There seems to be gathering disgust against OPEC for the rising price of oil. As the barrel price nears $100, gas pumps reflect the climb. Soon the cost of other products that rely on oil and its byproducts will also follow suit.
That there is growing resentment against the oil-producing nations that make up OPEC is not justified. That Americans have been content to allow for no new innovative means to replace our reliance on oil should be the focus of the ire that it now percolating. If we want to find someone to grouse about when it comes to the effect oil prices have on this nation take a look in the mirror.
We are all responsible.
For too long American lawmakers of both parties have not engaged the energy issues in the manner they need to be addressed. Voters have to share the blame as we did not force lawmakers to find solutions, and sadly were in no mood to be inconvenienced with new ideas or higher taxes.
The solution lies not in opening the arctic for careless large business interests, or planting ever more environmental disasters in the form of oil rigs in the Gulf Of Mexico. To pretend that there is not a limited supply of oil, or that the whole idea of replacing our reliance on oil can be stalled for another decade or so is pure folly.
To pretend in that fashion only pushes the day of reckoning further down the road. That thinking is why once again there is a growing level of angst against OPEC as oil prices climb.
Instead we need to break the mold of old thinking and aim for new means of transportation, seek better and more efficient motors in cars, demand higher standards from auto makers, and help create a new way of thinking about social needs.
Instead of buying fuel-efficient cars the idea of bigger and more costly SUV type of sales lured customers to auto dealers for years. At the same time there was no real incentive from Washington to force car makers to increase mpg in any meaningful way. Instead of fostering high-speed and commuter trains short-sighted political interests worked feverishly to undermine new modes of transportation.
So as oil prices surge on the open market, and economic growth creates more demand for oil making even more pressure for higher prices, think about what we might have done in America over the past decades to blunt OPEC.
The problem is not OPEC.
The problem lies at what reflects back from your mirror each morning.