An intrepid correspondent sends a petition our way:
Remember January 2001? Those were the good old days before George Bush and Dick Cheney took office. At the time, gas cost just a dollar eighty-seven a gallon. And now? $3? $3.50? Even four dollars for a gallon of gas.I may not be a man of Aspen-Institute confidence that we're all one electro-car fleet away from civilizational salvation, yet I can't help but feel a small twinge of satisfaction at seeing the goddamn bus stuffed to the gills with rocking commuters at every goddamn hour of the day. For the first time since the price-shocked seventies, economic circumstances are forcing change for the better when it comes to our automotoring habits. Although I consider it substantially and demonstrably moronic to imagine that George W. Bush and Dick "Dick" Cheney bear some direct causal responsibility for the rising "cost of energy," I suggest that the one lasting boon of their tenure will be its hastening of the end of the car culture as we know it.
The cost of driving to work and flying to visit family keeps going up. Meanwhile, Exxon-Mobil made more profits last year than any corporation in human history.
It's long past time for real energy independence in America and that starts by making sure oil companies pay their fair share.
Send a message to your Senator right now:
Energy prices won't go down overnight. In the coming months we're going to be barraged with gimmicks like a tax day holiday which may poll well but do nothing to deal with our real problem of over reliance on fossil fuels.
That's because oil companies have all the money they need to make their case in Washington. They think that buying politicians will allow them to continue making record profits while we pay all the costs. Don't let them tell you a windfall profits tax wont work. Remember, we've done it before and it raised billions of dollars in revenue.
The oil companies and lobbyists underestimate the power of a movement of people from all walks of life. This debate isn't just about dollars and cents. It's about real people whose lives are suffering while corporations continue to rake in record profits.
Tell your Senator to Take Action:
This message is just the beginning. Let's put a human face on the sacrifices we're all making. Together, we can magnify our individual struggles and make Congress pay attention.
But IOZ digresses. Consider the incoherency of the email-argument. On one hand gas prices are too high; on the other hand, we're over-reliant on fossil fuels. On one hand, corporate profits are an obscenity; on the other hand, we're gonna put together a people-powered putsch that will force Congress (how? when? why?) to "do something," like taxing energy-company profits, in order to raise revenue (for what?), which seems somehow to translate in the addled mind of our intrepid online organizer into reducing the cost of gas at the pump. Now since we can all admit that costs aren't going to decline that much, Congresscritter action or no, what we're left with is a scheme whereby supposed consumer activists are crying for the government to artificially stimulate demand and consumption of the very thing on which we are evidently "over reliant [sic]." Also, this is going to impact profits . . . negatively.
Jesus Lord A-Mighty, buy some fucking bicycles, you whiny little bitches.