Back on January 13th, the Chicago chapter of CBS News ran an article titled “Gas Outlook: ‘Most Painful Year At Pump Ever.’”
The piece detailed how gasoline prices could hit somewhere uncomfortably close to $5 a gallon by Memorial Day, without much relief over the summer.
“Gas prices always spike in the summer,” it read. “But the 2012 Gasbuddy.com Price Outlook predicts this summer will break records. ‘It looks like it might be the most painful year at the pump that we have ever seen,’ senior analyst Patrick DeHaan said.”
And the article continues to quote him on exactly why that might happen. Specifically, he blames the “improving” economy, and current tensions between Iran and the U.S. over the Middle Eastern nation’s aggressive attempts to develop nuclear weapons.
What he fails to mention and CBS fails to report (no big surprise there) is that prices wouldn’t be nearly so high even now if the U.S. government would just stop pandering to the kind of insane environmentalists that value animal and plant life over human beings.
You know, like the kind that deemed it improper to kill rats (the rodent kind, not the politicians) in Washington D.C. Or the kind that deliberately interfere with or even prevent attempts to acquire oil.
And yes, I’m talking about President Obama and his recent rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline proposition.
That project would have made it easier and cheaper over the long-term for the U.S.’s neighboring ally, Canada, to transport its black gold around. And while it wouldn’t be completed for some time, of course, short and mid-term speculation would still positively affect oil prices to give consumers everywhere at least a bit of relief.
Then there’s the fact that, some 100,000 U.S. citizens could easily get jobs working on the U.S. portion of the pipeline. But Obama doesn’t care about the American people’s income or expenses. He cares about reelection.
Even the Hill admits the decision “will likely go a long way toward improving rocky relations with environmental groups,” all but blatantly calling it a political move to “shore up his base.”
It also speculates that “Obama’s decision could make him more vulnerable to criticisms that his policies are disrupting the private sector and costing the economy jobs, especially if the economy worsens.”
So if oil prices climb higher as predicted this Summer – or even if gasoline doesn't drop down past the painfully inflated prices it's at now – don’t just blame Iran. Blame the sitting U.S. president… and remember this come November.