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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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

At This Specific Point:

  • Iraq doesn't scare me;
  • Terrorism doesn't scare me;
  • The housing market doesn't scare me;
  • Iran doesn't scare me;
Oil prices scare me -- and few people seem to much care. To illustrate, Hugh Hewitt is breast-beating about The Vagina Monologues being hosted at Notre Dame. Excuse me, that's just entirely immaterial at this point. Even Hewitt doesn't "get it."

Oil came close to breaching $110 a barrel, boosted by signs that demand in China remained robust and investors were seeking protection against further weakness in the US dollar. The rise in oil prices came after the International Energy Agency, the western countries’ energy watchdog, said that global oil demand growth in 2008 was relatively robust in spite of record prices and an economic slowdown in the US.

Articles of Note:
Oil price fails to spark merger activity - Mar-11
Independents wrestle with shift in power - Mar-11
Central Asian gas prices set to rise in 2009 - Mar-11
Cleaner fuel is now a global commodity - Mar-07
Gas is key to future growth of oil groups - Mar-02
Vacuuming up small assets in south-east Asia - Feb-26

The IEA said world oil demand would grow this year by 1.7m barrels a day, up from 0.9m b/d in 2007. It said demand would hit an average of 87.5m b/d, down 80,000 b/d from its previous estimate.

Analysts believe oil's underlying supply and demand fundamentals do not support such high prices, and argue that crude's rise in recent months is mostly due to the falling dollar. Crude futures offer a hedge against a falling dollar, and oil futures bought and sold in dollars are more attractive to foreign investors when the dollar is weak.

The Energy Department and IEA, an energy consultant to western, industrialized nations, raised more concerns about the economic slowdown's impact on oil consumption Tuesday when both forecasters cut U.S. demand growth forecasts, but said strong demand overseas will keep prices elevated this year.

Further, of little notice was President Bush's recent trip to Africa late in February. He toured Tanzania and other countries regarding US support for AIDS and other humanitarian issues. The Journal of Turkish Weekly said, though, that those weren't the bullet points Bush sought. Instead, Bush was trying to locate AFRICOM permanent US bases on the continent ahead of China, because Africa is one of the last untapped oil resources on the planet.

My thoughts? Screw China. Locate the bases. Tap away. Keep the oil flowing. We should be there to exploit the oil. If we don't source

However, it turned out that Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana refused the offer. And Kunle Somorin of Nigeria's Leadership said that, with the decision, Africans cut off their own noses to spite their faces, resulting in the loss of numerous new jobs and an infusion of foreign currency into desperate nations. AFRICOM, it turns out, will be located in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Africans were stupid, and President Bush was stupid to let it go at that.

We'll see $4.00 gas in a month, and $5.00 gas by August or September. That'd be $80.00 to fill my 16-gallon tank.

You want to completely kill this economy and the nation?

Keep it up. The Demorats are doing their level best to keep it up. And the Republicans are remaining conspicuously absent like the limp-wristed pussies they are.



Blogger shoprat said...

It looks as if it would be to everyones' advantage, except for Chavez and Muzzie pals, if we could convince Canada, and ourselves, to produce more.

Tue Mar 11, 06:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Would it ever! Will we? Despite our having the ability? I decline to have positive thoughts about this; I fervently believe SOME people won't be pleased until our economy DOES tank and THEN they'll excoriate that occurrence.

But they will NOT enjoy what they get.


Tue Mar 11, 07:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

the high price of oil we import contributes to the loss of the dollar's value which contributes to the climbing price of oil. keep this cycle up and we will be living in grass huts with the Africans. or we will all be the indentured servants of the Saudi family. but there's a good side, at least the caribou in alaska won't have to see a cricket pump.

Say! Shoprat has a good Idea! wonder why nobody in washington thought of that?

Tue Mar 11, 07:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

the sad truth is there is no short term fix for this problem, we had plenty of time to prepare for this, all economists projected the increase of oil consumption in asia years ago. but we were more concerned with the welfare of snail darters squirrels, the emotional impact oil wells would have on the caribou herds etc.

Tue Mar 11, 07:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

href="">US tells Canada, we don't want your stinkin oil!!!

Wed Mar 12, 04:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

why is it some days blogger comments will not let ya link shit?

Wed Mar 12, 06:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

I hate to agree with you on this one, BZ, but I think you're exactly right. We sit here and bitch about the price of gas, but nothing gets done. We've let the libtards stop us from drilling for our own oil and have only built one refinery in the past 30 years. The libs say they want "alternative energy" then gripe because the wind turbins are ugly! We're damned if we do and damned if we don't, and I don't see any way out of it. There's going to be a recession for certain, and my husband and I are set up pretty good to withstand it, but the majority of folks can't say that, including the libtards who are causing a huge part of the problem in the first place!

Wed Mar 12, 08:46:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

" my husband and I are set up pretty good to withstand it, but the majority of folks can't say that, including the libtards who are causing a huge part of the problem in the first place!"

Dont worry, the libs will try their damnedest to make sure you are in the same boat as they are.

Wed Mar 12, 10:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

We are thinking of buying a home in the next few months. I wonder if we should wait??

Wed Mar 12, 03:24:00 PM PDT  

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