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any of the other leaders of the countries that paid for the discovery and protection of Middle East oil; they didn't do anything. Instead, we pay more and more
and more for the "ice cream" that we should at least be getting at a wholesale
And our political leaders, who should be helping to get us off our reliance to
gasoline do nothing to end the addiction.
Why? How? The answer is follow the money. The oil companies and politicians gave away the oil deposits but they kept the shipping and distribution,
they kept the refineries, they kept the retail outlets. And perhaps most significantly, by installing their brothers-in-law (the nomadic highwaymen) as the
groundskeepers, they created a ready-made excuse to drive prices up and keep
them up to ensure their intake of trillions of dollars. Political corruption did not
end with the demise of Tammany Hall; it did not end with the deaths of Boss
Tweed or Jimmy Walker or Richard Daley or Spiro Agnew or Huey Long. It is
alive and well in every significant state and federal elected officials' office. It is
rampant throughout the world. The oil and gasoline industry has bought our
politicians and they pay for it with our money and lives.
To draw the final connection between the ice cream analogy and the reality of
the gasoline situation; to add insult to injury, instead of the world's car makers
going to the gasoline industry to demand financial bailout (to continue producing
inefficient gasoline-powered vehicles) they went to our corrupt politicians to get
us to pay again for the vehicles that we already paid for.
The production of gasoline-powered vehicles must end. This gasoline-opium
war must be terminated - in the peoples' favor. As we have stated in separate
editorials on TheAutoChannel.com, we believe that electric vehicles are just a
diversion to keep us globally addicted to gasoline. Electric might be the answer
someday, but according to all major car makers that 'someday' is decades
away. The immediate answer - the near-time solution - is domestic ethanol. The
cure for the current financial depression is the swift and vigorous development
of domestically produced alternative fuels and alternative energy technologies.
This is true for the United States and for all other democratic industrialized nations.
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