Richard Olivastro

Gas prices have been heading down.  That’s the right direction.

AAA reports the “average price per gallon is below $2.00 in 30 states”.  That’s a good sign.

If the price decline levels off closer to one dollar per gallon, Americans will know that the industry and foreign suppliers have regained their collective senses; and the speculators have been routed out. 

But, one wonders if the industry soothsayers - while saying “it is certainly feasible to see prices of 1.60 to $1.70 in the next few weeks” – would really prefer a brake to the price drop, that consumers feel is, to them, a needed break.

At the peak, Americans were paying well over $4.00 per gallon on average nationally. This week, the average price per gallon is running just under $2.00.  As a result, consumers are starting to feel like they can breathe again.

Despite the current gas price relief, growing numbers of Americans remain wary of domestic gasoline supply, gas prices, and fear for their economic future.  They are wary of the OPEC nations, who can throttle supply on political whim; and, they fear that, should they lose their job, how will they be able to buy food, gas, and pay for their home. 

Their worry is understandable.  Perhaps, it is also wise - if their worry serves as a catalyst for demanding specific action by elected officials.

Consider this:

While growing numbers of Americans are overwhelmed with worry, politicians in Congress continue to fiddle with the oil reality while the American economy burns up. 

So-called liberal incumbent’s ‘stuck in the mud thinking’ keeps our nation exposed to foreign manipulation of oil supplies.  If the American people do not, somehow, drag elected officials out of their muddy thinking now, the economic deterioration not only  will continue – it will accelerate. 

So, what to do? 

America’s citizens should demand real change regarding oil policy by officials – elected or appointed – at every government level. 

The people’s dictum: ‘Stop all political games; Start domestic drilling now – inland and offshore’.

That immediate announcement, and prompt drilling implementation, will help ensure the continuing decrease in the price of gasoline at the pump, as well as other petroleum derivative products; and, by taking that action, the United States begins to grow oil independence, and strengthens national security, while shoring up our domestic economy. 

Richard Olivastro

Richard Olivastro is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, president of People Dynamics, an executive leadership development company, and founder of Citizens For Change.
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