Washington’s Love-Hate Relationship With Oil

February 22, 2012   |  

Found an excellent article over at Reason.com titled “Aren’t High Gas Prices What Democrats Want?”  It got me thinking about what politicians in D.C. really want.  An excerpt:

Gas prices are spiking. That’s great news, right? We have to wean ourselves off the stuff. At least that’s what we’ve been hearing for years. Oil is dirty. We import it from nations that hate our guts (like Canada!). And moreover, we’re running out. Oil is “finite.” Finite much in the way water is finite. So why aren’t Democrats making the case that the spike in prices is a good thing? Isn’t this basically our energy policy these days? How we “win the future”? If high energy prices were to damage President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects, it would be ironic, considering the left has been telling us to set aside our “dependency”—or, as our most recent Republican president put it, “addiction”—for a long time.

This makes an excellent example of how our politics work here in the U.S.  Our politicians know what people want, low gas prices, but also know what the people want to hear, kicking the “addiction”.  And what’s worse is that so many people are stupid enough to buy in to it.

Maybe the government should get out of the oil business all together and let consumers decide what they want to buy.  If we let manufactures and energy innovators move technology forward, maybe we’d have lower prices, and susatianable energy.

Follow Blake on Twitter @BlakeOates and check out his personal blog and podcast at www.ExpMed.net

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