I was out yesterday getting some groceries when I realized I had to get some gas. I stopped at a gas station that usually has lower than usual prices. I was astonished to see the price for gas was $3.96 a gallon. Since I drive a high performance car, I have no choice but to use high octane fuel. So…ouch!

It left me asking myself, why are gas prices so high? What is the reason? I mean, there seems to be plenty of crude oil coming in, there haven’t been any fuel refinery explosions or outages. No, this has nothing to do with supply or plant problems. This has to do with the oil companies being rotten criminals. You see it every spring, the price of gas goes up right about the time people start going on vacation. They are gouging us. They are charging us loads of money for gas and becoming filthy rich. That sounds like a bunch of criminals to me.

Have you ever wondered why you haven’t seen huge technological leaps in the areas of hydrogen and/or electric cars? Well there is a reason for that. The oil companies have car makers by the balls. If they develop a car that is practical and can be used anywhere by anyone, guess what happens to the little towel heads at OPEC? They lose their income. They go broke. Oil will become a thing of the past and those little criminals will be out of business.

I think its disgusting and pathetic that our administration cannot seem to get a clue and make changes. There is no reason for the oil companies to be doing this to the American public. Especially now when money is so tight. People are spending more money on fuel for their cars than they do for a night out for two at a restaurant. I spent $52.10 yesterday on gasoline, that’s FIFTY FUCKING DOLLARS! Now take that $50 and multiply it by 200 (that is the average number of gas station customers per day). That’s $1,000 a day. Now take that single gasoline station’s earnings and multiply it by the number of gasoline stations nationwide. According to The Journal Of Petroleum Marketing, June, 1998 issue, there were 187,097 retail locations in the United States. Well that was back in 1998, let’s say there are roughly 210,000 now.

If the price of gas was uniform across all gas stations (which it’s not), in ONE DAY all the gas stations in the United States generate $210,000,000. Yes, you read that right two hundred and ten MILLION DOLLARS in ONE DAY! Naturally you have to shave a small chunk of that off for operating expenses, labor and so on. But still, it’s just ridiculous. I am not even going to calculate how much money they make in a week. Okay, I will…in one week, under the same assumptions, all of the gas stations in the United States would make $1,470,000,000 (one BILLION, four hundred and seventy million dollars). Also consider for a moment that this is based on my $50 gas bill yesterday. Many gas stations are charging significantly more for gas in other parts of the nation.

So now that you have seen some figures…why the fuck are we paying these losers so much for gas? Because they know we have no choice. If we want to get to work, get around, go shopping and do all the things we need to do in our day to day lives, we need to drive a vehicle, and vehicles need gas to go. So essentially, they have us by the balls.

Something needs to be done. This has to stop. People are losing their homes, the cost of groceries is skyrocketing. And it all falls back to the core problem, gas prices. If it costs the food grower $20 more for gas, the price of food will go up, because it costs more to transport it to the grocer. So now you see the mess. How do we clean it up? We need to elect a president who will address this issue head on. We need to free the car manufacturers from the criminal stronghold that OPEC and the oil companies have on them.

Otherwise, what more will happen? Our nature preserves in Alaska will be destroyed because we need oil? That’s not a fucking solution! Get rid of gasoline powered vehicles! We have the technology to send men back to the moon and eventually Mars, get Hydrogen cars on the market! Get rid of gasoline, send the towel heads packing and even better…make our environment cleaner through the use of Hydrogen powered cars!

The solution is clear. We just need to get off our asses and make it happen.


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