Why have the tree huggers caused the energy prices to surge?

The cost of oil, natural gas, electricity are all at record highs. Refineries are at capacity, Electric plants cant supply enough, and america cant drill for its own resorces. Are they in the pocket of big energy?

14 Responses to “Why have the tree huggers caused the energy prices to surge?”

  1. Alabama Man Says:

    If they had their way, the White House would become a tree house, we would be driving cars like fred flintstone with the bottoms cut out, and there would be more owls then americans.

  2. Change WE can believe in! Says:

    Surging energy prices are NOT the result of anything "tree huggers" are doing.

  3. CitizenX. Says:

    The last time I saw a picture of the folks that run the oil companies I don’t recall seeing any hippies. Try asking the Vice President

  4. Forget War Buy More Says:

    It’s not tree huggers, it’s the increased global demand for oil.

    If you want to stop spending so much I would suggest hugging a tree. Simple environmentally friendly changes usually save peoples hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars.

  5. Fedup Says:

    NOPE! It is called Oil tycoons BS. Don’t believe me? Check this out!

    "Take this internal Texaco strategy memo: "[T]he most critical factor facing the refining industry on the West Coast is the surplus of refining capacity, and the surplus gasoline production capacity. (The same situation exists for the entire U.S. refining industry.) Supply significantly exceeds demand year-round. This results in very poor refinery margins and very poor refinery financial results. Significant events need to occur to assist in reducing supplies and/or increasing the demand for gasoline." The memo went on to discuss a sucessful campaign in Washington State to shrink refined supply by removing other additives in the gasoline that filled gas volume.

    Another Mobil memo shows the company promoted tough regulations in California to shut down an independent refiner. A Chevron memo acknowledged the industry wide need to shutter refineries and discussed how refiners were responding in kind.

    Large oil companies have for a decade artificially shorted the gasoline market to drive up prices. Oil companies know they can make more money by making less gasoline. Katrina should be a wakeup call to America that the refiners profit widely when they keep the system running on empty. It’s time for government to regulate the industry’s supply. The fact that President Bush received $2.6 million from the oil industry for his reelection in 2004 should make regulation of the nation’s gas supply one of the Democrats’ most important talking points."


  6. Think 1st Says:

    Because they hugged all of the energy out of the trees.

  7. Dangerous Dad Says:

    Last quarter, American oil companies recorded record profits, while oil prices are at an all time high. I don’t think any of the CEOs of oil companies are hippies.

  8. Walter S Says:

    Tree huggers? What makes you think they are to blame? Is that really a theory of yours?

    To answer your question, they haven’t. And tree huggers should love nuclear power.

  9. jpenergy@sbcglobal.net Says:

    reality not tree huggers……………from 07
    The chief economist at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce says we should expect $100 a barrel oil by the end of next year, and it’s likely to be three-digit prices from then on out. AP (via John Robb):

    Oil prices could top $100 a barrel by the end of next year and remain above that point for years to come, the chief economist of Canadian investment bank CIBC World Markets said Tuesday.

    Jeffrey Rubin said rising demand within oil-rich nations such as Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia will put pressure on global oil prices in the coming years. That, combined with the increased cost of pulling petroleum from reserves deep under the sea or wringing it out of oil sands in Canada, will keep oil prices high even if demand in the Western world remains constant. "We’re in a world of triple digit oil prices for the foreseeable future," Rubin said during a speech to investors here.

    Rubin said oil exports from OPEC countries, Russia and Mexico will likely decline by about 3 million barrels per day over the next five years. The biggest drop, he expects, will come from Mexico, a key U.S. supplier. "Of the 3 million barrels, we’re probably talking about 2 million barrels are going to come directly out of U.S. supplies," he said.

    Rubin expects Mexican oil imports to the U.S. will dry up by about 2012. Some of that decline will be made up by imports from other parts of the world, but the lions’ share — nearly a third of all U.S. oil imports — will come from Canadian oil sands, he predicted. But replacing relatively easy-to-refine liquid crude with petroleum from oil sands is certain to increase costs, he said. By the end of the decade, Canadian oil sands are likely to represent the world’s largest source of new oil supplies, he said. "We’re basically replacing low-cost oil with high-cost oil," he said.

  10. iamct01 Says:

    My My My never thinking of the future, maybe we should save those reserves until we really need them you think. If it was up to tree huggers the oil companies would be nationalized and profits controlled.

  11. Gamla Joe Says:

    Unfortunately the right tree huggers do not have the power.

    If they did we would have worked on alternatives for oil 30 years ago and we would not be in this situation.

    We cannot drill ourselves out of this problem, we need new sources of energy to run our cars.

  12. wyldfyr Says:

    Tree huggers can actually bring down the price of energy. When more people use public transportation, walk, bicycle, car pool, and develop and use clean sources of energy demand for oil comes down.

  13. Mr. E Says:

    Because treehuggers like Gen. Shinseki wouldn’t allow Bush to send in enough troops to secure Iraq after the fall of Baghdad!

    And wasn’t it the treehuggers that forced Bush to fire Rumsfeld, even after it became clear that His strategy was starting to work?

  14. islander8181 Says:

    If we had listened to "tree huggers" a little more, oil prices would be much lower. It’s the "tree huggers" who have been trying to get better fuel economy. Can you imagine how much oil would cost if we still had cars that weighed 3 tons and got 10 mpg? Had we continued improving and increasing CAFE requirements – cars might be getting 40 or 50 mpg by now. As for refineries being at capacity, the major reason is that they have been SHUTTING down refineries all over the country and not expanding the ones they already have. Marathon in Detroit just recently expanded and is going to expand again. Why didn’t they do that years ago? But I guess the non-tree huggers would rather shut down refineries and build new ones next to someone elses neighborhood and screw up Alaska so that we can drive Hummers and 4wd trucks with 400 cubic inch engines to compensate for your tiny little