The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Thursday, January 31st, Day 281 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent, intergovernmental Organization, created at the Baghdad Conference on September 10-14, 1960, by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. White its membership has fluctuated, essentially most Petroleum Exporting Countries joined shortly thereafter and have been members since then.
OPEC first rose to International prominence in 1973, when they triggered the Arab oil embargo. For several months, fuel shortages persisted worldwide, long lines formed at gas pumps and fuel prices skyrocketed. Ultimately, OPEC increased supplies but retained high prices.
Provoked, by the energy shortage threat, the Carter Administration created the Department of Energy to seek alternative energy solutions. Despite some progress on expanding domestic energy alternatives, it wasn’t sufficient to loosen OPEC’s iron tight grip. Through the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s, OPEC essentially controlled both global supply and pricing for crude petroleum with prices reaching nearly $200 per barrel.
During the Obama Administration, the US, due to global warming, convinced every Nation in the world to both explore and implement as many non-fossil fuel alternatives as possible. The impact of this reduced petroleum consumption started to affect OPEC Nations. With increasing use of Solar Energy worldwide, oil prices dropped to $150 and in 2014 to $110 per barrel. Continued expansion of domestic production and Solar Energy applications and OPEC Nations squabbling over production levels have led to a worldwide glut of crude petroleum and pricing around $50 per barrel. While the price vacillates on a daily basis, the glut remains.
According to Gas Buddy, the pump price for gas in most of the eastern two-thirds of the US is less than $2.00 per gallon for regular gas. Prices as low as $1.70 per gallon are common. Florida has multiple refined petroleum product pipelines and several seaports that receive refined products, so supply is not an issue. The price of crude petroleum has oscillated, but remains about as low as it has been, so crude pricing is not an issue.
Neither the Federal Government, the State of Florida nor Hamilton, Columbia and Suwannee Counties have raised gas taxes recently, so taxes are not the issue. So why are gas prices in Hamilton, Columbia and Suwannee drifting up. It’s simple! The Red-face Ratt and his “Cousins” have decided to increase their gouging of customers. All the Ratt and his “Cousins” care about is “How much of your Money they can use to line their pockets”. The Ratt and his “Cousins” are a bunch of unethical money loving scoundrels. They control distribution and retail pricing in the three county region as a way to put the screws to YOU> Not a single one can be trusted any farther than you can throw them.
There are a couple of things you can do. Report every gouging incident to officials in Tallahassee and broadcast it every one on social media. For instance, Love’s charges $0.60 per gallon more for premium than regular. That my friend is gouging. On the flip side, start letting everyone know where the lowest gas prices exist and purchase your gas there.
Try Valdosta, regular is available for $1.87; Walmart’s Murphy is about $1.99. These may change daily, but keep the pressure on every “Gouger” and the prices will drop. And if you want a more permanent end to the Ratt’s behavior, your opporunity is coming soon at the ballot box. Identify and support TWO honest, competent caring and hard working Candidates and help them get elected. Put the Ratt and his “Gang” away by reporting their illicit activities to the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000.