Saturday, July 05, 2008

Let Them Eat Cake

From my old Senator, Mike Crapo of Idaho:
"The driving distances between places in our state as well as limited public transportation options mean that many of us don’t have any choice but to keep driving and paying those ever-increasing prices for fuel."
It is this reality that drives my anger at the "let them eat cake" conservationists barely containing their glee at higher gas prices. After 30+ years of no new drilling, no refineries, and no solutions there are way too many people in this country pleased at all the "lifestyle changes" higher prices are causing.

In order to inject a little reality into Congress, Senator Crapo is asking for real world examples of the effects of rising energy prices:
So I am asking for your help. I'd like to share your stories about the impact that high gas and energy prices are having on your lives. It is important that my colleagues in the Senate better understand how real people in Idaho are coping with these escalating costs. Idahoans cannot ignore rising gasoline prices, and your stories could help convince federal lawmakers to stop ignoring this crisis.

If you'd be willing to share your story, please take a few minutes to send me an e-mail at with a paragraph or two about how you and/or your family are affected by high energy prices. It would also be worthwhile for you to share the priorities that you think Congress should set in resolving this crisis—increased domestic oil production, expanded nuclear energy research, incentives for conservation, whatever you want to share.


Unknown said...

Done and copied you on the email.

Charles D said...

The problem with Senator Crapo's "write me" campaign and with his proposed Gas Price Reduction Act, is that neither will reduce gas prices. By the time his offshore oil and oil shale exploration actually come to fruition, the worldwide demand will have increased to more than exceed the additional supply.

Crapo estimates 14 Billion barrels could be recovered from as yet untapped offshore sources. Since the U.S. uses 20.6 million barrels per day at present rates of consumption, that oil would represent a 680 day supply. Of course, it won't all be recovered at once and it will be some years before the first commercial production occurs. As for the Western oil shale deposits, Wikipedia states that "...there is not yet any significant commercial production of oil from oil shale in the United States as of 2008, its oil shale reserves do not meet the petroleum industry definition of proven oil reserves."

While this may prove to be a good political move for Crapo, his "solution" will do nothing to reduce gas prices at the pump.

Cameron said...

Thanks Candace.

DL, once again it will take a combination of things to stabalize gas prices. You consistently forget that. Another thing you consistently forget is that there is much good to be had from energy independence, regardless of what happens to prices.

Charles D said...

I quite obviously do not forget that it will take a variety of actions to resolve our current energy crisis - check some of my past posts. I am pretty clear on that score.

We have known for over 30 years that we needed to work on energy independence, but those efforts have been consistently blocked by Republicans. Instead of moving to reduce our oil demand, our government did everything it could to increase it.

Conserve? No, it could hurt the economy. Develop alternative energy sources? No, we must depend on market forces. Invest in passenger rail? No, that's elitist. Impose fuel economy standards? No, that would hurt the auto industry. Thank you conservatives! Now we should listen to your "solutions"? I think not.

Cameron said...

You quite obviously do not advocate a variety of actions. A variety would include shale, offshore, ANWR, refineries etc., yet to every one of those actions you consistently tout the "evidence" that they individually won't solve the energy issue. Well, DL, that's why it's called a variety. Through conservation, through alternatives, and yes, through increased domestic production, the energy crisis can be met.

Charles D said...

You define a variety to mean "including the actions I think are worthwhile". I advocate a variety of methods, but do not think those you advocate are worthwhile. All the actions you support merely continue our addiction to oil and line the pockets of those who are already profiting from the high price of gas.

Cameron said...

You define a variety to mean "including the actions I think are worthwhile".

No. Way.

Of course I think they're worthwhile.

All the actions you support merely continue our addiction to oil...

No, because I advocate a variety of actions, including alternatives and conservation. But I am realistic enough to know that those actions are only a piece of the solution, and that simply telling someone in Idaho to drive less isn't much of a solution at all, and I don't have an ingrained hatred of people making a profit.

All the actions you promote merely continue our skyrocketing oil prices and feed our addiction to foreign oil.

Charles D said...

I see we disagree on this. I plan to post on this topic soon.

Charles D said...

High Gas Prices and Foolish Diversions