I hear a lot of complaining about gasoline prices. People send me emails wanting me to join this or that boycott or petition Congress against the oil companies price gouging. I have no sympathy.
I see that gasoline has hit $3.12 per gallon around here. Apparently that is not high enough. We saw a car idling for over 20 minutes at a store. When the price is high enough people will take conservation seriously.
As to the government and oil companies, what we need to do is eliminate all the subsidies, including the war for oil. If the oil companies want to secure the Middle East for their personal profits let them pay for it. They can higher mercs or perhaps the US Troops would like to get paid better as mercs. If the oil companies had to pay fully then they would have to pass that cost on to consumers rather than it showing up in our tax bill under National Defense Budget. If consumers paid the real cost at the pump they would take conservation more seriously.
The cost of petroleum, and other fuels, should also include the environmental and other costs. I don’t like getting dumped on by the acid rain carried in by the wind from the west. In the newspaper I read about people in some areas complain about electricity prices going up but the reality is they’re still paying less than half of what we do. The price of electricity should be much higher. Time for them to pay for the real costs. When their pocket books really feel the pinch then conservation will naturally follow.
Higher fuel prices naturally combat global warming. If people really cared they would waste less time debating global warming (Vermont Legislators – I’m talking to you) and actually do real things to conserve and pollute less. I on the other hand don’t mind the winters being a little bit warmer. Weeks of -20 to -45°F on end gets to be a drag in January and February.
No, I don’t own any oil stock, or any other for that matter. I don’t drive much. I don’t fly at all, use propane, heating oil, natural gas, etc. It’s not a philosophy thing – it’s just too dang expensive. Free market conservation works.
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