Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pumping up gas prices

Governor Mike Beebe has called on the federal government to investigate why gas prices are rising. Well, that should get the ball rolling!

Of course, that little unpleasantness over in Iraq probably has a little something to do with it, but there are other reasons. What follows is by no means a comprehensive commentary. Being radio, this is hit and run information.

It is not only Iraq that is unstable. Nigeria is having problems and there is that nutcase Hugo Chavez down in Venezuela. For some strange and totally inexplicable reason, oil and gas seem to come from places which do not have the best government.

Another problem is the 700 pound gorilla in the parlor, China. Not only are these despicable tyrants the worst polluters on earth, they are beginning to really put the squeeze on oil supplies. I hate to sound like I am sticking up for President Bush and his Texas cronies. Heck, they don’t give a rip what happens to real people, but it just isn’t their fault alone.

The problem, of course, is the automobile, but what are people in Arkansas supposed to do anyway? We make less money and drive older less fuel-efficient cars. We live in the country and drive greater distances.

The first part of finding a way out of the energy crunch is leadership. Good luck, USA.

(Broadcast May 29, 2007)

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