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  •  The 'real' reason? (1+ / 0-)
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    You drank the kool-aid. Same old crap about the price of oil being set by free market competition. It ain't. Period. You've been lied to by the media, the talking heads, and the president. Don't believe it, and when we get access to Dick Cheney's secret Energy Policy papers, we will have the truth.

    Global warming is real. Fossil fuels are being abused. But my point is that this does not make it OK to rip us off.

    •  Free Market ? oxymoron? (0+ / 0-)

      I don't dispute we have all been lied to by the media, the talking heads, and the president among others. Most of us are used to being able to identify those issue and research them for ourselves.

      In 1993 we put in a new city at Hawtah, SA. That was the last major field discovered. One reason we are getting in bed with the UAE is its proximity to Hawtah's gas fields in the empty quarter is much closer than the Easterns regions refineries running from Abquaiq up to Basra.

      The Chinese have run out of oil, the Saudis are washing the last remnants from their old fields, there isn't much left on the continental shelfs offshore, the Venezulian oil is sour or high in sulpher, the Canadian oil is shale, and the Chinese have now sucessfully negotiated a pipeline to bring the Russian oil to the Pacific coast. (Think big time environmental disaster.)

      We have also lied to ourselves about global warming and running out of energy. I can remember it being a hot topic in the sixties and again with Carter who advocated conservation. Big oil took that series with the Reagan years and we all went back to the "I can't drive 55" mentality.

      Nobody here disputes global warming is real or that we have made a huge mistake in using up our fossil fuels. The problem is that most of us live on a budget that can afford cheap oil but not a new car that can run on ethanol, photovoltaics, passive solar or windturbines.

      For Republicans the problem of supply and demand comes down to dominate or submit. That may work when you are the packs Alpha male or sole super power, but what happens when the young wolves decide its time to take down an older, weaker, ailing, isolated rival.

      China is definitely following the Avis manual. "We're number two but we try harder." The Chinese have just made the grand tour of every oil producing nation on the planet and are trying to get rights to drill for oil in Nigeria.

      Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

      by rktect on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 04:21:55 AM PDT

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