The Week Magazine, they often excerpt the opinions of the most well-known pundits around the country on a single issue. A few weeks ago, the issue was gas prices. There were quotes from famous pundits from NationalReview.com, NationalJournal.com, The New York Times, The Post, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post.
Lots of talk about the cause of high gas prices. But not one word about OPEC!
you ever been to a family gathering where people talk about everything
except the trumpeting elephant in the middle of the room?
is a large enough cartel that its output determines the world price of
oil. If they agree among each other to lower their collective
production, oil becomes scarce on the world market and prices rise. When
discussing the rising price of oil, it would be understandable if every once in awhile someone didn't mention OPEC. But for all of them to talk about everything but OPEC seems surreal.
sure there are many reasons why such an obvious cause is not being
addressed, but one of these days we're going to have to come out and say
it. I've been wondering why all these well-informed and well-respected
pundits did not mention OPEC or the Open Fuel Standard. Here are some
1. Oil companies advertise in newspapers
and magazines. I know of at least one direct intervention by an oil
company to block public knowledge of an alternative fuel (read about it here).
So I suppose it's possible this is happening routinely, and any stories
that might mention the bare facts of the issue might not make it into
2. Oil companies have also spent a lot of money
publicizing information about alternative fuels that makes it appear
unattractive or unworthy of considering, and perhaps they've done such a
good job trying to complicate and confuse the issue that these pundits
really and truly have no idea OPEC is the wizard behind the curtain.
I'm sure there are more possibilities. What do you think?