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Tuesday, March 30

Gasoline Prices

A Gallon Of Gas
Written by: Ray Davies
Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

I've been waiting for years
to buy a brand new cadillac
But now that I've got one
I want to send it right back

I can't afford the gas to
fill my luxury limousine
But even if I had the dough
no one's got no gasoline

I went to my local dealer
to see if he could
set me straight
He said there's a little
gas going
but I'd have to wait

He offered some red hot speed
Some really high grade hash
But a gallon of gas can't be
purchased anywhere
for any amount of cash

I can score you some coke
and some grade one grass
But I can't get a gallon of gas

I've got some downers
some speed
all the drugs that you need
But I can't get a gallon of gas

There's no more left to buy or sell
There's no more oil left in the well
A gallon of gas can't be
purchased anywhere
For any amount of cash

Who needs a car and a 747
When you can't buy a gallon of gas
Who needs a highway,
an airport or a jet
When you can't get a gallon of gas

There's no more left to buy or sell
There's no more oil left in the well
A gallon of gas can't be
purchased anywhere
For any amount of cash

You can't buy a gallon of gas
Back in the day, (late 70's -1980 or so) when there really was a gasoline shortage and we waited on long lines to get gasoline... and we did.... the patriotic thing to do was to conserve gasoline! Imagine that? I still haven't heard a peep from our government about conserving natural resources. We even started buying shitty little cars that got good gas mileage. Suddenly those grand land barges faded from the highways and econo-cars were all the rage. I remember when the White House didn't light the Christmas tree in order to save energy. We added all sorts of new fangled things to our homes to keep the heat in, changed windows, looked for alternative ways to heat our homes and get around. We were pretty good about this stuff back in the day.

Now? I can't find my car in the parking lot anymore because it is literally surrounded by the biggest hugest most monstrous SUVs. If one of them were to hit me, I would be killed and decapitated instantly. These gasoline gluttons fill the roads and the highways... at least around here they do. The funny thing is that the drivers claim these are very safe vehicles. Hmmm. How come every time it snows, I see SUVs flipped over all over the place? They are literally stuck everywhere when we have bad weather! Sideways, upside-down, stuck in snow piles, etc etc? I don't think they are really that safe. I think it depends on your driving, thank you very much. It just seems that bad drivers are buying these things... and SUCKING UP ALL THE GASOLINE!

And now on to the news.
John Kerry is blaming the Bush administration for the rising prices of gasoline. Holy cow, not only does he bash the Bush administration, he HAS A PLAN! He does want to pressure OPEC to increase oil supplies but they won't go for it.
"Despite current high prices for crude oil, markets are already well supplied and any decision by OPEC to pump more oil at this time would be destructive, the oil minister for the group's largest member said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali Naimi, accused investors and speculators of driving prices up to 13-year highs and said current prices "have absolutely nothing to do with supply and demand" for crude.

John Kerry's plan also includes:
---Stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and redirect that oil to the U.S. market. The reserve was created after the 1973-74 oil embargo to counteract disruptions in oil supplies.
---Develop domestic oil and gas supplies in certain areas, such as the Gulf of Mexico. He opposes efforts to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but aides have said he would promote more drilling in other, unprotected areas of Alaska.

Kerry charges that
"Those are not Exxon prices, those are Halliburton prices.

"But you have to give this administration credit because they clearly understands the connection between gas prices and the economy. Their approach to . . . higher prices is to make sure nobody has a job to drive to."

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