This spring’s pump price spike drew widespread ire from American drivers. A survey conducted earlier this year, as the price of gasoline broke through $3 a gallon, found that more consumers were concerned about high gas prices than they were about terrorism or the state of overall economy…. But that concern has not put a crimp in consumption.
And yes MSNBC also covered the predicted increase in Independence Day driving,
Based on a national telephone survey, AAA estimated that about 41.1 million Americans will travel during the Fourth of July holiday week, up 0.8 percent from last year.
So all was well on the 4th and here we are approaching the ides of July and still only the faintest hints of coverage concerning the rising cost of crude- $73.46 a barrel as a type.
Of course all of this was happening under the shadow of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that said,
Six Nobel Peace Prize laureates have released a statement in opposition to the proposed controversial Iraqi oil law, that some observers believe could go before Parliament as early as this week.
The laureates include Betty Williams, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchu, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Wangari Maathai.
The statement reads, in part, “The Iraqi oil law could benefit foreign oil companies at the expense of the Iraqi people, deny the Iraqi people economic security, create greater instability and move the country further away from peace.”
Then again peace has never been at the forefront of American foreign policy.
I pick on mainstream media but give credit where it’s due. The L.A. Times L.A. Times ran a story that said,
The International Energy Agency, energy advisor to 26 industrialized countries, cautioned that a crude crunch was on the way because world demand was rising faster than production.
But my favorite article of recent comes from Times of India which reported,
World oil prices fell on Monday after rebels in key energy producer
I am certainly glad she is free and safe but let me add that when the worldwide cost of oil rises and falls on the fate of one small child, it’s obvious that there is some else, something bigger going on than just tight markets and rising demand.
Instability has a cause. One of my main beefs with the media is that they often point out the effects but do little to relate them to the underlying cause. Immigration is a great example. With all the brouhaha lately I have been only amused. Personally I think the fairest solution would be to form a council with Native Americans from all the indigenous nations and send before them every man, woman and child in America to decide who gets to stay and who gets to go (finally some real settling of genocidal scores) but since that’s not likely to happen could we please, as a nation, talk about the underlying cause of rampant illegal immigration and stop bitching about what is, or is not, an expectable language to speak out in public?
Jeff Vail just published a wonderful piece over at the oil drum concerning the state of
This in turn is already causing ripple effects throughout that nation but it could spell bad news for a nation already sending its citizens northward at a alarming rate. But this is not discussed in the media. We hear mostly about the xenophobes and the reactions to the xenophobes.
So why did I fail again to write about how I am making useful change in my life in response to all this craziness going on, if undiscussed, in the world as we approach peak oil? Why did I instead just banter about concerning what’s really going on in the world. Because I’m just generally annoyed and thought I would share and because it’s great therapy and because I thought you might like to play connect the dots.
It should be noted that I am about to get up out of this chair drive to the bike shop. I will be purchasing my new mode of transportation soon. This coming Monday marks the first day of my more local job and I will soon be trading in my internal combustion engine for a bicycle commute. So you see this bitching is a form of release before the real work of change begins; just so you don’t think I’m a total drag.
But if you’re interested in a run down of all above concerning what is not being discussed about the most important topic of our times, here’s the short list:
And I will write something more useful sometime soon.