We want cheap gas, and we want it NOW!

I want it now!Like the beastly little girl in the Chocolate Factory movie, when Americans want something, they want it now.

An AP story in the Santa Fe New Mexican the other day complained that even if Republicans got their way and new drilling began, “motorists would feel little or no relief if they did.” Gosh, really? You mean the minute the oil companies started the paperwork to put the process in motion, a gazillion gallons of gas wouldn’t suddenly appear by magic and make the price at the pump drop to $1.50? Really? Gee, mister, why is that?

We are now paying the price (almost $4.50 a gallon here in Santa Fe) for Congressional Democrats’ refusal since 1981 to allow drilling off-shore, as well as for their unwillingness to allow the extraction of the oil we know for a fact is sitting under the Alaska wildlife refuge. Do most of the people crowing about the caribou (including John McCain, who though he has gotten smart and come out for off-shore drilling, is still holding the eco-line on Alaska) have any idea how big Alaska really is? How many miles and miles upon miles and miles of pristine, virgin land is up there? Go to Google Maps and take an aerial tour of the place. A few oil wells are not going to turn this vast frozen wilderness into downtown Detroit. Honestly.

Neither are they going to make pump prices drop instantaneously. But if we’d done it years ago, we wouldn’t be in this mess today. Nothing is going to fix the problem right now, and all the whining and demanding and raging in the world isn’t going to change that. All it does is make us sound like a bunch of bad eggs.

Comments 2

  1. Fred wrote:

    There is no way of knowing if it would have made a difference. The price of a oil is based on a global market. Who is to say that the Saudi would just drop their output to match our gains. The best bet would to lower our need of oil in general.

    Posted 01 Aug 2008 at 5:04 am
  2. Brigette Russell wrote:

    If we can become energy independent, then let the Saudis do what they like and it won’t affect us. That energy independence should include both greater oil production and alternative energy sources. Decreasing demand would also be great, but so far we’ve failed miserably at achieving this — until $4/gallon gas, that is. Just shows you that the only way to lower demand is through the free market — lower supply means higher prices means lots of complaining but also less driving, and hence less demand.

    The problem with expecting government policies to fix the energy problem is that we have “Government by Opinion Poll” in this country, and the vast majority of the men and women in Congress will do and say anything to keep their cushy jobs in Washington, and that means flip-flopping to follow the opinion polls. And since our electorate is for the most part appallingly ill-informed about energy issues, this means schizophrenic poll results and hence schizophrenic policy decisions.

    Posted 01 Aug 2008 at 8:37 pm

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