By Ralph Hood
What the Heck?
I am flat out amazed. Oil prices are down. Im saving more than $14 on every tank of gas for my little pickup truck. The airlines are making a profit and alls right with the world.
Or is it?
On TV the talking heads are worrying about the oil companies. How are they going to survive? Woe is us. Hey, dont they realize that this is what weve been dreaming and jabbering about for lo these many years? Havent they been preaching about freeing ourselves from fossil fuel for as long as we can remember? Now that its working, we should be worried about it?
Wait a minuteoh nodo you think theyre building up the propaganda in favor of a bailout of the oil companies? Hey, we bail out banks and auto companies, why not oil companies? We cant just let them go broke, cant we?
Of course we can.
Whatever happened to letting the marketplace decide theuh, wellthe marketplace, dadgummit? The free market means that companies that please the public will make a profit. Companies that dont, wont. We cant let business reap the benefits when the marketplace gives them the edge, and then bail them out when the marketplace shines less brightly on their house. When will we accept that fact?
Businesses should know and understand that when they dont please the marketplace, theyve gotta do something, and do it quickly. Maybe they should get into the hybrid-vehicle business, or sell dog food or something. I dunno.
Hey, face it folks, all of us are consumers. All of us are not oil producers. Just think of the millions and millions of our citizens who arelike ussaving a ton on refueling the family car. And theyre trying to tell us to worry about the oil companies?
Hey, I never told them to get into the oil business in the first place. Did you?
We keep reading/seeing/hearing about things like Will cheap gas eliminate the drive to produce hybrid and electric cars and airplanes? Heck no!
Besides, fossil fuel is still not cheap. Its just less expensive than it was. Also, it is getting more expensive to find fossil fuel, get it out of the ground and get it to the consumer. Fossil fuel, like tobacco, is on the way out. Isnt that what we wanted? On top of all that, weve got Rootin Putin on the ropes for a change!
HeyI thought we wanted to get rid of fossil fuels to save the world and protect the ozone layer. Have we forgotten that?
For crying out loud, do I have to explain everything?
By Ralph Hood