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<<<Springtex,
Here is another article on the problem:>>>

Yep, if you enjoy reading that kind of bunk, Becky, there are, and always have been, plenty of sources. They cranked that stuff out by hand, even, way back before word-processors and copy machines and the 'net made it so easy to distribute.

One has to wonder who supports all that effort, doesn't one? It couldn't be the poor, who can't afford their fuel bills--by definition they couldn't afford to support it. And it couldn't be anyone who actually cares about the poor and their fuel bills, because they would be supporting anything that enhanced supply and, first, stopped the rolling blackouts, then took the upward pressure off the price. So who could it be? And what could be their real agenda?

This matter of contention about the appropriate level of governmental involvement in energy markets has a very long history. It would be good if everyone who becomes interested in the subject would get as well-acquainted with that history--the economics of it as well as the legal and legislative battles that have been fought. It will be a shame, indeed, if all that history has to be repeated, when the cost of all that effort could be directed at providing product where it is needed.

Meanwhile, for some good reading about life in a country that has abundant natural resources but quite a different history than ours, may I suggest "Siberian Dawn" by Jeffrey Tayler. Find this book at http://www.amazon.com

/s/ S.T.

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