While energy prices have been climbing steadily upward recently, one has to wonder why the Obama Administration is so vehemently opposed to issuing new oil drilling permits.
One possible answer is that Obama is following in the footsteps of his liberal predecessor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt who employed artificial scarcity as a means to keep food prices high in the 1930's.
As FDR's Secretary of Agriculture, Henry Wallace (and others) used the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to create scarcity in the food markets when "the federal government bought 6 million hogs in 1933 alone and destroyed them. Huge amounts of farm produce were plowed under, in order to keep it off the market and maintain prices at the officially fixed level, and vast amounts of milk were poured down the sewers for the same reason. Meanwhile, many American children were suffering from diseases caused by malnutrition." I suppose that they thought the ends justified the means.
Columnist Erick Erickson offers up his thoughts on why Obama and those he surrounds himself with are supposedly cheering recent events in the energy markets...
"There are two reasons gas prices must go up. The first is to get people into coal powered cars. Coal powered cars can only be driven around 40 miles before they must be plugged back into the grid for more coal power. If everyone moves to coal powered cars, the drivers will be forced to live closer to cities.
Living closer to cities will increase urban density and decrease the supposedly anti-environmental impact of strip mall exurban utopias. In the liberal reorganization of society, only farmers should live in rural areas.
Once urban density is increased to European levels, then Barack Obama and the left can finally make a viable case for high-speed rail. There are, after all, two things high-speed rail supporters admit they need for viability: (1) high urban density and (2) high gas prices. Hmmm . . .
See, it is not a conspiracy on Barack Obama’s part. There is no secret. This President and those he surrounds himself with actively want high gas prices. They either do not care or are oblivious to the fact that high gas prices will wreak further havoc on the economy.
They look at Europe with its high gas prices and high-speed trains and they see nirvana. They willfully ignore the high rate of unemployment among the young, bankrupted social welfare programs, and growing immigrant slums.
These people are not fools. They want a world where we all live in big cities and use the sun and wind to run our lives — a return to the 14th century with 21st century hygiene. To get that to happen, gas prices must go up.
Barack Obama does not care about what is happening in the Middle East. He does not care about the cost to you to fill up your car with gas. Because the more you pay through Mid-East turmoil and inaccessible American oil deposits, the sooner his future of coal powered cars and high-speed trains can arrive."
I'm not saying Erickson is positively correct, but I would be interested as to any alternative theories as to why this administration wants to see energy prices so high.
EDIT: Who knew? Gay Gas! HA!