Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 4 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 4 Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (10 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   3 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Angry Over Rising Gas Prices? It's Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 2 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 3/5/12

Become a Fan
  (83 fans)
- Advertisement -

So, what is the greatest impediment to the initiation of making energy development this nation's #1 priority? It is the powerful opposition of the oil industry and its corporations, the most profitable in America. They want no part of new energy development, even if they occasionally make commercials claiming that they do. They fully intend to stifle the development of any new energy sources that they feel would threaten or diminish their massive, obscene profits. And so they are using their power and money to make certain that "their" senators and representatives in the Congress remain under their control.

Know what America's energy policy is; have you ever read it? Of course not, because there isn't one, it's totally non-existent. I tried to find it on the internet and could only find this on Wikipedia: "Several mandates have been proposed over the years, such as gasoline will never exceed $1.00/gallon (Nixon) and the United States will never again   import as much oil as it did in 1977 (Carter);   but no comprehensive long-term energy policy has been proposed."

 

As we read those statements today they are absolutely laughable. Talk about laughable; here's a recent statement made by House Speaker John Boehner as he called on policy makers to address the lack of a comprehensive federal energy plan: he said, "It's just about damn time that we have a national energy policy " enough of this." Thank you Mr. Boehner and please let us know exactly when you and the rest of your obstructionist colleagues and protectors of the oil industry are going to get it done.

How will this approaching crisis unfold? Most likely gas prices, over the next decade or so, will continue to rise and fall based on the world supply situation and the actions of speculators but there will be a distinct upward trend that will intensify and become irreversible. At $5.00 gallon it will cost many Americans $80.00 $100.00 to fill their tanks. The probability that the price will reach $10.00 within ten years is very high. How enraged will Americans become when a fill up costs $150.00 to $200.00? Think that can't happen? Think that this government will prevent it from happening?

So where do we as a nation go from here? Are we ever going to wake up to the imminent dangers that lie ahead? Are we going to continue to do nothing? There is an energy tsunami that is heading directly for our shores. When it suddenly arrives with its full fury we won't even know what hit us. Have we no vision, can't we see this coming?

- Advertisement -

Michael Payne

- Advertisement -

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Orwell's "1984" becoming a reality in modern-day America

Heed the Warning Signs; America is Edging Ever Closer to a Societal Implosion

How Do You Spell Sociopath? G-O-P

The Beginning of the End for the U.S. Dollar as the World Reserve Currency

Ethics and Morals in America; an Endangered Species

The Escalating War Within America: A House Divided

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
3 people are discussing this page, with 3 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

So where do we as a nation go from here? Are we ev... by michael payne on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:42:15 PM
As the cost of fossil fuels increase the price of ... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:12:25 AM
benefit of the whole country.  OF COURSE Cong... by Jill Herendeen on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 1:08:50 PM