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Rising gas prices just the tip of the iceberg – Liz’s rant

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that gas prices are on an uphill climb, with some pundits predicting $6 a gallon in the not-so-distant future. Chances are, you’re already feeling the pocket book pinch. And it would appear there is no proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, a recent Energy Department analysis found that the average American could need to come up with a cool $700 this year in order to fill up their tank.

But here’s the real rub. Gasoline isn’t the only thing you’ll be paying more for. Consider these products – all made from crude oil. And please note that I’m only grazing the surface, here (no pun intended, of course):

  • Crayons
  • Dishwashing liquids
  • Deodorant
  • Eyeglasses
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Football cleats
  • Upholstery
  • Sweaters
  • Boats
  • Nail polish
  • Fishing lures
  • Dresses
  • Perfumes
  • Caulking
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Transparent tape
  • Antiseptics
  • Curtains
  • Food preservatives
  • Basketballs
  • Soap
  • Vitamin capsules
  • Antihistamines
  • Umbrellas
  • Hair coloring
  • Lipstick
  • Candles
  • Trash bags
  • Hand lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Balloons
  • Sun glasses
  • Telephones
  • Pillows
  • Cameras
  • Anesthetics
  • Bandages
  • Movie film
  • Soft contact lenses
  • Drinking cups

Now imagine all of the companies that produce these products, the employees who count on their jobs to pay for price at the pump, clothe their kids – heck, clean their kids. Imagine the consumer that no longer buys products because they simply can’t afford them. Who can say, “domino effect”?

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I’m against looking for other sources of energy. But no source of energy is without its own negatives (and yes, that includes solar panels – GASP!). Right now, we have oil yet to be unearthed right here in America – and we can reach it without causing the sky to fall as some may lead you to believe. (Never mind that pesky little moratorium on off-shore drilling, right??) As an acquaintance of mine is fond of saying, you can’t unplug the refrigerator and expect it to keep the beer cold.

Yet we’re expected to buy into the notion that if we drill for our own oil, we’re ruining the environment in one fell swoop. There are “woe is me” tales of horror perpetrated to evoke extreme guilt on Americans and our way of life should we dare even consider such a possibility.  Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.  I’m just sayin…

At some point, we’re going to have to make some big decisions, here, if America as we know it is to survive. We can sit back and whine about the need to find other energy sources, spread noxious lies that the sky will fall if we drill for oil, and feign outrage when we see someone who chose to fill their car up for a 300-mile trip, all the while insisting they could’ve walked to “save the environment”, or we can drill for oil, while the best of the best in the private sector (yes, I said private sector) continue their search for other clean forms of energy.

It’s time to man up, here. Time to drill, baby, drill. The fridg is unplugged and the beer is getting warm.

-Liz

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