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Bloviating Zeppelin: Stand By: Gas Prices To INCREASE

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Stand By: Gas Prices To INCREASE

Expect your gas prices to increase.

BP (British Petroleum) which owns ARCO in America has shut down its Prudhoe Bay operations as of August 7th, due to pipeline corrosion and possible subsequent leakage.

In 1998 BP merged with Amoco (once called Standard Oil) and created BP Amoco. In 2000, BP bought out ARCO (the Atlantic Richfield Company).

When you ram "low cost" gas into your car at ARCO (like I do) for cash, you're shipping money to BP.

From AP:

BP PLC said Monday it will replace 73 percent of the pipelines from the nation's largest oil field and that production could be closed for weeks or months, crimping the nation's oil supplies at a time of peak demand.

BP, the world's second-largest oil company, began shutting down the pipelines on Monday and said it would replace 16 miles of the 22 miles of transit pipeline it operates in the Prudhoe Bay field following a leak discovered Sunday.

Initially, speculators are indicating that gas prices at the pump should rise by roughly 10-cents per gallon immediately. Trust me when I say that the various oil companies will NOT fail to adhere to this "prediction."

Otherwise, additional speculators indicate the price per barrel may increase another $10 to $85+.

An incredible 8% of our oil is sourced from the Prudhoe Bay BP fields.

Perhaps it's time to garage your SUV and, in protestation of the crunch to come, bike or motorcycle or carpool to work -- just as the government advocates.

Except that, in a free market economy, too much conservation can impact the oil companies in ways they had not yet foreseen. And too much conservation is not what the oil companies want.

It is still my belief that oil is the primary reason for our involvement in the Middle East. I am nothing if not pragmatic. I want oil for my country; I also want us to sever as many ties to the insane Middle East as humanly possible.

Make no mistake: we are where we are because of our dependence on oil. We would not tolerate, for a moment, what is occurring in Persia had we true independence. Or we would tend to collectively look the other way.

We have done what must be done to sustain our way.

I submit that it is time for "our way" in terms of energy production and consumption to change.

Nuclear? Solar? Fusion? Hydrogen?

Bring it on -- as long as we hose the belligerent barbarians in Islam.

BZ

2 Comments:

Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Mr. Z - I have looked at the alternatives, they are not good for the terrestrial based long-term. For the short term of 30 years or so we can do all sorts of funnish things and tweak at the edges. That said we still need, desperately, a long term energy policy and a stop gap energy policy for those fun 30 years or so.

I recommend investing heavily in the Canadian oil sands and opening up the continental shelf to exploration and drilling... as I laid out in the stop-gap plan, plus heavy investment in getting us off of these consumables and into a true renewable...

Any biomass solution makes us absolutely dependent upon agriculture for *fuel*. And requires high investment into the Nation's infrastructure. With the folks doing the proof of concept of balloon-to-orbit it is now time to start offering prizes to actually beam energy down to Earth and make a sustainable space-based infrastructure and get NASA out of the business.

It is pure idiocy to have destroyed our heavy lift capacity and gotten zilch in return. Criminal to have destroyed that because *we have needs on Earth for that money*. Uh-huh. And what did all that investment in poverty get us? More poverty! Instead of heavy industrial jobs for space. And NOW we can pay dearly for that oversight and at a far, far higher cost.

Thanks to the Left for that. Such nice folks to destroy the Nation's infrastructure by doing that. Now when we *need* a future resource independent of the Arab oil what do we have? Nada.

For *looking to the future* the Left sure does like to destroy the present.

Color me bitter... I am sure I can get to vituperative when I get some energy back... heh...

Mon Aug 07, 05:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: you are right. Oil is oil.

There are the Canadian oil sands and fields in Montana and various fields off the Fornicalia coast.

And you are Right. The Left does what it can to destroy whatever the Right proposes for alternative sources.

BZ

Mon Aug 07, 05:43:00 PM PDT  

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