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Mr Deans: You have not mentioned in your article that the United States in now a Net Petroleum Products Exporter, and that the center of the country, the area between Appalachia and Rockies, has a surplus of 1MM bbl/d of surplus crude production when Canadian imports are factored in... The discount of Cushing to Brent crude is the most glaring example of this, so you are right on the fact we cannot sway global prices (Brent) but wrong on the fact that our communities are held hostage to something beyond their control... Just my 2 cents...
Kudos that you acknowledge factual information, such as the increase in fossil fuels production. But you can't resist wading into a bit of partisan political posturing. Yes, production is up since Obama's inauguration, but there's no cause and effect. Not everything happens because the government wills it, some things happen despite. The boom in fossil fuels is entirely due to a technological breakthrough that goes by the name fracking, which you doubtless know. Obama's administration has done what it could to restrain the growth, which it has in conventional production, especially off-shore. But it has no authority on private and state lands, and can't repeal technological innovation (although the EPA is looking for ways to regulate it). Your mention of a GM product is curious. Traditionally environmentalists have demonized the Detroit 3 and idolized especially Japanese companies. Why no shout out for the now venerable Toyota Prius? The economic analysis, while not necessarily partisan, is flawed. An increase in a few million barrels per day, given the high "inelasticity" of energy demand, makes a significant difference, And the reason for the drop in demand has been as much the weak economy since 2008 globally as increased production. Not to take away the contribution of fuel efficiency, it makes a differences. But a more balanced analysis, without partisan barbs, would be welcome.
I think the saddest part is that most people have no choice but to drive to work so lower gas prices are definitely welcome but who knows if it will last. It would be nice for the prices to get lower.

 

 

It is sad when people on this unique website think that $3.31 a gallon for gas is a good deal because the reality is that it should be a lot cheaper than that.