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WDAM Viewpoint- Gas Prices

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March 11, 2011

Warmer weather is on its way.  The birds are chirping.  The flowers are blooming.  And…gas prices are going up.

Are you as confused as I am as to why the price of gasoline has risen so dramatically in the past few weeks?  Sure, there is unrest in areas of the world where oil production takes place.  But does that really justify the rapid increase in prices in America?  I really have my doubts. 

Every year about this time there seems to be another excuse for raising prices just in time for summer vacation driving.  However, you can mark my words that when the oil companies release their quarterly financial statements in April that you will see record profits.

I'm all for the free trade market, but it seems unfair the Big Oil is able to earn billions of dollars in profit off the backs of the working class like you and me.

I know we are working on vehicles that are more energy efficient and rely less on fossil fuels, but the price of that option is still prohibitive for many families.  We have to get off the gasoline roller coaster by cutting the cord on our Middle East oil dependency.  It is a matter of national security that should have been a top priority long ago.

I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's viewpoint.  Write and let us know what you think.