John Peeler: The Republican attack on Obama over gas prices at the pump is quite a strange line of attack from people who are incessantly demanding a return to untrammeled free markets. Do they really want Obama to impose price controls?
Brent Budowsky: Let’s challenge the speculative fever and vulture frenzy that threatens the Morning in America that is coming. The president should initiate a drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary twice, to burn the fear of God into the soul of speculators.
Ivan Eland: Could it be that the U.S. is not aggressively employing military power to ensure that it has oil supplies—as the Imperial Japanese did before and during World War II—but is instead using the threat of armed force to keep a thumb on the oil lifelines of other nations.
Robert Reich: Not a day goes by without Republicans decrying the budget deficit. But the biggest single reason for the yawning deficit is big money’s corruption of Washington.
Craig Williams: Libya actually has a special relationship to Californians and played an important role in our growth spurt during the 60’s and 70’s.
Georgianne Nienaber: Critical thinkers will ask the question. Why is BP sampling oil on August 30 while they maintain that there is no oil coming from MC252 (Macondo) in an August 26 press release? For those who have forgotten, there is an excellent time line of the disaster here.
Ellen Brown: North Dakota is the only state to be in continuous budget surplus since the banking crisis of 2008.
Lee Fang: As the Republican presidential candidates tour Iowa hoping to lock up the 2012 nomination, they will hear an assortment of questions on energy policy. Some of them will be planted by the oil and natural gas lobby to steer the candidates toward pro-Big Oil policies.
Robert Reich: This gusher is an embarrassment for an industry seeking to keep its $4 billion annual tax subsidy from the U.S. government, at a time when we’re cutting social programs to reduce the budget deficit.
Lee Fang: Koch along with Enron pioneered a number of complex financial products to leverage its privileged position in the energy industry.
Brent Budowsky: The one national leader who understood was a prophet without honor in a nation addicted to oil: President Jimmy Carter.
Tom Hayden: In his State of the Union address, President Obama opened a door through which the peace, labor and environmental movements should march, towards an energy future not dependent on resource wars.