Tuesday, July 15, 2008

This gas shortage smells funny to me

In the late '90's and the first year or two of this decade, California was aggravated and then subdued by an "energy crisis." We suffered electricity shortages, brown-outs and disrupted service. Energy companies pushed emergency bills through State legislators to allow them to build electrical power houses that ignored nearly all established pollution and regulatory controls. They got what they wanted. And electrical energy was de-regulated, the oldest power company in the west was put out of business, prices soared, polluting factories were built.... and then it was discovered that it was all a set-up. Ever hear of Enron?

And now--this gas crisis....

Somehow--this current gas crisis smells the same, what with all the hype to allow off-shore drilling.... and even though the "benefits" of such drilling would not make it to the markets for a decade, the President signed whatever was necessary to allow off-shore drilling and is asking Congress to do the same....

And wasn't it Bush cronies that hyped Enron? --and the electrical crisis in California...? And, hey --isn't Bush somehow involved in oil production?

Sorry, it just keeps adding up all wrong.
And I'm NOT saying that we should not wean ourselves off of gas, for all kinds of reasons. I think the sooner the better. I am saying this all just smells familiar.

4 comments:

FranIAm said...

Can you hear my applause?

Lemmings to the cliff, despite our best intentions.

Thanks Margaret.

PS your post reminds me of getting in an elevator in California at that time, with a sign scrawled in a poor hand, "You will be stuck here if the power goes off.Just walk."

I did.

Joel said...

I for one just take for granted that anything that comes from Washington or the for-profit newspapers is a lie. Making a lie the true and truth a lie and doing it legally is called politics.

That's why I hate it when Christ in Flesh and Blood gets involved with political figures, e.g., Christ before Pilate and Pilate trying to get Jesus to argue "TRVTH;" or Jeremiah Wright before Obama proclaiming the Gospel; or Martin Luther King... or, or, or...

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

It wouldn't surprise me at all.

BooCat said...

For those in my generation, I remember the "gas crisis" in the 1970s with its gas lines and stations rationing what gas they had. That was when the first major oil price increase happened, but not as much as the oil producers wanted, because we were just not buying. I remember carpooling to work with four others at my job until the "shortage" was over. There was much talk then of alternate energy sources and fuel economy, but when the "crisis" passed, we went back to our foolish ways. Well, here we are again. Why are we falling for it again? Will we pursue energy independence this time or just go back to our old ways once this latest round is over?