Monday, February 26, 2007

Slow Burn

Like clockwork, once every week during the early morning newscasts, one of our local TV stations primes us for the inevitable. The giggly chuckling talking heads tease us"You're gonna pay more at the pumps." First of all, what's so damn funny about it? Last week they quoted an "expert" who says gas will be back at $3 a gallon by summer because "people paid that before and didn't flinch." Didn't flinch? Is that why Ford took a huge loss? Is that why GM is cutting costs? Americans flinched and they flinched by parking the SUV and buying Hyundais and Kias (as those Americans a little bit better-off turned to Toyota, Honda and Nissan.) The Auto Industry was still the
"backbone" of our economy (or is it now the food service industry) last time I heard anyone discuss it.

So, one week they blame the price of oil. The next week it was "the cold." Er-doesn't it get cold every winter? Just because it stayed warm loner than usual in the Northeast that means we must be penalized by the oil industry? The following week they trot out "Trudy Lundberg" to explain why prices are rising. What next? Easter? Spring? Naturally the dreaded "summer driving season" and that special "summer blend" of gas will send prices even higher.

What's the solution? Conserve, but not at the expense of your personal safety. Pedal your bike to work, but don't be afraid to take the bus or even drive your car on a rainy or otherwise miserable day. If you're smart, you probably already know which nearby gas stations are always cheaper than others. Patronize them. Buy your coffee, doughnut and newspaper there.

Bottom line: these goofy TV anchors are merely pawns. If they weren't, they wouldn't be smiling when they say you're gonna pay. They're letting us know that the powers-that-be are going to make the price of gasoline $3 a gallon, so Exxon can break last year's profit record.
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1 comment:

  1. We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
    Comes on at five
    She can tell you bout gas prices with a gleam
    In her eye

    They love it


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