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March 22, 2012

Scapegoats, Lies and Photo Ops Will Not Bring Gas Prices Down

by lewwaters

“The recent spike in gasoline prices following that huge spike in 2007, 2008 is a reminder to Americans that the price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up just because of supply and demand issues.”

The above quote was spoken by Steven Chu, Energy Secretary for the Obama Administration in a March 20, 2011 Fox News interview, clearly acknowledging that supply is a part of why our gas prices have climbed. At the time he spoke that, gas was costing on average about $3.54 per gallon.

One year later the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.88 with several areas of the country exceeding $4.00 per gallon and inching closer to $5 a gallon.

Acknowledging that supply has an effect of how much we pay at the pump, we saw Barack Obama down in Brazil in March 2011 telling the Brazilians, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”

Months after being inaugurated, with unemployment already well above 9%, still indicating the importance of supply, Obama, speaking of the Saudi’s was quoted, “In those discussions I will be very honest with Saudi King Abdullah with whom I have developed a good relationship, indicating to him that we are not going to be eliminating our need for oil imports in the immediate future.”

Clearly, in spite of growing calls for more alternative energy sources, even though they have been shown to be inefficient, unreliable and overly expensive, Obama and those in power realize that oil remains our most efficient and economical source of energy available. Several past calls have been made for Middle Eastern countries to increase their oil production, increasing supply and bringing prices down.

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June 30, 2011

Oil and Infrastructure to China, What Will Americans Get?

by lewwaters

It seems we are locked in a perpetual political campaign with Republicans lining up to oppose Barack Obama and Obama doing what he can to solidify his grasp on power. Promises are made, promises are broken. Positions are taken and fingers are pointed all over the place for blame for our predicament.

Most of all we will hear what each candidate believes to be the answer to the nation’s problems, how to bring the unemployment numbers down, how to rebuild the country, how to improve the average citizens life and you can expect to hear offers of how government either will step in to take care of us or how it demeans us when it does.

Pretty much the same old tired political posturing we always hear while people still remain unemployed in historic numbers and see no way out.

Two areas of importance that receive a lot of lip service are energy and infrastructure. Energy is power. Power to fuel the nation to prosperity and maintain our lifestyle. Infrastructure is freedom of movement in a safe and efficient manner. Both are necessary to move our goods within our borders and overseas.

As important as both are and as much attention as they have expressed towards them during campaigns, it is unthinkable that both are slipping away from us rapidly.

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