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Gas Price FYI

Maybe it’s just in my neck of the net, but it seems to me there is a bit of buzz going on about the price of gas on certain dates, under certain presidents.  It didn’t take a lot of digging to come up with this chart.

I’m not interested in getting into the argument; only in presenting the facts.  Gas prices were lower while President Bush was in office, but only for a very brief moment.  Since President Obama has been in office gas prices have steadily gone up, but have yet to reach the highest prices experienced under President Bush.  While there does appear to have been some hiccups along the way, the overall trend is growing prices.

The sitting president doesn’t have much of an impact on oil prices, and if they do, it’s a temporary influence that in the end doesn’t change anything.  The real issue is our dependence on oil in the first place.  We have several clean energy options at our fingertips that would slow, and eventually ween us off of oil.  It would be a simple transition that wouldn’t require a single war, operation, occupation, mission or strike.

Our energy needs are purely technical.  Your vote for this guy or that guy won’t change anything (for the better).  Anyway, there’s something for you to think about while we prepare to go to war with the next oil rich country or two, or three.  :|

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5 responses to “Gas Price FYI

  1. Ben Hoffman February 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

    If you’ll notice the six months leading up to the 2008 election, gas prices dropped precipitously. Why? Oil companies wanted another Republican to take office. Republican legislation allowed speculators to determine gas prices, which led to skyrocketing prices. Our invasion and occupation of Iraq created shortages, which has kept gas prices high, and Republicans have blocked efforts to stop speculation. It does indeed matter who we elect.

    Like I said, Ben, “Your vote for this guy or that guy won’t change anything (for the better)” and like you said “gas prices dropped precipitously. Why? Oil companies wanted another Republican to take office”. The oil companies are the ones that control the prices, not presidents.

    If we want real change, gas price changes, world changes, getting off the oil habit would be a great first step in the right direction. We Have to start thinking outside the box. The world isn’t black or white, us vs. them, republican or democrat. There are root causes to all of our problems and very simple answers.

    Thanks for stopping in, Ben, and for taking the time to comment.

    Peter Parkour

  2. cfslave February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

    You’re right. Presidents don’t control oil prices.
    However the oil companies are willing to manipulate the market place which in turn sways the average guy who votes according to what he sees within the “sheeple” box. It will be/ is a long hard struggle while waiting for a coalescent event that will open the eyes of the majority.

    People are all too often easily swayed by their emotions and the events of the day, week or month. Without evidence right in front of us, we tend not to remember important details beyond that. It’s not that we don’t care. It has more to do with constantly being fed information that misleads, misinforms, distracts or straight-up lies to us.

    Some of us are waking up to these tactics. It’s our duty to share the knowledge. Do what you can, while you can. I’ll continue doing my part to open eyes, hearts and minds, as long as I can, as best I can. There are like-minded people ahead of me, behind me, to my left, right and all around. This is not a lost cause. In fact, there is none greater; peace, love, happiness… UNITY! :)

    Did I get a little off topic? Not really, this was just another pit-stop along my journey. It’s the usual topic from another angle. ;)

    Peter Parkour

  3. thebeadden February 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    It makes me wonder just why the oil supply there should make a difference to us considering you get most of your oil from us here in Canada. The mere fact that we ship it to you to be refined and then buy it back confuses my mind.

    Baffle them with bs (bull shit), keep them busy with bs, offer up jobs that are bs, so they can buy our bs. Sacrifice some to make the bs seem more appetizing and easier to swallow.

    Ours in not to question why, our is but to buy and buy. Don’t expect solutions or logic from this current bs system we are all caught up in. Join the resistance. ;)

    Peter Parkour

  4. Pamela J March 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    When this administration comes out and boldly says in open hearings that increased gas prices fit their plan, I’m not happy about that, not only for me but more so for people who are already sinking under the weight of this economy and only want to drive to work. I don’t know any simple solutions to our gas dependence that will keep families afloat this year or next. At this point I hate all democrats and republicans. I voted for Obama and he did not do the things he promised that captured that vote. My vote this time will go to Ron Paul even if it’s a write in. Our system is fucked and broken.

    What they (this administration) say, mean and do is all suspect and quite the mystery, with the exception of their main objective: they want our labor and our money, for themselves and for those behind the scenes pulling the strings. You summed it up quite nicely with “Our system is fucked and broken”, but it’s not broken. It’s designed to work like this. Ron Paul can’t fix it if it’s not broken. We have to replace it with something better (a Resource-Based Economy). ;)

    I’m afraid things will get worse before they get better. Things will have to get worse if we want real change. Until then people will cling to the comfort of what they know, no matter how much they hate it; kind of like an abusive parent/child or abusive spouse/submissive relationship. I hope I live to see the day, or at least the start of a transition. :)

    Peter Parkour

  5. Frank Hippley March 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    You can expect gas prices to rise every spring. It seems to get earlier and earlier each year. That’s because oil futures traders know demand for gas rises in the summer. They therefore start buying oil futures contracts in the spring in anticipation of that price rise.:

    Thanks for stopping in, FH, and for taking the time to comment.

    Peter Parkour

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