Sunday, May 18, 2008

There Is No Gas Shortage

At least not for now anymore than there are catastrophic impacts from climate change and and loss of biodiversity, but they're imminent.
But Washington, Wall Street, and ethanol and oil and gas companies want you to think there is, says automotive expert Ed Wallace

"They see speculation in the market, I see decline in global inventories. I don't think this is a big surprise, that we've had a jump in price when there has been a decrease in crude inventories." - Energy Secretary Sam Bodman, Bloomberg News, Mar. 5, 2008

"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


One wonders if verifiable facts ever get in the way of this administration's statements on issues that are critical to the average American's wellbeing. After all, last time I checked, when politicians are elected to public office, or appointed, as is Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman, they must take an oath to the American people before assuming their new positions. How can they forget a sacred oath so quickly? Were they daydreaming when they took it, so it never meant anything to begin with? Maybe it's just another promise you have to make to get into office: When you're securely incumbent you can ignore even solemn oaths you took.

Obviously, the two quotes that led this article came from discussions concerning the current high price for oil on the futures market. Bodman appears to be protecting the speculators in oil, as opposed to looking after the interests of all Americans. President Bush, apparently, has never talked to the Energy Dept.'s Energy Information Agency to see whether gasoline demand is actually up. More troubling, the writer of that particular Associated Press article obviously didn't look up the EIA's numbers to verify the President's assertions. They weren't accurate.

Energy Information Agency.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why is gas .25 cents in mexico and south America? I wouldn't be surprised if Americans are driving to mexico to fill up. soon Chertoff will make a law saying we're all terrorists and traitors for doing so. Count on it.

5/19/2008 07:45:00 AM  
Blogger SPIIDERWEB™ said...

Anyone living in southern states would be stupid to not buy gas in Mexico

As for Chertoff, he probably hasn't thought of calling them terrorists and traitors.

5/19/2008 08:11:00 AM  

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