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We've got the expensive fuel but not the millions of 'green' jobs

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To the editor,

Here on Friday morning I went to fill up the car and yes, the price jumped another two cents overnight. Well that's four four cents in four days so that now I get to pay over $3.70/gallon here abouts. As bad as this is we around this area are 12 to twelve cents below the national average sited at weeks start at $3.83/gal. Be thankful for slight mercy's I guess? The scary thing here is if that rate of increase continued we could expect that by Labor Day gas would be ...

To the editor,

Here on Friday morning I went to fill up the car and yes, the price jumped another two cents overnight. Well that's four four cents in four days so that now I get to pay over $3.70/gallon here abouts. As bad as this is we around this area are 12 to twelve cents below the national average sited at weeks start at $3.83/gal. Be thankful for slight mercy's I guess? The scary thing here is if that rate of increase continued we could expect that by Labor Day gas would be around $4.30/gal. There goes our travel plans.

You know some folks are blaming Wall Street speculators for driving up the prices but we need to realize that those speculators are reacting to artificial conditions being created by our own government. When the current administration creates a situation(s) where speculators thrive the president can't then say he has no control over it. From early on in his election bid, Obama maintained he would make the cost of energy skyrocket in order to make "green energy" more competitive and create millions of green jobs. Well energy is skyrocketing but where are the jobs? And who stands to gain and who stands to loose in this political maneuvering? We have seen several examples ( Solaria jumps right to mind) where big bucks have been wasted already on the presidents campaign supporters trying to make expensive/inefficient green technologies work but, face it, they just aren't ready for prime time yet. Heck, they my never be. Who looses. That's easy, you and I and anyone in the following categories: the poor, the sick, the elderly on fixed income. working families, single moms, and well I guess any of the 99% of the people who aren't rich.

So who's to blame? Blame speculators, Wall Street, Middle East unrest or any number of red herrings and nothing will change. Blame must be assessed accurately to be effective. President Harry Truman had a plaque on his desk which read, "The buck stops here". And that folks is where the buck continues to stop irregardless of claims to the contrary.

Steve Earle

Hill