selecting your man or woman for the job. I don’t think there’s any room to doubt which side of the aisle I fall on. My ranting and raving on here is almost always leaning towards the left, even though they do let me down quite a bit these days, as well.
To me, it does not really matter if Obama or Clinton wins the Democratic nomination. I will walk the party line and vote for either of them. Yes, I know Obama went to a church where some pretty radical things have been said…yes, I know that apparently he forgot once to put his hand over his heart while saying the Pledge of Allegiance…yes, I know he’s black…and YES…I know she has flip-flopped on issues…and yes, I know she is a woman…but I also know that this country is in one hell of a mess right now, and it can all be laid squarely at the feet of the Republicans and George W. Bush.
So…whatever criteria you need to form your opinion, I would at least hope you’ll consider this one…
And very closely related are gas, ethanol, and food. Prices for gas and diesel are higher than they have ever been, and oil prices set new records every time you turn around. Not to be outdone, food prices are skyrocketing, as well. All of this is happening and is taking more and more money out of YOUR pockets, but nothing is happening to put more money back in.
Please…just consider this mess for a few minutes…
Oil prices have always been on the rise. They go up, they go down…but of course, over time, they will always trend up as long as our demand continues.
But what the hell is going on to cause oil prices to go UP, even though demand is going DOWN??
Gas prices are also on the rise. We’re being told that demand is outstripping supply, and that we currently have a supply shortage. Really?
Gas reserves are actually at their highest since the early 1990’s, and the supply has increased since October of last year.
And what about our savior, ethanol? Ethanol seemed like a good choice at first. With rising gas prices, it became economically viable to produce ethanol in larger amounts. Also, all us tree-hugging-liberal-hippies have been going on and on about saving the environment, so what better way to throw us a bone than to promote clean, green, ethanol??
Well, if the idiot Republicans had actually been listening, they would have known that not only did most of us “green” people think it was not a good idea to become more reliant on ethanol, it is a downright BAD idea. Republicans saw it as a way to easily jump aboard the eco-bandwagon.
So…let’s move our energy policy away from a non-renewable resource that is largely produced in areas where folks just don’t like us very much, to a renewable resource that is largely dependent upon such easily predictable factors such as weather…sounds GREAT! Add to that mess that they are trying to turn one of our major FOOD sources into one of our major FUEL sources, and it is pretty easy to see how F’d up this is going to become, and is becoming already.
Food prices are skyrocketing right now, but it is not just because of the increasing prices of gas and diesel. The price of corn has gone through the roof due to the large strain being placed on the supply. This strain on corn supply has increased the price of of animal feed, which increases the price of all of those animal products…eggs, milk, cheese, chicken, beef, pork…right on down the line.
So, not only does it cost you more to get to the store, but you are out more money when you get there.
We won’t go into all of the other issues just yet. Instead, I want everyone to focus on this oil issue and think really hard about how big of a mess we are in, and how it is being fed by Big Business and Big Republicans.
Just have a look at this article…
But Washington, Wall Street, and ethanol and oil and gas companies want you to think there is.
“It should be obvious to you all that the [gasoline] demand is outstripping supply, which causes prices to go up.” — President George W. Bush, Associated Press, Mar. 5, 2008