Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The annual gas ripoff has begun

Tis the season to be gouging, fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la.

So singeth the Oil Industry, as they deck their halls with our hard earned cash. No, its not Christmas time... its vacation season!

Exxon, Chevron, Shell & Co. are lining up for their annual consumer looting party. As school lets out, and families prepare for whatever modest vacations they can afford (or thought they could afford,) the gas sharks - always circling - moved in for the annual feeding frenzy.

According to CNN Money, the explanation for the now record summer gas prices (again?) sweeping the nation - already well over $3 a gallon here in Indiana - is that:

While crude oil prices have fallen over the last few weeks and oil supplies are high in the United States, problems at several refineries have crimped gasoline output ahead of the summer driving season.

The refinery problems include fires, power outages, and longer than usual maintenance periods.
Aw. Fires, power outages and longer than usual maintenance periods.

Well shoot. I don't blame you guys for any of this then - how can you possibly pull off your next year of record-breaking profits if you have all of these problems to deal with? I hear that before you are done, gas prices will top $4 a gallon! Wee!

Meanwhile, other news sources - like our local paper - seem quite mystified by the soaring prices. According to our local Herald-Times, there have been no reported 'pipeline problems, or refinery fires.' There also haven't been any hurricanes or terrorist acts. The gas prices just... well, they just went up.

Gosh, I guess that can happen when you have two oil men in the White House. Gas prices mysteriously go up, and the oil companies mysteriously make record profits year after year.

Some of us aren't terribly shocked and awed by this revelation.

And so I must ask my dear SUV-loving, gas-guzzling and ever gullible fellow Americans... are you fed up yet? Are you ready for those electric cars yet?

Do you realize that the billionaire founder of PayPal, Elon Musk, is developing a fleet of electric cars - for sale, not just for lease - that can go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, and can run for 200 miles before the battery needs a charge? So far he is just making high end sports cars (although considering the price of gas today, $92K for a Tesla could be considered a good investment.)

Yes, help is on the way. It turns out that lithium batteries will make the much needed power and distance capabilities very possible.

Now imagine for a moment... that we could combine this new battery power with the now available 'solar paint' (acts like a solar panel and converts sunlight to electricity,) and have one set of lithium batteries charging while the other is whipping the driver silently down the road - no carbon emissions at all, by the way. When one battery pack runs low, the driver can simply push a button and switch to the newly charged battery pack.

Voila! NO GAS.

Its all possible. We have the technology.

Don't you think its time to not only demand it, but to support this new technology by reading about it, investing in it, and buying the products? You can kill two birds with one stone... three actually. You can save the money you are pumping into your current gas tank, you can cut your carbon emissions and reduce global warming... and you can end these violent 'oil' wars, once and for all.

Think about it. Or be a oil sucker and get screwed at the pump, year after year. Its up to you.

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