LETTER: Rising fuel prices stem from lack of competition

Sunday, May 22, 2011 | 4:35 p.m. CDT

Many people don't realize that the high cost of fuel is forcing all prices up besides gas at the pumps. Production costs and freight costs go up and are passed on to the consumers.

The high cost of fuel as well as other problems are the fault of our own government as they allowed the large oil companies to buy up the smaller, independent oil companies, allowing them to control the supply and price. To have efficiency and fair prices in all things, you must have competition. Now, we must demand that our government cap the price of oil and tax their windfall profits. If this doesn't work, we must bring an anti-trust suit against them for being in restraint of trade. Watch the Republicans holler as they get big bucks from them.

We should also stop exporting our oil into other countries. A democratic form of government as ours works no better than other forms, if enough people are not informed and involved in the affairs of our government. Too many of our people are interested in sports, celebrities, electronic gadgets and other less important affairs in our country.

This condition makes it easy for the special interest groups to control our elected officials to their advantage. This has allowed for the working middle class to be pushed into poverty with the creation of more millionaires. If this condition continues it will lead us down the road of no return, resulting in a revolution, as has happened in other once great nations throughout history, and is happening now in the Middle East. The death of Bin Laden may have increased the morals of our troops and people, but it has made a martyr of him.

We will not win the war on terrorism by only fighting the symptoms, you must correct the causes, such as our involvement in the affairs of the Muslim religions of the Middle East.

Louis J. Anesi lives in Centralia.

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Paul Allaire May 23, 2011 | 2:29 p.m.

I'm not sure if this is a result of poor education or a failure of the media. There are other possibilities. I'm unsure where to begin with this, so possibly it is better that I refrain from comment. And I will refrain from blaming sports, celebrities, or electronic gadgets, like the one that made it possible to view this.

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Paul Allaire May 23, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.

If one really wants to know the cause of "high fuel prices" they might consider the source of their electronic gadgets.

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Paul Allaire May 23, 2011 | 2:34 p.m.

And don't feel bad, Louis. Mike Roper's take on the issue was far worse than yours.

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Paul Allaire May 23, 2011 | 2:36 p.m.

Maybe we could have Sarah Palin chime in. I understand that she can see the oil fields from her house.

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Mark Foecking May 23, 2011 | 3:16 p.m.

"Now, we must demand that our government cap the price of oil"

Um, the price of oil is set by world markets. Furthermore, capping the price of something locally merely means it will get sold somewhere else for more. This is a recipe for shortages, which are far more devastating than high prices.

"We should also stop exporting our oil into other countries."

We export a small amount of our West Coast production to Japan, simply because we can't get it efficiently to the rest of the country. There's no oil pipeline across the Rockies, and it's unlikely there ever will be.

Gasoline prices are high because demand is high, and also inelastic, because of people's choices. Oil companies do a very good job of delivering a fairly priced, abundant product. Making it more difficult for them to do so will simply make it more difficult for all those people who have chosen to become dependent on cheap gasoline.


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