Fossil Fuel Industry selling us BS in our tanks
By: Alan Anderson
Everyone has heard that there are two sides to a story
but I’m here to show you that is not true when it comes to the Fossil Fuel
story. I’ve tried to count the story
lines and it seems to be four or more sides to this story and most of them are
lies. The first and most truthful side
is the consumer’s use of gas/diesel and how it affects normal Americans daily
in their wallets. It doesn’t matter the
economic level of the consumer they need to fill their tanks to get to work or
get the kids to school and just take care of those everyday needs. Then there is the side of the business that
relies on large amounts of fuel to make their businesses run. Let’s just use Kraft Foods. As an example,
they have food processing plants all over the US and need to get it to
consumers. Let’s use one product,
Lunchables. Kraft Foods in Stockton CA.
needs to get 40000lbs of Lunchables to Buffalo, NY consumers. It is going to take them the cost of 400
gallons of fuel to get it there at minimum.
So, 400gl x 3.65pgl is $1460 plus fees to the trucking company and
driver costs. Now if you multiply that
by all the trucks hauling product for all the companies that’s a big chunk of
money. So if America wants to eat we pay
the cost of the fuel.
Now there is the side of the fuel suppliers, and there
are many of them. They have very few
worries when it comes to price of gas/diesel at the pumps. They need more money they raise the price
fuel. Shareholders need more money they
raise the price of fuel. It once was
called a game of supply and demand and now days the have nothing but demand and
by their calculations they have more supply than they know what to do
with. But this is not a truth they can
prove anymore. US oil industry execs.
talk about the large reserves we have here in the country but they have yet to
have them proven. The word “Proven” in
the oil industry means they have to have it PROVEN. As of March 1st, 2013 the US has
2% of the worlds “Proven” oil reserves.
This is well below what the oil industry says they have discovered. Until they prove it to the powers that over
watch the industry it is just fairy dust in the ground. This is also true with the new Nat. Gas Boom
in America. One half of what they say
they have has yet to be proven. But they
swear it’s there and push policy make us believe it. Just about everyone has heard about the XL pipeline. Why is this so important to America? It isn’t really in the big picture of
America. We get 20000 max temporary jobs
to build it and 1500 perm jobs to maintain it but the benefit after that all
goes to the oil companies that buy the oil and sell it to the world. End of Story there. But is it?
Why does it look like they seem desperate to get this oil? Simple, we are running out of easy Oil. It cost lots of industry money to get that
toxic sludge out of the ground and the harder to get at oil doubles and triples
the cost. So you see we are running out
quicker than we are lead to believe. The
spike in prices this year so far soared by about 45 cents in recent weeks are mostly due to "crack
spread", the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. government's
energy statistics and analysis agency, suggests that "about two-thirds of
the rise in gasoline prices since the start of the year" can be traced to
a rise in the "crack spread," a measure of refinery profit margins.
In comparison, only about 15 cents of the rise is due to worldwide increases in
crude oil prices. Hard to get= more to
pay. This isn’t sounding like Oil
Independence that we were sold a bill of goods back before the election. This sounds like the last gasps of life of a
failing Oil industry and their last ditch effort to pocket some money before
The last side of this story is that of Government and its
need for Fossil Fuel money and support.
This is the simple story. Oil
industry supports candidates that promote their interests and to lower
regulations and not promote replacements to America’s Energy Future. It is very much that simple. Even the President of the United States fell
for the BS the Energy industry was trying to sell us on Independence from
Foreign Oil. Reality is if we don’t
chance to a renewable fuel source for our transportation sector we will be more
dependent on foreign oil in the near future.
This all leads me to believe we’re not going to be able to drill our way
to energy security after all.