Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
When the cost of energy increases, the costs of everything increases.
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
Just let the free market decide. If people want to use gasoline, then let them. If you want an electric car then buy one.
Gas prices shouldn't be contorled by one entity(government) or entities(OPEC). A company should be able to sell gas at the price it wants. If another compnay wants to sell gas at a lower price it will create competition and force the other company to lower its prices to get more sales.
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There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. - F.A. Hayek
- Our own prosperity is inextricably linked to world prosperity.
- World prosperity is inextricably linked to a stable global supply of oil.
- We get most of our foreign oil from Canada.
- We don't want M.E. oil nations holding the rest of the world hostage for the oil that they supply to them. (Do we want other nations in the world paying more attention to what we want, or paying more attention to what Arabs want?)
- We don't want the nations of the world to be considering whether to conquer the M.E. in order to secure their own supply of oil. Making sure that M.E. oil reaches the global marketplace does that, and it does it in a very market oriented manner.
- Therefore, we have a profound interest in maintaining stability in the flow of oil from the M.E., regardless as to whether the oil we ourselves buy comes from there or not.
The economic and political realities aren't tidy and they don't lend themselves to simple idealistic principles or solutions. WWI could be considered the first oil war, and WWII was simply a follow on to that first war. The U.S. withdrawing from our role in the M.E. would be to invite military solutions to allocation of a profoundly important resource. The human misery that would likely result from disengagement far outweighs whatever miseries we have encountered as a result of our involvement, as demonstrated by an understanding of history.
Given such, the characterization that we 'bow' to Arabs is just silly. We do not 'bow' to Arabs. There is sometimes a contest of wills, certainly, but we hold our own handily in this game on the board that is set before us.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
The solution to this "problem" lies in the past.
And learning from our elders !
From the past events we must learn.
Both whale oil and petroleum are finite in their quantities.
Imagine how expensive whale oil must have been at the "end".
Petroleum will be the same way when its time comes.
Of course, back then, the people (the masses) were not that dependent on whale oil...I think that it was always a luxury.
With the dependency the masses have on oil - problems arise when the supply runs low, as it seems to be.
I believe that it is our governments responsibility to assure a constant supply of low lost energy.
This is where I break from the Libertarians and Conservatives....
We must have a national energy plan - decisions must be made..
Diesel oil to replace gasoline
natural gas to replace fuel oil for heating
Nuclear to replace oil for electricity......
solar and wind to supplement
Maybe we need to bring some Europeans over here to show us how to do these things!
And, in the meantime, the price of petroleum continues to rise.
But I do agree that our government must maintain a hands-off approach to an extent....
This(oil shortages) is becoming a serious problem, beyond the ability of the people to solve.
It must be solved by government.
Why - the vested interest of the "markets" is to earn money.
The vested interest of "government" must be the welfare of the people.
One cannot do the others job and vice-versa......but they can and should work together in a common goal.
Let's copy the German solution. Huge industrial base and they are shutting down "nukes" and installing huge wind and solar. If Germany can do it, we can. I think the Centralized Distribution of Energy Grid is the problem, not the solution. It represents old line monopoly politics running our country. Why do you think we have OIL wars? Did you vote for one? Did you choose to send one of your sons over to help out Big OIL? Wars run on energy and make big energy, big money, and then they profit from the spoils of the wars, OIL, by bringing it into their Distribution Network. That is the problem. If you're an OILman, it is only good sense to gin up more wars in OIL countries. Start by buying your influential politicians to organize your legislative activities and buy some media to demonize those no-good scumbags sitting on your OIL under their dirty ol' homelands. At the same time invest in defense corporation stocks because the wars will make them money also. Remember, wars run on energy and the Pentagon is the largest purchaser of energy in the world. Get your war on, it's good for business.