Protest Now, Pay Later

Recently, a friend asked my advice on whether or not she should participate in a protest against BP, in response to the recent oil spill in the Gulf.

Putting aside the reality that these protests, being staged all across America, are after the fact and, in truth, will have no effect on cleanup or the aftermath (be it environmental or otherwise) of the spill, I suggested she not waste her time. Here’s why:

Now two months into the disaster, even the protests are late in response. Look, I can’t think of anyone who honestly believes this incident has been or will be a good thing for our country and our way of life.

Regardless of your opinions on how the government is handling the crisis or how BP is showing increasing indifference by the day, the reality is that gas prices will inevitably skyrocket as a direct result of this disaster. And once again, the little guy gets screwed.

To that end, I find it interesting the prices have remained (comparatively) low at the pump and in some areas gas has dropped 20 cents per gallon or more. This leads me to question the economist-honored “supply and demand” theory.

If gas prices did skyrocket right after the spill or even now, it would make sense, according to the theory. It would also be a public relations nightmare not only for BP but for any energy company in the world. I can’t help but think this may be just part of a grander stunt and we are all unwitting pawns in yet another oil giant ruse.

The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. More accurately, the proof is still three or four months down the line. The obvious facts remain that we lost a huge amount of crude oil into the sea in this spill, and if you think what would become fuel for our cars from that crude would only arrive at BP stations, you are either naïve, or just plain fooling yourself.

I, for one, will be closely watching gas station marquees at the end of September and early October, when the oil giants think most Americans may have forgotten about the spill or, at the very least, have “moved on with their lives.”

That, my friends, is when BP and the oil industry will finally be able to get their punches in… to our wallets!

by Peter P. Gaseoustania; Gaseoustania Tonight

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