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Katrina and Oil Companies


With thousands possibly dead, rescue and relief efforts have already begun. Help is coming from all over this great nation. Efforts from regular people like you and I, extending their homes to strangers who no longer have a roof over their head. Offering food, clothing and money donations. It makes you feel good about being an American. Complete strangers becoming your brother in a time of need.

However, my question is; Where are the multi-billion dollar oil companies when all of this is happening?

Will they be helping rebuild the shattered Southern States? Or are they worried about lining their pockets with money? Now Im not just talking about rebuilding down there, because with 4 of the 8 oil refineries shut down due to Katrina, Im sure they are chomping at the bit to open them back up, and access and repair any damages that may have been sustained. Im talking about RELIEF; Helping those who help them. Helping to rebuild an area that has been devastated. Helping people who may not be able to get their lives back in order for years to come. Will they be donating part of their huge yearly incomes to the aid of the Katrina victims? Will they step it up, and make paying over $3.00 a gallon worth while? Or are they simply taking advantage of us at a time when we are at our lowest? My bet is on the latter.

Someone has to figure out how to put an end to these large corporations beating us down into the middle and lower class. Money hungry, greedy, heartless people run these companies, and its evident by their "take advantage of the people, record yearly income" strategies. I dont care what the cost of a barell of oil is, lower the profits, its not like they arent rich enough. One day it will get to the point where we take control of the reins again, afterall, we are the people that do ALL the REAL work.

We have to unite to bring these big-wigs off their "oil-money" golden thrones!

Though I ranted about the oil companies, forget about them for a moment; Please remember to keep those affected by this horriffic natural disaster in your thoughts and prayers. Countless families have lost everything they have, not knowing what tomorrow holds in store for them. Some weren't even that lucky, losing family members and in some cases, whole families gone with one deft swoop of the Lords hand. The awe-inspiring power of mother nature has wreaked havoc on these peoples lives, pray for them and help them any way you can!

---Matt
 

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Unfortunately - Our oil companies control less than 20% of the flow.

Big oil..... not really.

Had we allowed more refineries to be developed through the last 30 years, we'd have the technology and the surplus to maintain stable prices.

Further - the enviro-wacko ban on nuclear developement and coal efficiencies have a huge impact. More nukes = less dependence on foreign oil.
Wackos constantly point to Chernobyl as the nuclear demon. Fortunately we live in a country that likes to build safe nuclear plants. Three Mile Island. A lot of hysteria. Chernobyl was a slapped together reactor that the Soviets built to compete with the free world. Three Mile was never at the point of core meltdown. China Syndrome? Bunk!

No one ever points out that France and other European countries rely heavily on Nuclear energy. No accidents there. Why? They used the same technology that we use.

People believe that SUV's are the problem. They've been misled. In the USA petroleum based products are used for almost everything. Textiles, Building materials, appliances, utensils, cosmetics, fuel, power. You name it - its in everything.

You will never reduce the demand by eliminating 8 cylinder vehicles.

The oil prices should retrace, at least among the speculators in the futures markets.

As Iran and North Korea develop their own power plants, they will reduce petroleum demand in their respective regions, as well as advance there other causes. These countries don't care if their reactors fail, they'll build more at the expense of human life. We won't and we couldn't.
 

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Will they be helping rebuild the shattered Southern States? Or are they worried about lining their pockets with money? Now Im not just talking about rebuilding down there, because with 4 of the 8 oil refineries shut down due to Katrina, Im sure they are chomping at the bit to open them back up, and access and repair any damages that may have been sustained. Im talking about RELIEF; Helping those who help them. Helping to rebuild an area that has been devastated. Helping people who may not be able to get their lives back in order for years to come. Will they be donating part of their huge yearly incomes to the aid of the Katrina victims? Will they step it up, and make paying over $3.00 a gallon worth while? Or are they simply taking advantage of us at a time when we are at our lowest? My bet is on the latter.
Well since those oil companies provide jobs and income to the Gulf Coast, I hope they get their end back up and the rigs running! Exxon/Mobil has been one of the first companies to provide money and humanitarian aid. 'Big Oil' is a huge part of the Gulf economy. I don't think they wring their hands and say "hmmm, now's our chance to screw the little guy." "Excellent Smithers!"

Montgomery Burns doesn't run the oil companies.
 
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