Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Banana Anyone?

This is what I mean when I say things like corporate campaign contributions (and public stupidity) have rendered the American public impotent at the voting booth. Currently, we have a newly minted Democratic majority in Congress. Yet, the petroleum oligolopy is confident enough in its purchased power to undertake some of its most blatant gouging ever. The following chart shows the monthly, averaged price changes from Jan 2006 to the present of both crude oil and regular gasoline in the US. The price gap shown for May 2007 is pure profit. When prices went up last May, the oil companies blamed increased crude prices. This year they don't bother because we're already trained.


At 9:45 PM, Blogger Serena Joy said...

I think the buzz word here is "trained." We know the prices are going to creep up for the most arcane reasons, and they know we're going to pay it. They ought to plant banana trees at every pump.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Broadsheet said...

Interesting. See my post from a year and a half ago:

It would seem something has changed recently. Bend over and take it like a man.

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Mighty Dyckerson said...

Thankfully I stockpiled a ton of gas back in January. My toilets, bathtub, and hot water tank is full of it.

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Aza said...

Ya know now that you mention it, I have noticed a sharp pain radiating through my ass each time I leave the gas station. Until I read this post I had no idea of its origin.

I think I'll say to hell with it and start biking to work- that'll get the monkey off my back and his over priced banana outta my ass!

At 1:43 AM, Blogger j.a.s. said...

thank god BFs torture devices are battery powered.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous lori said...

Number one: Move to an urban area with adequate mass transportation and get yoursaelf a bike.

Number two: get a job with access to said mass transportation.

Number three: if you *NEED* a car, then get a small, fuel effcient hybrid or high mileage. Try and not use it often.

Number four: ride your damn bike.

Works for me. I spend, on average, about 40 bucks on gas a month.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger CruiserMel said...

And you thought this post would be incoherent?

At 3:57 PM, Blogger tfg said...

SJ-Yes, we never cease to amaze me.

broadsheet-I'm waiting for Exxon Mobil, BP, and Koch to form their own cartel in the US. The can call in Kotec.

dyck- I, too, am sitting on a stockpile of gas. Literally.

aza-That's the worst part. Even Vaseline is made from petroleum.

j.a.s.-It's not easy being green, no?

crusiermel-THe jury is still out on that one.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Strumpet said...

Are you saying you'd like to stick a banana up my tailpipe?

Just don't use Vasoline.

I'm an Astroglide kinda girl.

I'm also a public transit type of chick. But, I hail from Chi-town, so the El is kitty-corner from my apartment.

Gas here is up to almost four dollars a gallon in the city. Cheaper in the 'burbs...but not by much.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Sassy Blondie said...

It would be easy to say, "Ride your damn bike," if one didn't commute 45 minutes to and from work.

It would be easy to say, "Move to a place with mass transit," if one worked in an area where the mass transit was still being built.

It would be easy to say, "Buy a hybrid," if the auto makers would make hybrids affordable for everyone.

It is easy to say, " You have to WANT to change," if we were all independently wealthy and did not depend on our job security to pay for a mortgage.

However, we aren't building any new refineries, yet we are told our "aging" refineries can't keep up with demand.

So the way I see it is this: There is plenty of oil, not enough sense, and too many excuses.

And I fucking hate tree huggers.

At 11:05 PM, Blogger puerileuwaite said...

It's all in the merchandising. They gouge the lazy bastards who just want a quick fillup. For the real bargains, you have to go INSIDE the gas station.

For instance, I recently bought a cowboy hat for $16 at one that was selling for $32 at upscale shoppes. And coffee and Lotto tickets haven't gone up in price for a long time now.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Legaleagle said...

I heart this post! It's so nice to see it on paper to know EXACTLY how badly I'm getting nailed.

Everytime I pull up to the pump, I think "And they don't even buy me dinner first."

And, Lori is a bitchy hippie hobag.

The Legal Eagle

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Charles said...

What are they gonna do with all of that money, turn all of there prized possessions into gold. It's frustrating. I hope they know that they can't take it with them when they drop dead.


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