Letters To Congress – Pain At The Pump

April 10th, 2005

The Honorable Cathy McMorris
United States House of Representatives
1708 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4705
(202) 225-2006

Jeff Whiteside
[Contact Information Redacted]

Dear Honorable Cathy McMorris,

As a new resident of the State of Washington, I am writing to express deep concern over the rising cost of gasoline in our region. Based on consumer price indexing, standard inflationary rates generally increase prices about two percent per year. This sharp incline of petroleum prices have been rising at a rate exceeding over FIFTY PERCENT per annum. This price gouging is absolutely intolerable and needs to have something done about it immediately.

With the United States of America being a primary contributor and controlling faction of OPEC, I realize we have greater control over the price at the pump than is traditionally admitted. We are becoming less ignorant of what is really going on and more educated that a dollar at the pump means BILLIONS of dollars into the pockets of oil industry constituents. Supply and demand, in this case, does not follow traditional economic behaviors when the supply is heavily regulated to benefit those that control the supply.

If you are interested in what experts believe is happening with the world’s oil supply, I would highly recommend watching the well received documentary “End Of Suburbia: Oil Depletion And The Collapse Of The American Dream” for well-researched information regarding the “oil peak” that we will eventually face.

There are viable economic alternatives for fuel, such as Bio Diesel and hemp oil, which can be readily used in existing vehicles – costing a fraction of traditional petroleum. These technologies are available now, are both renewable and cleaner for our environment, are just as easy to distribute, and would highly benefit our local economies and farmers. Why, after over ten years of debate regarding alternative fuels, has nothing been done???

We are tired of all the lobbyists and big oil money influencing the decisions and opinions of our leaders and demand greater action! What is in their interest is NOT in our interest and we are waiting for someone to stand up and take action. As one of our great elected leaders, we hope that you will stand up for our interests and put a stop to the price gouging and immediately take action on alternative fuels.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any correspondence.


Jeff Whiteside

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