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Re: You are not alone
      Thu Sep 01 2005 07:40 PM

Another thing that surprises me now is reading apocalypse scenarios if the price of gas goes to 4$ a gallon (which is probably what will happen). For instance things like this :

" America is over. America is like Wile E. Coyote after he's run out a few paces past the edge of the cliff he'll take a few more steps in midair before he looks down. Then, when he sees that there's nothing under him, he'll fall. Many Americans suspect that they're running on thin air, but they haven't looked down yet. When they do ...
Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, a pillar of the Establishment with access to economic information beyond our reach, wrote recently: "Circumstances seem to me as dangerous and intractable as any I can remember. ... What really concerns me is that there seems to be so little willingness or capacity to do anything about it" (quoted in The Economist, April 16, p.12). Volcker chooses words carefully: "dangerous and intractable," "willingness or capacity." He's saying: The situation is probably beyond our powers to remedy.
Gas prices can only go up. Oil production is at or near peak capacity. The U.S. must compete for oil with China, the fastest-growing colossus in history. But the U.S. also must borrow $2 billion a day to remain solvent, nearly half of that from China and her neighbors, while they supply most of our manufacturing ("Benson's Economic and Market Trends," quoted in Asia Times Online) so we have no cards to play with China, even militarily. (You can't war with the bankers who finance your army and the factories that supply your stores.) China now determines oil demand, and the U.S. has no long-term way to influence prices. That means $4 a gallon by next spring, and rising $5, then $6, probably $10 by 2010 or thereabouts. Their economy can afford it; ours can't. We may hobble along with more or less the same way of life for the next dollar or so of hikes, but at around $4 America changes. Drastically."

We in old Europe over here are living with prices around 6 to 6.5$ a gallon ... I know that the US who represent 6% of the world population consume more or less 25% of the world energy ( which explains why the "American Way of Life" is not exportable to the rest of the world ) but I can hardly imagine that a price of 4$ a gallon would wipe out the economy (although I agree on some other points stated there) ?

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* You are not alone Old European Thu Sep 01 2005 07:40 PM
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. * * Re: You are not alone DebbiePSL   Thu Sep 01 2005 01:27 PM
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