Rant: Peak Oil, Oil Companies and stupid consumers
No doubt many of you have received the ridiculous email from those trying to organize a one day boycott of all the gas stations. In case you haven’t here are the first couple of paragraphs.
IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA DID NOT PURCHASE A DROP OF GASOLINE FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES.
AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OF OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL COMPANIES.
THEREFORE SEPTEMBER 1st HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT UP THEIR BEHIND " DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THESE TWO NATIONS SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF GASOLINE THAT DAY.
On multiple occasions the Canadian government investigated allegations of collusion by the oil companies and they have never found any wrong doing. The price of gas and oil is determined by the market. These are influenced by things like world events, production capacity, world consumption, national supplies and refining capacity. Within the next ten years we will reach peak oil. That is when world consumption is higher than our maximum possible production. When we hit that point we will remember with fondness the days we spent $1.05 a litre for gas.
If we want to make the best of our situation we can do a number of things.
- Use public transport
- Walk more
- Car Pool
- Retire your SUV and buy a fuel efficient vehicle
- In Canada get an Energuide evaluation for your home and make it more energy efficient
If you want to blame anyone for the price of gas look for the next consumer or citizen. We consume way too much and public opinion hasn’t forced the politicians to act.