Price of Oil Hits $140 a Barrel … Politicians Have Done Nothing for 30+ Years


Politicians have done nothing with regards to energy policy in the US for 30+ years and a vote for Obama will continue the pattern. A vote for Obama means no drilling and no immediate help to “We the People”. If politicians do not want to use any responsible form of help to reduce the burden on Americans for energy costs, then they should be voted out of office. The help needs to be immediate, not 30 years down the road.

As the price of a barrel of oil reached $140 for the first time ever and prices at the gas pump are over $4.00 a gallon and increasing, ask yourself why? How is it that our Federal government, Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike, all have done nothing for 30+ years except act like absentee landlords to the American public.

NEW YORK (  Oil reached $140 a barrel for the first time ever Thursday following reports that Libya may cut production and an OPEC official said crude could hit $170 a barrel this summer.

Meanwhile, the dollar’s decline against the euro added further upward price pressure.

Every single option must be explored which includes short term offshore drilling for oil and drilling in ANWR, medium term ideas like increasing nuclear and energy and long term alternative fuel implementation. It is obvious that we must wean ourselves off of foreign oil and in many respects oil in general. However, that will not happen over night. We also must conserve; however, that is not the only answer.

The truth of the matter is that all options must be explored and implemented. The political bickering in Washington, DC must end and end now. The oil crisis is destroying the American economy and individuals. This is now a matter of national concern and national security. Politicians have sat back and made enough excuses, on both sides. There is no reason why a solution cannot be made to solve the problem and it is their job to do it for “We the People”.

However, the political posturing and nonsense goes on. As Republican Presidential candidate John McCain says drill offshore, Democratic candidate Barack Obama criticizes him for it.  Why the criticism? Because in the 2000 campaign McCain favored a moratorium on offshore drilling. Earth to Obama … IT AIN’T 2000 YOU IDIOT!!!  It costs $30 a barrel in 2000.  The year is 2008, gas and oil prices are through the roof and people are suffering. Funny, Obama sat in his church pews for 20 years and listened to anti-American rhetoric from his pastor Reverend Wright and seemed to change his mind in 2008 to finally distance himself. What’s the difference?

What does Obama think is going to happen this winter to the people in New England (that bastion of blue states) when it comes time to heat their homes with oil? The voters in New England best take a good look at what they are about to spend in heating bills under an Obama Administration.

The likely Democratic nominee pledged to keep in place the federal government’s 27-year moratorium on offshore drilling, and criticized McCain on changing his position on the matter.

Said Obama: “The politics may have changed but the facts haven’t.”

In McCain’s 2000 campaign, the Republican said he favored the moratorium. This week, he said he supports lifting it to give states the option to drill, and cited as a reason alleviating the pressure on consumers facing high gas prices.

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds responded that Obama is rejecting measures needed to lower gas prices. “The American people cannot afford Barack Obama’s do-nothing, out-of-touch energy policy,” Bounds said.

This is what energy policy has become in the US. One side trying to adapt to changing global conditions and righting a wrong, while the other side merely criticizes.

If you liked this post, you may also like these:

  • Coming Soon to a Gas Station Pump Near You … Oil drops below $52 a Barrel
  • US Gas Price Marks Biggest Drop Ever … However, Still Not Low Enough
  • Oil Drops to $88 a Barrel … Why does the Price at the Pump not Follow? Trump Says OPEC & Oil Companies Ripping Us Off
  • Oil Prices Drop Below $60 a barrel (23% since July) President Bush’s ratings Increase
  • Possible Break in Aruba? Barrel Being investigated.

  • Comments

    14 Responses to “Price of Oil Hits $140 a Barrel … Politicians Have Done Nothing for 30+ Years”

    1. brenda on June 27th, 2008 7:08 am

      Oh, they’ve done something in Virginia this week…they RAISED the gas TAX by 6 cents. Thanks so much! We appreciate your support …. can’t wait to vote you out next time around.

    2. Katt on June 27th, 2008 8:09 am

      Try checking out the Drive $marter Challenge ( You can enter your specific vehicle data and figure out how much money you can save my taking six fuel-efficiency steps. They also provide other fuel-efficiency tips to help you save on gas costs.

    3. david r on June 27th, 2008 11:57 am

      The price of gas will go down only when the value of the dollar rises in relation to the other currencies of the world. This is our country’s No. 1. It is not gay marriage, or illegal immigration, or even the war in Iraq. If we don’t save our economy soon, we will never recover. So who is the best man for that job ? I say McCain. Obama will just be another politician doling out pork to “his people.”

    4. Murph on June 27th, 2008 12:26 pm

      Congress is paid by Pacs not to do anything! They created this problem and will not fix it. We are in very serious trouble as they shut our economy down with the dollar slide. Our government is broken!

    5. tuyvnsurvivor on June 27th, 2008 2:29 pm

      Since the late 80′s Houston U at a alternative energy syp where I proposed my first seemingly inconsequencial prosess I have been repeating:

      The way for the gov to help is to assist in setting up 3 or 4 groups of volunteers. Or lightly paid in order to wave equal employment bs, each group seeking a pivitol key break through which opens the skies for innovations and inventions. In humans developement there are those keys which have to happen to fan inventions and developement. Each group that of combinations of scientist/pysicist/engineers and that of inventors. HIgh energy people, no t merely ones who direct others but ones who can do things themselves. TO me, basically an inventor is a person who can do most any trade, they know how things work; can do any art with the slightest of showing, they are creative and see and think only in pictures, they understand science rapidly. NO qoutas of people, low on rules, good bugget each group to say 100 to 150 million $, no politicians allowed on the sites. Education levels are not the only qualifier, shown results might be.

      Guess I am wanting to kick off a new Area 51.

      ANd please, I realize I woul d not make the grade. In my dreams I think I might when younger, though who knows how wild a thought that is. But I have no doubt at all, the above ideas woul d spring some break throughs into the open.

      I am personally not fond at all of univeristy efforts to such thinktank efforts, though they could nicely be used to identify needed and realistic break throughs and used some to polish up literature on discoveries later, before going on into industries.

      I feel people of wide areas of expertice and are hugely creative in various fields would serve the country in such thinktanks.

      We will not do this. We elect the wrong kinds of people to represent us. Like a coupl e of politicians I have had as joint venturers, they are no more valuable than ticks on a dogs ear. And too self promotional for me to stand them on my PU seat…out they go.

    6. bob on June 27th, 2008 2:47 pm

      A car engine can easily be changed to run on water alone. It could get 100 miles per gallon of water. They killed the inventer of the water car.

    7. whisk on June 27th, 2008 4:07 pm

      The past thirty years have seen the decline of the land line, and the rise of the cell phone.

      Why not a new concept car for Americans? If Tata can make a car for Indians, despite much adversity, why not a new car for Americans?

      Early motorists lacked a network of stations that sold gasoline. They lacked a network of stations that offered repairs. People adapted and continued to drive.

      If phone service can go from land line to cell technology in the space of a generation, why not the same advance for transportation?

      Electric for example, already a good distribution network in place. Why not fuel cells that can be taken into the home and charged up when necessary?

      How many Americans can afford $5/gallon this summer? How many will be able to afford $10/gallon next summer, and perhaps $20/gallon the summer after that?

      Life in American is changing, and the country needs leadership today on the issues that affect everyone.

    8. tuyvnsurvivor on June 27th, 2008 4:41 pm


      It is so much about efficiency. Cost and longevity of the fuel cell, toxic waste, energy to build the cell, how much more energy goes in than comes out. However, I think this is close to one possible thinktank possible, that of heatsource energy containment. Forinstance, a light bulb…tapping energy off the heat of that light bulb and adapting it to…what? There are so many possibles…methane of course and plentifull, aquaphonics too is pretty near a perpetual energy source — never know how to compare/simulate bio to mechanical. To mention any one thing I am sure I show my own ignorrance and useless opinions.

    9. whisk on June 27th, 2008 5:39 pm

      When the price of filling up the family car rises to over $150 dollars, will alternatives start to look better?

      Transportation is a priority. How will people get to work? How will people get to school? How will grandma & grandpa get to the grocery and the doctor’s office?

      How will tanks and humvees move without fuel?

      What happens when everything grinds to a halt?

    10. brie. on June 28th, 2008 4:04 am

      What are we to do….and what about our Senior Citizens….people living on a fixed income and do not have the means of increasing it…gas and electric is going up….water prices are rising….fuel is getting higher and higher….everything is such a mess!!!! The grocery alone is a disaster….!!!!

    11. brie. on June 28th, 2008 4:56 am

      Stop sending our jobs to foreign countries…and tax the corporations that are doing this heavily…..your putting many people out of work….but why!!!! We need to take care of our homeland….!!!

    12. Murph on June 28th, 2008 7:20 pm

      Congress will do nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    13. Murph on June 30th, 2008 8:19 am

      Congress will blame everyone except themselves and will vote straight party lines. Democrats say no to oil drilling anywhere! No nuclear plants for electricity, no new dams for hydro power. Ted Kennedy wanted NO windmills because it would mess up his view. We are heading to the stone age!!

    14. kayjay on June 30th, 2008 9:52 am

      We are paying the price folks because of the anti-oil drilling sentiment in this country 20 or so years ago when gas was dirt cheap and plentiful and we didn’t want those “unsightly” rigs off our beautiful coastline, or to disturb the wildlife in Alaska. We sent our technology to the middle east and helped them get their industry up and running thinking they’d be happy to supply us with what we needed….guess the plan backfired a bit, huh? There is still plenty of oil left here in our own country and the sooner we get drilling the better, along with building some more refineries. The disputed area in Anwar is miniscule and nowhere near the beautiful scenic areas. We also need nuclear plants. Now that waste can be recycled there is no excuse. However, if we get Senator FlipFlop as president I am not holding my breath.

    Leave a Reply

    Support Scared Monkeys! make a donation.

    • NEWS (breaking news alerts or news tips)
    • Red (comments)
    • Dugga (technical issues)
    • Dana (radio show comments)
    • Klaasend (blog and forum issues)
    E-mail It