But the falling price of a barrel of oil does concern me.
I was raised in Texas by an Oil and Gas man...It was a great life and that counts going through the 1980's when the price of a barrel of oil bottomed out. I remember friends' dads loosing their jobs and royalty checks on oil derricks that use to be in the thousands dropping to just pennies. It was a tough time, but oil and gas people are tough and Texans are even tougher....
This drop is different. There are countries out there now that NEED the price of oil to stay high - DANGEROUS countries. Countries that have shown they have no problem marching their armies onto someone else's soil. Russia.....Iran.....Venezuela. These are the big 3, but there are some smaller countries that would back these bad boys up - and bad boy not in a good way...
Oil is oil once you get it out of the ground, but is very different while its in the ground. Depending on the locale, it is EXPENSIVE to get it out of the ground - this is where Iran and Venezuela finds itself. In order to make money, they need a higher barrel price. Russia has based its entire economy on oil and we know how greedy they are - they want more - more money, more oil, more land, more control, more power.
It is not a good time in our economy to have a high gas price, but its not a good time in our National Security to have low oil prices.
What we as a country needs to do is no longer rely on foreign oil. We could do this within the next 5 years - less I bet if we were in a bind and the government backed off. Did you know that the US Military produces its own oil? How? Coal to oil. This country - the USA - has the largest coal deposits that if we turned it into oil would make our oil reserves larger than Saudi Arabia.
Imagine being able to tell OPEC to shove it....Imagine being able to fill the USA coffers with money from countries that are "friendlies". We would be able to take care of ourselves as well as offer a bit of security to Europe who fears Russia and the control they are trying to wield by threatening to turn off the spigot, so to speak.
Joe Biden has flat out said we will never use Coal for energy - making an electric coal fire plant - FINE you wiener, turn our coal to oil.... I am not a hard woman, I can compromise.
This is where I continue my harping on contacting your representatives. Tell them that producing our own oil from our own resources helps the economy by producing jobs and revenue, keeping prices low as well as protecting us a little in regards to National Security.
If gas breaks a buck, I fear for our safety....
Pray, Praise, Prepare