by Dan Adams
There has been considerable discussion recently about the high price of gasoline. Various suggestions have been offered, generally along the lines of picketing the local gas stations, or having certain days when no one buys gasoline at all.
Any efforts along these lines are not going to have much effect. They are truly directed at the symptoms and not the disease.
In the first place, the EPA has driven all the local gas stations out of business, with their expensive requirements for tank replacement. I can't think of a single station in Payson that is locally owned anymore.
Any moves that any group in Payson may take are not going to have much imprint on management in California or New York.
Anyhow, the major problems are not with the petroleum companies, the problems are with Congress.
Through a number of years, and a number of laws, Congress has forced us to become more and more dependent on foreign oil, mostly from the Middle East.
The U.S. has large deposits of petroleum available to us. Some of it, we know where it is, and roughly how much is available. Some of it, we only suspect where it is.
Some of the places where we know there is substantial petroleum are Alaska, California, Louisiana and Texas. These are fields that are closed to drilling for environmental purposes.
Our gas is also more expensive because of the Jones Act, which requires all transportation of anything between American ports to be in American ships -- at much higher costs.
The federal government is also taking far more tax money from us in gasoline taxes than is being spent on highway building and maintenance. The other gas tax money is being spent on mass transportation, in cities, and on all sorts of social engineering, dreamed up by un-elected bureaucrats.
As a for instance, the Town of Payson has forced all sorts of businesses and individuals to pave acres of Payson, when we would have been better off to leave it unpaved. If we hadn't paved it, badly needed water could have soaked in to replenish our aquifers, rather than running downstream to the benefit of Salt River Project.
Why does the town insist on paving? So we won't lose government money from having too high a dust count.
So you see, as nearly always, the problem is in Washington.
If you really want to do something about the long term cost of petroleum, write to Rep. J.D.
Hayworth and senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, and tell them what you want. Or just enclose a copy of this letter.
Many representatives and senators are influenced by constituents who believe plants and animals and bugs and worms are more important than people.
In fact, it is the people who hold that basic belief that have forced Congress to pass the restrictive legislation that prevents the U.S. from supplying more of its own petroleum needs.
Rep. Hayworth and senators McCain and Kyl know that people are more important than plants or animals, but they need our help in bringing a lot of their peers around to understanding this.
So, write to everyone in Washington that you have any sort of acquaintance with, or anyone you have read or heard about who is obstructing America's ability to supply more of its energy requirements.