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Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 3:53 PM

With oil (and gas) prices going higher and higher and then the huge jump today, do you think our government can do something to control this spiral?

I know about the big new demands in China and other emerging energy markets. Is this the problem or is spring break and Easter travel approaching an excuse for greed?

Not for one minute have I been convinced that the huge profits being shown quarterly by oil giants such Exxon Mobil can be explained away by claiming they are putting all those billions in exploration and new techniques.

I'd like to think big oil doesn't have too many of our elected and appointed officials in their hip pockets to the extent they can do nothing to help this matter, but...

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Well Bo, with the President and Vice-President being oil-men, I don't think "Big Oil" really has to have many other people in their hip-pockets. It's all about the money.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 4:57 PM

We need to find alternative sources of oil-like teenagers.

If we could reduce the number of shiny noses and fix it so our youth could provide their own bio-fuel and plastics,then we'd be ahead of the game.

We don't need to be so desperate for any commodities that we are compelled to abandon our morality to support our comfort.

The companies telling the truth about their altruism and innovation will find a way to stay afloat without doing so at our expense.

The rest will find new ways to exploit if we become better stewards of our resources and cut them off from our funds.

They'll turn to new allies and victims but,by then,we'll know who the bad guys are and we can take appropriate action before they build their platinum-plated fortresses on the ruins of our society.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 7:55 PM

Why do you think their largest profits ever have been achieved during the last 4 years? Because, they knew they better exploit the consumers for as long as possible, whild Mr. Bush and company were still in charge...

I don't think corporations that make a PROFIT of $100,000,000,000 a year need a tax break either. Sorry, I have no pity for them. They make as much in an hour as most people do in a lifetime. Pathetic!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 8:02 PM

Can our government do anything? Yes!

Will they do anything? Well let's not hold our breath as long as we have oilmen in the highest offices. It just amazes me that those that voted for Dubya and Dick could not see this coming.

Now what can our government do? They can put money into R & D for the most promising alternative energy projects. Then to get people to buy these new technologies the government should subsidize these new technologies until they are mass produced enough to bring the price down to a level that everyone could afford to purchase these new cars, heating & cooling systems and other green power for electricity production.

There are other alternative energy options right now, but they are still in the prototype stages and the cost of producing them will be so high, that unless the government subsidizes them, then no one will buy them, until the price of oil goes even higher, which it most surely will.

On top of all this our national security is becoming more at risk with each barrel of oil we buy. There is not a country belonging to OPEC that is a TRUE friend of the US. Our leaders are lining their own pockets at the risk of destroying this nation by giving terrorist nations the money they need to destroy us by attacks or even worse, but highly likely destroying us from within.

Does anyone not believe our leaders don't know all of these things?


-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 9:53 PM

Our leaders know full well what they're doing. Why do you think they refuse to answer to anyone. They are most secretive, vindictive, and dishonest administration in recent memory. Like for instance, pardoning telecom corporations for illegally recording phone conversations. The president and those companies believe it was legal, yet it is something they need IMMUNITY for. LOL... Our current leaders care more about corporations, the wealthy, and interest groups than any other form of life.

People still defend them, as if it's unpatriotic to question corrupt leaders? Saddam wanted nobody to question his power, Hitler abused his to the point of mass genocide and our very own President is doing the same, only we have organizations to do the dirty work behind closed doors. Soon enough, the country will wake up. They need to stop dreaming, as in the "American Dream" and start living in Reality.

But the truth is, I can't possibly blame the leaders, without first wondering why those who didn't do their research voted for someone who says all the right things, but has yet to DO any of them. The courts decided his first term, and supposedly the people allowed this crap to continue, for his second. Now, if this were a Democrat I am sure the Republicans would be blaming him/her. But they suddenly forget they were in power from 2000-2006.

Alternative energy is available, but just like pharmacuetical companies suppress cures from being released, so too do oil companieS suppress any threat to their bottom line. [With the exception of multi million dollar executive pay]...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 10:50 PM

It sickens my husband and I.

My husband drives five days a week to and from Nashville to work. He spends about $80 a week on gas...a gas efficient car at that. If gas goes up any more, then he will have to commute with his brother, who also works the same job, too save money. We just can't see spending $100 a week on gas!

Ten years ago when I started driving, gas was .97 a gallon! That would be luxury compared to now! LoL

Rumor has it that gas will be $4.00 or

more come summer!


-- Posted by Mary on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 10:57 AM

$4/gal will happen. Search the ExxonMobil Venezuela dispute!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 2:41 PM

Mary, not trying to be annoying, but why in the world, given the opportunity to car pool with his brother, have they not been doing this all along. Regardless of the current gas prices that makes sense both economically and environmentally.

-- Posted by devan on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 12:29 PM

They may not work the exact same schedule, but who knows... Good question!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:04 PM


They commute together when my brother-in-law has car problems, which is often. Since they both work on commision, and not by the hour, they have different times they get off. They can not leave until they deliver their route (beer deliveries). Sometimes they wait on eachother for three hours until the long drive home.

That three hours waisted could have been spent with us at home, but I'm about to the point where something has to give.

Today, he spent $40 on a tank of gas. His car is a little Mazda that gets about 32 MPG on a good week.

Not only is gas going up, but today, I went grocery shopping. Not even a buggy full of groceries was over $100!!! I about passed out!

Save-A-Lot, here I come!

-- Posted by Mary on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:59 PM

Mary you are hilarious!!! I understand your complaints 100%...

I mentioned on one of Thom's previous blogs about inflation, gas prices, the impending recession, the downward trend in the housing market, etc... he and others said "I don't see no stinking recession".. a week after that blog, the top three news stories were "Oil now at $100/barrel, Inflation the worst it's been in 17 years, and "Recession fears are becoming reality"...

So yeah, unfortunately, me paying attention in my economics class benefited me enough to somewhat predict the inevitable truth. In the meantime, you should consider researching the Nissan Altima Hybrid, [2008]... Family size car, with the biggest incentives, and government rebates available. And it achieves upwards of 40+ mpg for city and 36+mpg highway .. Real world test have indicated those figures are accurate.

If you feel it will pay for itself, in saving on gas/rebates, etc you should consider it. Just trying to pass on friendly advice, and no I do not work for Nissan, in any form or fashion.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 7:49 PM

Thanks for the advice! I wish we could upgrade to a hybrid. That is actually my dream more than my husband's as he thinks hybrid cars are kinda "girly!" Hahahaha

When we have our next baby, we will have to upgrade, so I'll deffinately keep pushing him.

Yeah, we follow the news via newspaper everyday, and have been seeing the downfall with the economy. You can only ignore it for so long before it slaps you in the face at the grocery store.

-- Posted by Mary on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 7:00 PM

Well... Good luck on the job thing. And they do say girls are smarter than boys [which isn't always true, lol] but if hybrids are "girly" then, well in this case hybrids are "smarter"...

But seriously, I hope things start changing with the economy, but until January 20, 2009 that isn't likely to happen.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 9:52 PM

Hybreds are not just girly, there stupid. Not been able to find the graveyard of used cars replaced by hybreds.....Oh! Yes! Of course! They have been sold as used cars....Meaning mr. greenie, that devise is still polluting, and all your doing in a hybred is saying LOOK AT ME! Social one upsmanship. I think its great you enjoy driving something that ugly. We all make choices.....right now I think I shall continue research into starting my own carbon offset corporation.

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Fri, Feb 29, 2008, at 5:27 PM

Do you think it would be possible for the American public to totally boycott Exxon Mobil if they post a huge, possibly even a record, profit in the next quarterly report?

Would that energy giant even flinch if totally ignored for a month or so?

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Feb 29, 2008, at 10:43 PM

Nope! What happened to electric? Its real, its been around since 1930. A short look into the web for info on this subject has me asking why its so expensive to buy electric cars? being alone and unashamed to point fingers....I say to any man or women buying a hybred "STOP IT". Prove your a part of the future by investing in electro-tech corporations. Be the type of people that created the ground floor that created GM and Ford.

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 2:38 PM

Better yet,use horses (or dogs or llamas).

They're organic,can find their way home if the driver is incapacitated,don't change models to meet the fads,can be produced at home and can make their own replacements.

Plus,their "pollution" is biodegradable, they can defend the home and they take to cuddling more than anything found in the Blue Book.

Think about it.

Stories about horses and their humans:

Fury,Flicka,The Black Stallion,National Velvet,Misty of Chincoteague,Black Beauty,Smokey the Cowhorse,Black Gold,Tonka,Justin Morgan had a Horse and King of the Wind....

Stories about cars and their human buddies: Herbie,the Love Bug,Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,K.I.T.T.

(Abigail Crabtree doesn't count since she was a human reincarnated as her son's 1928 Porter.)

Stories by the likes of Stephen King,Roger Zelazny,and Harlan Ellison have featured villains with infernal combustion engines.

How many tales of sinister horses can you name?

(No,Mr. Ed was amoral-not evil.)

Equine transportation might be low on horsepower but they make up for it in style.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 7:58 PM

Not all hybrids are "stupid" and "ugly"... In fact, their purposes aren't to be the most attractive car, they are to be the most efficient.

Not to pick a bone, but if you can't even spell "hybrid" I don't know what you really know about them.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 9:38 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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