I am pissed!Â Last week, middle of the day on Tuesday a station in the smaller town I was in raised their gas prices as I was going by from $3.29 to $3.65.Â I let my wife and a couple of friends know that they should get gas if they were close to in need via text a little while later, anticipating that a big hike was in the works across every where.Â I also waited with much anticipation to see what crazy stuff was going on somewhere, whether it be a refinery fire or shutdown, escalating stances from Iran again, or just some middle eastern uprising crisis otherwise that was causing the spike.Â And nothing, no news at all, and though oil threatened higher on Tuesday,Â the next 2 days oil prices actually fell sharply downward.Â What the heck?
Did anyone else notice the whimper that was heard coming out of the media the last few weeks in regards to the investigation into the science of the global warming? Did not figure you really did. Remember back a few years ago when a few scientist were questioning the theory and then someone suggested that some data had been falsified to further the support the theory? It got media play for weeks and even months, but when that is reputed by a study funded by the Koch brothers of all unbiased (or biased the other direction) people it gets no attention at all.
I saw this article back around the first of the year sometime that talked about a machine that could turn plastic bags into back into oil and was pretty excited about it. I meant to write about it at the time, but I heard someone mention the process in passing at a ballgame of all places and thought I would go back to it. After a little bit of searching I was finally able to come up with the original article about plastic bag back to crude oil machine and to save you a bit effort, here is the link – http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/15/6059428-machine-turns-plastic-bags-into-fuel.
Not sure what you were thinking when you read that title, but if you are any of my siblings you are wrong. Gas Buddy (actual site is gasbuddy.com) is a pretty cool site that shows the gas prices in a particular area of most of the gas stations. It is updated in real-time by volunteers and generally for any area with decent populations stays pretty accurate. How exactly would you use the information? There are a couple of ways…
Anyone else noticing around a 10% jump in gasoline pricing this week? You can largely think the federal reserve banking system for that. Yeah, the same folks that were largely involved in the wall street bailout because several brokerage banks were too large to fail have screwed middle class America once again by causing what will likely end up being over $3.00 per gallon gasoline in the very near future. I am sure some of you are saying wait just a minute, what can the federal reserve do to effect gasoline pricing and wasn’t there a refinery fire this past week as well?
Fuel prices are coming back down. This is a good thing. Of course they are coming back down only because of the actual slacking of demand on oil right now. That is largely coming from the decrease in demand from the United States, which has been in gasoline sticker shock from most of the spring and summer of this wonderful year so far. It should also be noted, that a lot of the saber-rattling that has been going on so far in the last few months over in the middle east has amounted to nothing and that weather predictions have thus far proved to have little impact on production as well. Are the fuel prices we are paying at the pump likely to go back below $3.00 per gallon? It could, but I doubt it will personally. Certainly the days of $1 and change gas per gallon are long past us. Continue reading “Logistics of Fuel Boycott”
As I return to work and my regular routine, I heard an interesting series of reports regarding the plan of many congressional republicans to find more oil and use less. I think the absurdity of and upside down status from standard economical theories and laws is almost comical, so quickly: If there is more oil available, the supply is hence up; as supply is increased the price will go down. If the price goes down, as we have seen for the 30 years from 1975 to 2005 in this country, what happens to the basic idea of conservation and working toward a model with a much greater independence from oil as an energy source in the long-term?
What I really want to focus on though is the find more part of the equation. First, let me say, I don’t have too much problem with opening the coast lines on the Pacific and Atlantic coast up to some limited exploration and drilling. I do feel like the areas in Alaska are perhaps a little bit more in greater need of federal protection as lands that were set aside on that, but even that I am a bit up in the air about. However, the argument that opening these coastal areas up to exploration and drilling is in any way going to help the current energy price crisis is absolutely absurd.