(03-22-2012 06:13 PM)dcCid Wrote: What exactly are these government interventions and regulations that are increasing the cost of gasoline?
When was the last time the federal gas tax was increased?
What exactly is the oil crises that you say the administration has created?
Petroleum refining is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the US. Check anywhere online. Regulations are changing with each new congress in the form or clean air acts and other bills designed to discouraged to reduce global warming. The US has some of the toughest regulations on greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. The formula for gasoline changes seasonally in order to meet these regulation, and as a result the cost continues to rise. Not only does gasoline formula change seasonally, but it also varies by state, meaning the refineries have to make multiple blends of gasoline, again driving up the price.
The federal gasoline tax hasn't been raised since 1993, but state taxes have increased. I was speaking more generally when i said state and federal taxes, including all taxes paid by the suppliers and refineries and not just the specific gasoline tax. In NC, the state gas tax increased just a few months ago to what I believe is on of the highest in the country.
The administration is creating an atrifical disaster by doing nothing but focusing on the negatives of pertoleum based energy, specifically oil and gas. By omitting facts about estimated and proven oil reserves the administration is making it seem like there is an impending shortage in the near future. The administration would also lead the public to believe the US causes more polution than any other country, and we are evil for doing so. Killing projects like the Keystone pipeline causes a panic-like reaction from the public, as does putting moratoriums on drilling.
It appears there is a willful and deliberate move on the part of the administration to cause people to not only feel guilty about oil consumption in the US, but fear running out of oil, and fear being dependent upon oil from the Middle East when the US is about to be a net exporter of oil this year.
It would appear it is all designed to push the country rather forcibly into implementing alternative soucres of energy prematurely. Hydrogen, LP, and electric aren't ready for wide-spread use for US transportation yet but the govt would force it upon us if it could.
There is the possibility of a gas shortage on the east coast this summer due to two refineries in the northeast shutting down because they couldn't afford to buy crude straight off the boat from overseas. You don't think that investments into petroleum infrastructure in the US, domestic drilling, or the Keystone pipeline could have helped those refineries stay open? Even a govt backed loan or grant would have been more useful to the American public had it gone to those two refineries instead of Solyndra or the other failed green energy companies that have wasted billions of taxpayers dollars.
Right now there isn't a viable alternative to oil. Why make it so expensive and put such a financial burden on the American public for no cause? This administration wants the American people to hurt, to become dependent on their handouts just to survive. Artifically raising fuel prices effects all aspects of life in America from how much you drive, to the cost of your clothing and dry goods to food. The less the public can afford on their own, the more power the govt has. Thats why this is so dangerous, its not about greed, not about money. It's about control of the American public. Creating an artifical oil crisis is just another means to grab more power and exert more control over the American public, specifically those of us not living on govt handouts already.