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Turmoil by the Barrelful

Why the rising cost of crude is anything but a barrel of fun

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
May 5, 2006

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Turmoil by the Barrelful
A barrel of fun?
Are you crazy?
How rude.
It's downright disgusting.
What's more, it is crude.

Before long. the cost
of just filling our tank
will cause us to curse
as we empty the bank.

This barrel of turmoil
is causing us stress.
This fossil fuel rip-off
is really a mess.

Jed Clampett, where are you?
Jethro? Ellie Mae?
Hey Granny? You hear me?
We need you today.

That black gold you capped off.
Where is it? Dear me.
Our nation is thirsty
for your Texas tea.

We're thirsty for justice.
We're hungry for hope.
Our needle's on empty.
Just how can we cope?

A boycott on driving?
More hybrids to buy?
Some drills in the arctic?
Perhaps we should try.

A barrel of fun?
Are you crazy?
How rude.
It's downright disgusting.
What's more, it is crude.

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IdaLynn Wenhold from Naperville IL writes:
May 5, 2006
Greg's commentary should be printed in community papers like the SUN in Naperville. He is incredibly talented and wise!

Alma Dender from Perth, Australia writes:
May 5, 2006
Perhaps we Aussies can be forgiven for not feeling a lot of sympathy for the American complaints of high cost of crude oil, as we have had to pay twice the price for petrol ( and vehicles) than the USA for as many years as I have been driving, and that is over 30. However I am not denying that the cost of oil is affecting many, many people especially thos ein the lower soci-economic brackets, and will certainlyjeopardise the health and wellness of the most vulnerable in our communities. Of course the underlying problem is that one sector of the world is holding the rest of the world to ransom, but puching up the cost while maintianing the supply, and basically controlling the market. A subtle form of waging war? Maybe we all need to reduce our reliance on the fossil fules, costly as it maybe to do so initially. I am no economist but perhaps by reducing demand we can wage war back?

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