Thursday, September 01, 2005

Rant about an email

I was going to post a normal post on here some time today, and I will, but I got this email forward and it ticked me off so much I had to write about it:

> 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.
>
> THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS
> E-MAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY
> AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT.
>
> WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE
> PRICES IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE
> REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES THAT THE ARAB
> NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?
>
> REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF
> GASOLINE GOING UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE
> FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE
> FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES WHICH EFFECTS PRICES ON
> EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED. THINGS LIKE FOOD,
> CLOTHING, BUILDING MATERIALS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC.
> WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO!
>
> WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DON'T GET THE
> MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND
> AGAIN.
>
> SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS
> EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND
> MAKE SEPTEMBER 1ST A DAY THAT THE CITIZENS OF THE
> UNITED STATES AND CANADA SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

First of all, it would not work, it does not say don't drive on September first, it says don't buy gas. So if everyone still drives, but does so on fumes for a day, September first would suck for gas companies, but man will the second rock.

Say however it worked, and the government had to do an about face. Then the price for running a Ford Explorer stays at the price that it is now. No one has to switch to hybrids, and the world just gets more polluted and gas consumption remains high. We don't develop and then will need the government to force change again.

Or equally good, in order to lower prices, we could guarantee more oil reserves. How about invading another country, or getting even more oil from the beacon of human rights in Saudi Arabia. Or Pat Robertson might sponsor a drilling exhibition in Venezuela.

The fact that we don't have hybrids pouring down our streets is why I stopped thinking about politics. Because politicians are so enwrapped in their daily bull that they can't make a change that we so desperately need. Sometimes there is a genuine urgency to politics, like in the case of New Orleans now. That said, what is with Nero here (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050830/480/capm10208301856)? Seriously, did Bush just fire all of his political handlers when he got into office? Did he say "Well boys, you bought me a second term, and now the country can go..."

I know people like to point out that he was working very hard at Crawford. I am sure he is strumming that guitar filled with the sorrow of massive devastation occurring in his country, but seriously man, now is not the time for photos with guitars and racing Lance Armstrong in poppy fields!

My only bet is he is trying to give Harding a run for his money.

To quickly return to oil. Ultimately, we want the price of oil to go up, at least from an economics point of view, or what I think to be a rather sane point of view. Price of oil goes up - cost of driving an SUV becomes unrealistic - demand for SUVs goes down - demand for hybrids and other sane cars goes up - the cost of hybrids and such cars goes down, as will the technology. This is Macroeconomics 101, the end result, the world is a better place.

The only reason I think we don't have hybrids all over the place is the greediest whitest people in the world. I am not a big conspiracy theory fan. I don't believe in cigar smoke filled rooms as obscenely rich white people discuss how they will continue world domination. That said, the case of hybrids is just ugly. Its clear the demand is there and people want them. But politicians who are invested in oil companies block such efforts. Although many car companies are invested in oil country, they know as well as a ECON101 that the first company to make cheap non-shitty hybrids will make boat loads and boat loads of cash.

However the politicians need help to retain such terrible policies, and ignorance like that email forward is great help in that regard.

5 comments:

Smiranda said...

Hear hear!

Long live my Prius!

Jared Seehafer said...

Kill the corporate welfare in this country, and oil prices would go to Europe-like levels, and you'd see hybrids all over the place. Government intervention in the economy, man. Also, government intervention in education that yielded such a moronic populace, but that's another story.

Matthew K Warner said...

Getting over here taught me how moronic our government is not with education. It has its problems, my dad will be the first to tell you that. However, it could be A LOT worse.

Taiwan education is all raw memorization for 40+ sized classes, from as little as elementry school kids.

However, government intervention in the economy? Totally agree.

Old Math said...

I am confused. Are you saying you want the government to get intervene in some things, but not intervene in others? You criticize GW for not doing anything while on vacation but you also criticize the government intervention in the economy. Are you saying if the government would just listen to you everything would work better?

The American system is lousy. It just is better than any other system yet devised.

Matthew K Warner said...

Well if the question is "if the government would just listen to me everything would be better?" Helll yes.

But yes, the government should intervene in some things and not others. Should the government stop crime? Yes. Should the government support oil companies and oil price control? No. Should they educate our populace? Yes. Should the President be involved in a war that he started? Yes. Should the President be playing guitar or biking in fields when a state is decending into chaos and a war rages on with wavering support? No.

I don't necessarily have a consistent thread to that except for maybe pragmatism and waht I believe to be common sense.

I don't see how being against government intervention in the economy means that a government should not be active. The market works for somethings, but Katrina is a good example where human empathy might have to be forced.

Its odd, I thought that at least Bush's ineptitude will be something for the kids ("You lived when HE was President? Ewwww"). However just realizing that he was the most important man in the country at this time gives me the chills, its hard to think about without pretty harsh emotion.