Surely A Large Human
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '08 C219
Location: Between Earth and Mars
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Yeah, the price of gasoline is up nearly 50% from it's 18-month low (mid-January '06 and again in January '07), and the price of crude is only up 20% since it's 18-month low (also mid-January '07).
Reading this chart, it looks like the allegations of gas prices being tied to crude oil prices are bullshit. It's tied to refining capacity and speculation. There's no fucking way a country should legalize the gambling, price fixing, and manipulation by private interests, of it's lifeblood.
We have two problems in America. 1) We're inextricably dependent upon oil to make the country run, from trains to planes to boats to trucks to automobiles and beyond. 2) We refuse to endeavor towards becoming self-sufficient with regard to our oil consumption.
One problem we can't fix very quickly. The other, we can. You can either pay $4/gallon at the pump and keep funding countries filled with sun-drenched homicidal maniacs, or we can displace a few fucking caribou here and there and find oil within our borders.
If we produce our own oil, we can stop it from being traded domestically as a commodity - which it would be, but not for the fact that the nation comes to a grinding halt without oil. If we as a nation stopped eating sugar, pork bellies, and frozen concentrated orange juice, I think we'd get along just fine. Just because all oil is the same doesn't mean it's a commodity. Speculative trading in it, therefore, is a sadistic form of self-flagellation that cannot be allowed to continue.