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Gas prices fail to push most U.S. drivers to protest

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Fed Up

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jul 18, 2008
Only in America do we demand lower prices on gasoline so that we can flippantly hop back into our SUV's and Hummers that get 8-10 MPG and demand the right to do so while telling suppliers that they need to supply oil at a price that we want to pay.

Oil is a finite resource; get over it and start looking for alternatives. Stop the whining.
Santa Clause

Rancho Cordova, CA

#2 Jul 18, 2008
People are used to paying $4.50 a gallon now..slowly it will be $5 and we will get used it as well and no one will protest..ya there will be some minor small get togethers here and there..but that is it. Europe pays higher but guess what people..they drive small cars..they use public transportation and they WALK..ohh ya they WALK. In US if they drop by .3c you see the SUV sales sky rocket..cuz most Americans are to dump to realize they got played. Wake up people..US use to be the world leader, the smartest nation in the world...look what you have become by leaving on barrowed money and on credit cards..it's a shame. I am not American..but man I love this country and it hurts to see it being kicked around and made fun of.
cityhalldweller

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jul 18, 2008
I have to agree pretty much with the prior two comments. I think the reason people aren't protesting is that they're looking at their giant cars and wondering "Why the hell did I buy THAT?"

We really have no one to blame but ourselves. First, we buy these enormous cars with no rationale other than some vague idea that they're "safer." Then, we buy and buy and buy all sorts of crap that we don't need (no one NEEDS even one dvd, let alone several). Once we're firmly in debt, we start flipping houses to make money.

Now we're blaming the oil companies and speculators for being greedy? Really, are they any different from us, except that instead of thousands, it's billions?
wally p the real me

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jul 18, 2008
can we learn from this? obviously the oil companies did this past 4th. thats why i bought a gelly scooter 90 mpg
joeblue

Glendora, CA

#5 Jul 18, 2008
People need to start complaining more to politicians and greedy big oil companies,high gas prices cause high food prices get them greedy republicans out off the white house before the economy totally goes down hill.
Kathy

Burbank, CA

#6 Jul 18, 2008
Some of us drive small cars, some of us can't walk all over town to shop for groceries -- or take public transportation to our jobs. It has a lot to do with being in a global economy (China and India hiking up the cost of fuel) using corn based product for an alternative fuel. It also has a lot to with greedy Arabs and oil companies -- they've made more profits than most people see in a lifetime. They aren't refining and they aren't working on an alternative fuel they are just raking in the dough hand over fist. By the way gas isn't the only thing that's higher in Europe. Goods are higher and the US dollar weaker which is why a lot of those from overseas and Europe came here to do shopping. The greatest country in the world isn't so great anymore

“Raiders, Warriors and A's”

Since: Aug 07

San Jose

#7 Jul 18, 2008
We need a shotgun approach maximizing not only the mature sources of energy, but legislate incentives to promote R&D on the potential technologies, nudging them along. The govt. needs to boost the progress of all renewables like wave power, cellulosics, and solar. It's a mistake to allow the politicians to use energy as a bidding chip for the coming election. Instead of the choice of energy being political, let the government take this shotgun approach and let the market figure out which are the most viable forms of energy. It may turn out that there will be multiple sources that become viable depending on the region and the resources specific regions have to work with.
Len

La Mirada, CA

#8 Jul 18, 2008
How do we in America justify our elderly on fixed incomes being made poor or having to choose between food, gas, or their meds? These prices are a rip off, I would not hesitate to participate in a protest, but it will take some unity to put tough pressure on the government. The oil pigs have been allowed to monopolize and manipulate. They are Bush's/Cheneys buddys. The war was manipulated, and our do nothing congress is despicable. Personally, I am fine. I am still able to volunteer after work. I repeat, how do we justify our elderly on fixed incomes being made poor...? They cannot consider replacing whatever vehicle(s) they retired with.

It is not right, I was among the first to raise my voice about the pillaging and the greedy oil mongers, on behalf of the people, most especially the poor. I pray that they will dig in their boots and raise their voices together. Thus far, there have been only blame games and nothing effective by those who represent the people. We have no shortage now. We export some of our oil.

Shame on Bush/Cheney and Congress!!!

“Raiders, Warriors and A's”

Since: Aug 07

San Jose

#9 Jul 19, 2008
Len wrote:
How do we in America justify our elderly on fixed incomes being made poor or having to choose between food, gas, or their meds? These prices are a rip off, I would not hesitate to participate in a protest, but it will take some unity to put tough pressure on the government. The oil pigs have been allowed to monopolize and manipulate. They are Bush's/Cheneys buddys. The war was manipulated, and our do nothing congress is despicable. Personally, I am fine. I am still able to volunteer after work. I repeat, how do we justify our elderly on fixed incomes being made poor...? They cannot consider replacing whatever vehicle(s) they retired with.
It is not right, I was among the first to raise my voice about the pillaging and the greedy oil mongers, on behalf of the people, most especially the poor. I pray that they will dig in their boots and raise their voices together. Thus far, there have been only blame games and nothing effective by those who represent the people. We have no shortage now. We export some of our oil.
Shame on Bush/Cheney and Congress!!!
Price fixing doesn't work, I know because Nixon tried it and it ushered in shortages and the kind of killer inflation that would dwarf our current inflation. It's not some fiendish conspiracy either. It's basically supply and demand, with a little speculation mixed in, and obstructionism from the green lobby (no drilling, no refineries, no nukes, no clean coal, no shale oil extraction). The Green lobby will make the transition from petroleum to renewables as quick as possible (with high gas prices), and therefore harsh as possible on those on the fixed and otherwise inadequate incomes. They'll say it on national TV, "The poor should ride the bus". If you want to be an activist, protest for more drilling, more refineries, more nukes, more natural gas pipelines and for building an electrical grid to distribute wind generated electricity...and more tax incentives to push the renewable technologies.
steve47

Carbondale, PA

#10 Jul 23, 2008
since we all need to use gasoline, why not boycott other industries we can do without for awhile, like the movie and entertainment businesses, make them put pressure on the oil companys for us. we can all live without going to see that new movie or visiting disnyland or even sporting events. let them know why were doing it and they need to use their infulence to get the oil companys to lower the price of gasoline for us. just a thought... thank you, steve
Hermana con carne

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jul 23, 2008
Kathy wrote:
Some of us drive small cars, some of us can't walk all over town to shop for groceries -- or take public transportation to our jobs. It has a lot to do with being in a global economy (China and India hiking up the cost of fuel) using corn based product for an alternative fuel. It also has a lot to with greedy Arabs and oil companies -- they've made more profits than most people see in a lifetime. They aren't refining and they aren't working on an alternative fuel they are just raking in the dough hand over fist. By the way gas isn't the only thing that's higher in Europe. Goods are higher and the US dollar weaker which is why a lot of those from overseas and Europe came here to do shopping. The greatest country in the world isn't so great anymore
What are you talking about? United States of Mexico is the greatest country in the world, chiquita.
Barstow guy

Barstow, CA

#12 Jul 23, 2008
If the Government subsidized gas with ALL the money they were wasting in Iraq gas would be 2 cents a gallon.

Instead jerk bush and jerk cheney are laughing at u.
Barstow guy

Barstow, CA

#13 Jul 23, 2008
Kathy wrote:
It also has a lot to with greedy Arabs and oil companies -- they've made more profits than most people see in a lifetime
Relax look at a country like Kuwait. All their citizens live off of oil profits split to all citizens.

Kuwaities on a whole are actually never seen much. ALL LABOR in that country is imported from southeast asia or other poor middle eastern countries.

Kuwaities don't work.

Think about it and smile.

When the oil runs out you will have a country full of people with no job skills. They problably cannot even plant food.

You may never see but smile in the fact that someday the oil will run out and those islamoretards will all die of starvation..

Just smile at the waste of humanity that is the middle east.
Santa Clause

Rancho Cordova, CA

#14 Jul 24, 2008
Barstow guy wrote:
<quoted text>
Relax look at a country like Kuwait. All their citizens live off of oil profits split to all citizens.
Kuwaities on a whole are actually never seen much. ALL LABOR in that country is imported from southeast asia or other poor middle eastern countries.
Kuwaities don't work.
Think about it and smile.
When the oil runs out you will have a country full of people with no job skills. They problably cannot even plant food.
You may never see but smile in the fact that someday the oil will run out and those islamoretards will all die of starvation..
Just smile at the waste of humanity that is the middle east.
do you know when the oil is going to run out?..in about 70-80 years. Do you know how much money they are going to make in the next 70-80 years? Enough for the next 4 generation does not have to work since they most likely would have bought out all of the stocks in CitiGroup and other major financial institutions in US and EU. Really who needs to plant food if you have enough $$$ to bring cheap labor from US to Middle east and make us work for them..that is a scary thing to think about huh..lol
Len

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Aug 25, 2008
2oonz wrote:
<quoted text>
Price fixing doesn't work, I know because Nixon tried it and it ushered in shortages and the kind of killer inflation that would dwarf our current inflation. It's not some fiendish conspiracy either. It's basically supply and demand, with a little speculation mixed in, and obstructionism from the green lobby (no drilling, no refineries, no nukes, no clean coal, no shale oil extraction). The Green lobby will make the transition from petroleum to renewables as quick as possible (with high gas prices), and therefore harsh as possible on those on the fixed and otherwise inadequate incomes. They'll say it on national TV, "The poor should ride the bus". If you want to be an activist, protest for more drilling, more refineries, more nukes, more natural gas pipelines and for building an electrical grid to distribute wind generated electricity...and more tax incentives to push the renewable technologies.
Okay, so the poor ride the bus...and their heating for the winter? Buy more used blankets and sleeping bags, and body bags or build fires in their living rooms? There is no excuse for this greed and the allowance of such by their friends in the Government.

I do not believe there is a shortage, so I would not pursue the "drill here, drill now" banter that big oil wants. Our own "American" oil cos are gouging us, and I would love to see Cheney's secret meeting transcripts/notes with the oil companies...we should not be exporting one drop of oil! WAY WRONG! The government works for us, but obviously do not realize this. I will actively pursue the truth, one sentence at a time.

I believe that until people can get out from under the gougers' grips, it should be made a utility where there is an oversight (puc) to keep this from happening. I agree that we do need alternate resources, and I hope the same greedy grips are not put onto these as well.

Thanks, take care!

“Raiders, Warriors and A's”

Since: Aug 07

San Jose

#16 Aug 27, 2008
Steer clear of the belief mania. Doubting is good, belief is unreasonable and it clouds the mind. I like the greed. I trust greed to be greed. It really means self-interest. It makes the capitalist system work better than any socialist system ever tried. It's the reason why we have the technology we have (mostly). It's time for the consumer to organize and be a little greedy, too. We need more refineries. We need more drilling. We need more diversity. More research and development. We need to say to our politicians that we need to produce more energy and hasten the transition away from imported petroleum. At the same time, we need to keep prices down, so don't tax the oil conglomerates. That tax gets passed on to the consumer, and everybody knows that.

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