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March 15, 2007



I really think this trend will force US to concentrate on domestic energy production. And forget playing world police force.

That will bring on a larger civil war in the middle east, eventually dropping oil prices. All sides will need to raise cash to buy munitions and hire mercenaries (in the case of the Saudi/sunni side). And that means maximizing oil production at all costs.

I hope it stops fuel farming in its tracks! Only plugin hybrids will really save consumers money. Fuel farming even raises food prices, for a double economic hit on struggling families.

Paul Dietz

I hope it stops fuel farming in its tracks! Only plugin hybrids will really save consumers money. Fuel farming even raises food prices, for a double economic hit on struggling families.

Don't worry, when cellulosic ethanol takes off we'll convert rain forest trees instead of grain to ethanol. [/irony]


This makes it all the more important to get electric vehicles or alternative energy vehicles on the road as soon as possible. The good news to this is that if the car manufacturers are on the ball, they will be forced down this road or nobody will buy their vehicles. Who can afford to run an SUV or a gas guzzling vehicle.

And if the oil companies had any brains they would see that by jamming the consumer with these high prices, it is going to force us towards conservation and new ideas. They will be the losers in the end. They can do a cash grab now or they can lower the price and sustain themselves for a longer period of time. The day is coming when the oil companies will pay a price for their greed. When the public can buy a car that doesn't need their fuel, we will just grin and give them the famous salute (if you know what i mean).

Harvey D.

Something between $4 and $6/gallon would be very positive for locally produced alternative fuels + PHEVs + BEVs + US economy.

Oil import would drop drastically and so would US hugh trade deficit. (if the battery packs + PHEVs + BEVs are built in America.

The progressive reduction in GHG would be another plus.


if we went to solar energy tomorrow.
the powers that be would still try to control
access to the middle east. - because strategically you can deny power to others.


petr, how does US control access to the ME? You mean by paying $60 a barrell for oil that is extracted in KSA and shipped to New Orleans at a cost of only $4 a barrell?

If US is controlling ME oil, why is it being ripped off $56 a barrell?


Cellulosic ethanol cheap or able to provide over 10% of current liquid fuel use? Very unlikely.

OPEC will fall apart once US troops leave the middle east. Let the sunnis and shiia fight it out. The Saudis and Iranians will be selling all the oil they can pump as fast as possible to raise cash for their war.

That means the rest of OPEC will have to pump up production too, to meet their debt payments as oil prices drop. It's a house of cards upheld by pro-multinational oil corporation bushwackin' foreign policy.

The war in iraq keeps oil prices high, and that benefits the friends of this administration. High prices, record profits for big oil. Simple.

Nick Smith

The current insanity in gasoline pump prices is nothing more than collusion between the oil companies to fatten profits for shareholders. Keep in mind that world crude oil prices have been much higher than today, yet we are paying some of the highest prices ever, so don't lay all the blame on crude oil prices and the oil cartel.

Brazil has been running passenger vehicles on pure ethanol for decades. It's true that because of the high boiling point of ethanol, pure ethanol cannot be used in the northern climates with low temperatures, but is sure as heck can be used in the southern states. What are we waiting for?


Ira D. York

They must be planning another 400 Million Dollar retirement with the price of gasoline
going up as high as it is.
Will it ever end?

Ira D. York


High crude price, refinery maintenance - I must be too simple minded to fully understand all of this HOGWASH. Pure and simple the market is being manipulated for RECORD profit taking at the expense of the people of this country.

First it was hurricanes that sent us into this tailspin, now it's everything but. Do we need to diversify - YOU BET we do. But what do we do in the meantime....it's so simple yet not a single person or organization with the power to reach the masses will take it on. BOYCOTT WORKS. A simple Boycott of Exxon Mobile would bring Exxon to its knees inside of 60 days. Buy all the fuel you want from anyone else - you know it's going to be available in any quantity you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. But that's all it would take to get things back in line. Too bad there's not enough red-blooded Americans left out there to do it....I can GUARANTEE you that I won't be buying a drop from Exxon until fuel is back to $2.00 a gallon. How about you?

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I think gasoline priced at $1.50 - $1.75 per gallon is reasonable. The price is currently $2.98 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $2.00 - $2.25, we need to take aggressive action to educate them that BUYERS control the marketplace... not sellers. With the price of gasoline rising each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see a decline in gasoline prices is if we hit the four largest oil companies in the pocketbook by not purchasing gasoline from them! Moreover, we can do it WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we rely on our vehicles for transportation, we cannot just stop buying gasoline. However, we CAN have an impact on gasoline prices if we all act together to force a gasoline price war between the oil companies.


DO NOT PURCHASE ANY GASOLINE from any of the four largest oil companies, EXXON/MOBIL, CHEVRON/TEXACO, CONACO/PHILLIPS and BP. Make a conscience decision to purchase gasoline only from smaller indepedent oil companies. Once the sales volumes of the BIG 4 companies decline, they will be forced to reduce their gasoline prices at the pump. Once they lower their prices, the other (large and small) oil companies will follow suit in order to compete in the market place.

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Bob Wallace

Do you know the difference between the geography and population of Iceland and, say, France or Brazil or the US?

Little things like lots of geothermal bubbling right out of the earth and massive amounts of hydro potential along with a very small population.

And - please unlock the caps key.

Posting in all caps is considered SHOUTING and considered impolite.

Kit P


Are you sure sue? The politicos of Iceland have a plan to be independent by 2050 but the present trend for importing oil and coal is going the other direction.

They are also building new hydroelectric to power their new aluminum mills. Have you ever seen one of those? Since almost all of the trees were cut down long ago allowing the top soil to wash away, why not finish off the place.

If you define greed by the number of cars per driver and per capita GDP, Iceland is #1.

Clearly by any measure, the people of Iceland have demonstrated that they are a hardy and rugged population. And what happens when energy and a stable government are used to make a society wealthy? That society wants to protect the environment.


Iceland may use hydropower for electricity and geothermal for heating, but for transportation, they use oil, and lots of it. Iceland uses only 8% less oil per capita than the US and more per capita than any European country.

Kit P

What's with Singapore?

Keep in mind that oil is used for more transportation.


I see references to Singapore having a large oil refinery capacity compared to their small population. The implication would seem to be that they use a lot of oil to run the refineries (and they export most of the refined products), but I do not see that directly stated anywhere.


Also mention of Singapore being a major Asian transportation hub requiring lots of jet fuel.

Kit P

Thanks for the info Clee. When you dig a little deeper, the answer is often different than the apparent answer.

Efficiency is a measure of how much work or energy is used to accomplish a task.


Most prosperous countries are very efficient, have high literacy, and stable governments that promote free expression. There are two parameters that set the United States above the rest of the world, generosity and stewardship of the environment. A few years ago I read a study out of Switzerland that ranked countries. What was news worthy is that Finland emerged as #1.

So what is Finland doing differently. Nothing actually. The way of calculating the answer was changed. The amount of food to feed the world by Iowa farmers was capped at 1.06 while the amount of fuel they used in their tractors was not.

Back to Iceland. What would I suggest for a country that had huge amounts of renewable energy? Make aluminum and ammonia while switching to HEV. The only reason to switch to hydrogen fueled cars is to demonstrate that you are as clueless about the environment as some other EU leaders. Hydrogen is not a green choice.

Bob Wallace

It would depend on how one defines "generous".

If you base generosity on percent of GDP then the US is out front. But we have a huge economy compared to other countries.

If you base generosity on per capita giving then there are a dozen and a half countries that are more generous than we are.


Is the rich man who gives a fiver more generous than the pauper who give a buck?

And there's an additional 'problem' in that a good amount of our donations require that the money be spent back into the American economy. That can easily lead to a 'one hand gives, anther hand takes back' situation.

And best at being good stewards of our land? I'd be surprised. Most likely toward the top of the list, but I wouldn't bet on us being number one.

We're pretty good overall, but we tend to inflate our "goodness" which can make us blind to ideas from other places. Ideas which might help to make us even better.


And Iceland/hydrogen. Iceland is experimenting with hydrogen for transportation. Having a lot of inexpensive electricity makes it an economic option as far as fuel generation goes. (They have public buses running off hydrogen at the moment.)

But the rub will likely come for them in the lack of hydrogen/fuel cell vehicles being produced in large numbers. It's unlikely that any large scale manufacturer would set up an assembly line to crank out hydrogen cars for their tiny population.

I think Iceland got excited about hydrogen back when a lot of the rest of the world did. And they took the ball and ran.

But as we started thinking seriously about the inefficiencies of a hydrogen economy and as batteries began to improve the rest of the world has let the dream of a hydrogen future slide by.

Iceland could well end up with BEVs/PHEVs like the rest of us. (And electric battery warmers for the cold months. All 10+ of them. (Visited once in June. Brrrrrrrrr.))

Kit P

“It would depend on how one defines "generous".”

Sure does. I was thinking about the American people. If you would like to define it as foreign aid by socialist governments to other countries, we are way behind. Fortunately.

Bob Wallace

United Kingdom

Don't see any of those calling them selves "The People's Republic of ....".

And North Korea, Cuba, China, Vietnam, ..., well, they're all further down the list.

Kit P

I will try to be less subtle. Bob Wallace has provided a list of countries where their governments allow significant freedom that allows those counties to be prosperous. The American people are very generous in their personal charitable giving. We are generous with out time and money. Bob Wallace is suggesting that generosity is only based on what their governments give to other countries.

The fundamental point here is that countries or companies are neither greedy or generous. Those are human traits.

Most of the countries listed by BW have governments that are more generally more socialist than the US. Their elected leaders decide for them how generous they are going to be.

BW also provided list of repressive communist governments. It is amazing how prosperous these folks are when they are Americans.

I am proud to be an American, we are a generous people. BW disagrees.

Bob Wallace

All the countries that I listed have freely elected governments. If their citizens did not wish to have their personal tax 'dollars' donated to other people in the world they would elect other people to office.

Are individual American more giving than individuals of other countries? I don't know. I have found no data to settle the issue one way or another.

I too am (sometimes) proud to be an American. It's been quite hard to be proud the last few years, but I expect we'll be getting back to being good citizens before too long.

Here's hoping that we good Americans are not blinded by misguided patriotism and look at our country with wide open eyes, find the parts that are less than what they could be, and try our best to fix them.

When we run around shouting "We're Number 1! We're Number 1!" we tend to not pay attention to the fact that we are often not number one. And there are a lot of important measures at which we do not come out tops.

Kit P

It sure looks like there are some who are blinded by misguided anti-patriotism.

I think it is interesting that Bob Wallace feels that a good American is a person who feels compelled to refute the suggestion that American are generous and care about the environment.

Bob Wallace

Well Kit.

Up to your old twist words tricks again, I see.

And I was hoping you had turned a leaf and wanted to play nice.

Back to ignoring you I suppose. (Sure wish the knowledgeable people you chased away would come back.)

But before I go - that post 1945 cooling period? Read up on Global Dimming and SO2.

Jake Burlow

It's interesting this blog is still so relevant today, when it began about 2 years ago.

What I find fascinating about the rising gas prices is how secondary factor play into the pricing. For example, you don't think about it, but the credit card industry is a significant factor. Just look at this story -- http://basicpayments.com/sectors/visa-lowers-gasoline-discount-rate.html -- about how Visa can lower the pump price by lowering its discount rate to auto merchants. Amazing.


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