On February 7th, I wrote about gas prices that had risen about 40 cents over a few weeks to $3.39 a gallon. Today, on February 15th the gas prices are $3.59 a gallon. Are you $%!?@$#$%?!@$%$!! kidding me??!! What the heck is going on?
That is it! I am officially in full-blown protest mode.
How can it be that our state – North Dakota, which has sold off so much of who we are as a state for the sake of increasing U.S. oil reserves – cannot do more about either stabilizing or reducing the price of gas locally? These rising gas prices are adding insult to injury.
Here’s a thought – how about our legislators taking action to ensure that North Dakotans get some relief from gas prices? Where is the benefit for the burden the state is bearing? The only up-side to the oil boom in Western North Dakota is money. But that money came at a pretty hefty cost – one cannot help but wonder if North Dakota’s way of life will suffer irreparable harm.
Alas, there is no turning back time – the oil patch is here to stay for many, many years into the future. The best case scenario is that the infrastructure and housing catch up quickly with the needs in the West. But make no mistake about it, Western North Dakota as we knew it pre-boom will not be back – at least not until many years after the oil is gone (and likely not even then). It certainly won’t be in my lifetime.
As such, the least the citizens of North Dakota should get is some relief from the devil that its soul was sold to…at the least we should get some break in regard to erratic gas prices. Is this really too much to ask?
Well, I don’t give a rat’s fanny if it is too much to ask! I am asking anyway! North Dakota Legislature – how about you stop worrying about how you can meddle your way into folks’ marriages and reproductive rights and spend some time focused on ways in which you can increase all citizens’ prosperity? For heaven’s sake – do something about these gas prices or give folks a hefty check to subsidize these costs. Isn’t that the least you can do for the citizens of North Dakota?
Day one thousand three hundred and nineteen of the new forty – obla di obla da