Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ills of oil consumption

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Ills of oil consumption

Countries such as China and Japan produce like mad and sell like mad and have huge trade balances, because they export more than they import. But we in the United States are such gluttons we guzzle down everything and consume everything, especially oil. Oil consumption in the U.S. has not gone down the slightest bit. We’re not conserving a bit, instead we’re actually using more. The oil companies raise prices, we even raise taxes on oil, and we still buy more.

Raising prices is not going to slow people down one iota from taking their Sunday afternoon drive or their vacation or their weekend trip, not a bit. The only thing that will even stop them is rationing, and we’re going to come to it one of these days.

However, the American driver, rather than see gasoline rationed and vacations shortened and big cars shortened, I’m sure, would much prefer to go to war and steal oil, grab off a few countries (Iraq and now Iran?) that have oil, all under the excuse of saving Israel.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park

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