Tuesday, August 16, 2005

War Happiness

from the Houston Chronicle, via Blondesense
At the Three Amigos marina near Seabrook, the bigger the boat, the smaller the bite from the gasoline price of $3.07 per gallon.
``If you can't afford the gas, you can't afford the boat,'' said Tommy Moore, of Houston, who used about 1,400 gallons of gas to bring his Hatteras down from Virginia. ``The gas is the least expensive part.''
----`I guess we're helping the Texas economy,'' Moore said. ``Now, let's go burn some gas,'' he told his boating companions.
Many boat owners echoed that view about the expensive, but relaxing, way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

``I love these prices. The higher, the better,'' said Frank Gafke, of Galveston, a senior service leader for Halliburton on the Texas Gulf Coast.-------

Gafke said Halliburton's profits - and his savings account - had increased markedly since fuel prices began rising. He predicted that prices soon will reach $3 per gallon for automobile drivers, as well as for recreational boaters.
And, he said, relief at the pump probably won't come anytime soon.
`Oil just hit $66 per barrel and gas jumped up 6 cents,'' Gafke said. ``And if we take any action against Iran, that's only going to cause more price increases. But if you can afford the boat, it doesn't matter what gas costs.''

High fuel prices failed to discourage Anthony Scruggs, 19, and his brother, Michael, 16.---``Our dad is in the oil business. The more the price per barrel, the better it is for business,'' Anthony Scruggs said. ``When you think about it, there's not really anything we can do about gas being more than $3 a gallon. Just accelerate faster and pick more bugs out of your teeth.``That brought a quizzical look from his younger brother, who seemed ready to explain about lower fuel consumption at lower speeds. He stopped, however, and remarked: ``Our parents pay for the gas.''

if you watched Six Feet Under this week, then you know why this article is enough to make someone heave. I can't get the picture of the triple amputee Iraq solder who killed himself out of my mind. It's just one of the images that remain there as I wonder if there is a special hell for truly evil people........who live in Texas.


Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

Six Feet Under struck gold with the political commentary as a backdrop. I pray that the high gas prices serve a greater purpose. I hope they etch a lasting impression that the world needs to decrease its dependency on gasoline. i hope there is a rebound effect in sales of hybrid autos, which will in turn elicit more technology and we eventually never look back.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous ThomH said...

Joe, I hope you're right. Let me note in passing our government--in conjunction with major American auto manufacturers--committed up $200 million dollars for hydrogen fuel cell development.

That's less that 1/45 of what Bremer's CPA lost--misplaced--in Iraq: $8.8 billion. Just "missing."

Likewise, it's about 1/50 or even less of the guarenteed loans, subsidises and taxbreaks given to the fossil fuel corps in the recent Energy bill.

Brutal bottom line: our government is working against us, and working to keep the American people dependent on oil. Hybrids are great--but sane policy and spending of taxpayer dollars would help too.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

"Brutal bottom line: our government is working against us, and working to keep the American people dependent on oil."

Thanks for that information. High gas prices, the war in Iraq, the bankruptcy bill, the "energy" bill; in so many ways, American citizens and their money, are used to benefit major corporations, via our government. The "economic hooking" of Americans, is a very carefully crafted plan.
I only hope that the reality of it reaches the American public via shows like Six Feet Under, and by individual actions such as Cindy Sheehans.
Bush truly needs to be impeached. The gas gouging might make people take notice of what he has brought to us.
Impeachment would help to put a break on the frightening feeding frenzy of the oil companies.
I don't think that sane policy has the same meaning to this administration as it does to the general public.

8:39 AM  

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