OUR VIEWS: Time to stop supporting Big Oil

Sep 7, 2012


Where are the protests? Where are the scores of people proclaiming that they're going to carpool or buy mo-peds? Where are the congressional hearings?

Gas prices from general observation in Michigan last weekend ranged from a high of $4.28 per gallon to a low of $3.90.

A couple of years ago, when prices shot up to $4 per gallon, people everywhere complained — and loudly — that oil companies were evil to raise prices while they enjoyed outrageous profit margins.

At the same time, gas station owners, who have little say over prices and make their money mostly on concessions inside the store, are left out to dry on the front lines.

Shame on the oil companies for once again speculating on oil production as Hurricane Isaac came ashore and as the holiday weekend approached.

Perhaps because prices escalated gradually this time around there was less protest. Perhaps folks were simply too busy enjoying the holiday to let the prices bring them down.

But now that the excitement's over and it's clear that Isaac was no Katrina, fuel prices should drop, and quickly. If not, it is time to rethink our fuel usage and reduce our dependence upon the rich puppetmasters at the oil companies.

Let's stop dancing for them.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Have you ever heard of supply and demand? It's how the free market system works. Economics 101.



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