|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|George W. Bush often says he’s a hopeful person. In yesterday’s radio address he hoped to blame Congress for high oil prices. Congress according to Bush prevents oil drilling off the coasts, oil drilling in national parks, turning shale into oil, and the building of new refineries. All of which would allow us to fully exploit our estimated 3% of world oil reserves. That would be in about ten years time and even then the effect on oil prices will be negligible. That’s because producing all 3% of our estimated world reserves would do nothing to cut our consumption of 25% of world oil production. It’s a good thing Bush is a hopeful person because he’s not very good at math.
Nor is he very good at facts. It was his father, not Congress, who signed an executive order banning coastal oil drilling. Junior could sign an executive order turning the coasts over to the oil companies tomorrow. He won’t of course because the GOP thinks it has a chance to win Florida and North Carolina and maybe even Oregon too in this year’s general election. Forget California, but then Bush allowed Chevron to restart its oil rigs off the central coast years ago, after we twice voted for his opponents.
The whole idea of an oil shortage causing high prices is just stupid anyway because the reason for high prices isn’t lack of supply. There’s a glut of oil in the world market and oil inventories have never been higher. Oil prices are high because OPEC likes them high. But then the one thing Bush is good at is stupid.
Just how stupid is finally becoming apparent even to his friends and allies at the big oil companies and the OPEC cartel. Since the one time oilman became president prices have increased five-fold. Sure OPEC and the oil giants have reaped hundreds of billions of dollars of profits as a result. But the pain has been so severe and endured so long that consumption is starting to fall. Alternative energy sources are being talked up in a serious way for the first time. Bush has tried to confuse the issue by hyping the conversion of food to fuel, but all that’s done is jack up food prices. Which has merely infuriated even those who don’t drive, thereby helping to seal the GOP’s defeat in November.
Still, Bush remains hopeful, a good thing. He attempted the greatest act of larceny in history, the theft of trillions of dollars and thousands of lives for the benefit of the oil oligopoly and the OPEC cartel. Now he’s on the verge of losing not only his job, not only his party’s hold on power, but the very triumphant advantage he tried to gain for his oily pals. When you’ve lost pretty much everything you cling to hope because that’s all you’ve got.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
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