Several atmospheric conditions came together which was described by the National
Weather Service as the “perfect storm.” This monster of a storm sunk
the Andrea Gail along with her captain, Captain Billy Tyne ... Hollywood even
made a movie starring George Clooney.
The reason why I ask if Katrina is our ’perfect storm’ is because
the oil industry took one on the nose when many refineries were hit by this
* This past June the FX channel aired a ’docu-drama’ depicting
this very scenario ... it depicts Port Fourchon (Louisiana) being hit by a category
4 hurricane, knocking out our oil supply.
It then had a domino effect in which it affected rising oil prices, raising
food prices (related to trucking and transportation costs), job losses and tempers
flared ... which gave birth to riots. As this oil distribution catastrophe lingered,
there was massive loss of life ... those living in northern cities such as Chicago
were unable to heat their homes.
I would have to say that the movie was pretty prophetic. Even then, as I watched
it, I could not wrap my brain around such an event happening here.
But, Mother Nature had her own plans.
According to the AFP “At least 20 oil rigs and platforms are missing
out in the Gulf of Mexico and a ruptured gas pipeline is on fire after Hurricane
Katrina tore through the region.” This is devastating not only to gasoline
prices, but as described in the movie “Oil Storm” the price of food
and other goods we consume ... the trucking industry, I fear, may be crippled
Also “a total of 561 platforms and rigs have been evacuated in the Gulf
of Mexico, which accounts for a quarter of US oil production.” This does
not bode well for America, especially when our country relies too heavily on
automobiles as our main source of transportation. We missed the boat entirely
when it came to concentrating on mass transportation. After World War II America
gave birth to suburbs where stores and businesses were not within walking distance
as well as the businesses where many people worked. There were no real plans
implemented to move people around their communities by trains or buses.
America wanted freedom ... and that meant freedom to own a car and thus our
consumption of oil escalated. In the county where I live, there is no bus service
on Sundays ... people shop and work on that day ... yet no bus service?
According to Princeton University geology professor Kenneth Deffeyes "it
may be too late to plan” when it concerns alternative energy means. As
I read the article “Will the oil run out? Will we be ready?” in
which John Wood states "ee don’t want the world oil peak to sneak
up on us," I wonder what his thoughts are of a massive storm hitting the
coast of Louisiana disrupting distribution.
In the same article a passage by David Morehouse caught my attention: "If
things get bad enough, and somebody gets desperate enough ... an oil peak scenario
could lead to war.”
Will an oil-supply disruption give the Bush administration carte blanche
to invade Venezuela?
I know some of you may say that it is paranoid thinking, but, as of late, relations
between our country and Venezuela are strained. US Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice said “We just don’t like him” (meaning President Hugo
Chavez). While some have thought President Chavez’ assertions that his
life was in danger was also ’paranoid thinking’ ... enter Pat Robertson.
Bush stated today “our citizens must understand this storm has disrupted
the capacity to make gasoline and distribute gasoline" and then went on
to say "this recovery will take a long time ... this recovery will take
Does America have that amount of patience especially if gasoline prices
continue to rise as well as the prices of other goods we use on a daily basis?
Will it become an “Us versus Them” scenario?
Right now the support of the war in Iraq is down because the $ billions we
are spending over there can be best used right here in our own country. When
I think of the $ billions that will be needed to clean up this storm ravaged
region on top of the billions spent for this war ... it is mind boggling.
Many within this country are also abhorred at the massive loss of lives over
As I have reported in a past article “Message to US president George
W. Bush: Don’t mess with Venezuela” oil executives have carved up
the profits made from Iraqi oil. Could it be that we do not see more mass demonstrations
is because secretly we are saying “We need that oil”? Or ... “we
are entitled to it for our own self-interest”
* I am left wondering if the confluence of events that have taken place during
these past few days -- which will lead into weeks, months and as Bush said “years
to recover” -- will the patience of America wear thin?
As it stands right now, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez Frias has offered
us aid through oil ... but that is not being widely broadcast.
So, can this become America’s “Perfect Storm” scenario where
we will allow our government to invade Venezuela and take their oil fields as
we did in Iraq?
Some may state that this is ’paranoid thinking’ ... but with this
administration’s track record for telling the truth and the arrogance
they show, I would not put it past them.
* Will our congress vote for this one too, and will America support such an
Only time will tell ... meanwhile, pay attention to the signals of aggression
that are being sent out by this Bush administration.