Friday, June 15, 2007

"We're Doing it to Ourselves"...

...according to T. Boone Pickens, one of the richest men on the planet and one of those fringe crazies who think we have passed the peak of worldwide oil production. Yea, he's so crazy, he's laughing all the way to the bank. What are we doing? Well, for starters, we're driving up the price of oil by using so much of it to power our happy motoring paradise, air-conditioning the desert, making more plastic than we can throw away and basing most of our diet on the stuff.

But, that's not all. Alan Greenspan notes that the decline in oil production in Mexico - the Cantarell oil field has been crashing for several years now, and taking with it most of the tax and income base of the Mexican government - is only going to worsen the influx of immigrants looking for better financial futures. I'm willing to bet that many of our most fervent anti-immigration voices also drive really big vehicles. Funny how the two might be connected. Alan Greenspan suggests how we'll keep the yearning masses at home: gas prices will have to offset declining production. Don't want Mexican immigrants? Pay more for gas.

And, what do our fearless leaders in Washington tell us? Blame it on the oil companies. Yea, that's it: must be those malevolent corporations. Because the last thing a leader might suggest is that we're doing it to ourselves.

1 comment:

Paul Pennyfeather said...

"I'm willing to bet that many of our most fervent anti-immigration voices also drive really big vehicles. Funny how the two might be connected."

I don't get this comment. Is it axiomatic that those who want secure borders, want to stem the tide border-related crime, want living wages for low-income jobs, and who care about decline of American sovereignty under Bush are hypocrites and drive gas-guzzling cars?

Everything you outline in this post is of concern to many of us who want secure borders. Here's what's connected: cheap oil and cheap labor; global trade and unprotected borders; declining wages and fat cat criminality; a corn-soaked food industry and a cheap labor-loaked economy.