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Who do you blame most for the sharp increase in fuel prices?

OPEC and other oil producers 16% 91 votes
Oil companies 13% 75 votes
The Bush administration 36% 199 votes
Commodities speculators 23% 129 votes
Consumers 8% 46 votes
No one 2% 12 votes
Total Votes: 552

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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June 10, 2008
5:05 a.m.

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coachmike ( coachmike ) says...

This country is heading for an economical disaster in many areas, fuel prices, food,unemployement, increased welfare , etc. And if the government does not do something about it, considering they are responcible this country will suffer the consequences. Remember if a country does not honor God, God will not honor this country and with all the abuses this country is comitting,abortion, gay marriages, etc...dont expect anything good to come from it.

June 10, 2008
10:14 p.m.

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DarkStar607 ( DarkStar607 ) says...

Not only did vice prez Cheney and his buddies get richer, as well as GW... Al Queda got what they wanted. For Americans to feel like the people in middle eastern countries... Poor & Scared... Lets hope Sen. Obama is not as much of a loser as Sen Kerry was or Vice Prez Gore was... I hope the democrats have learned to put up better people for president...

June 11, 2008
11:39 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

Coach-what a simplistic approach to a complex problem…God is Punishing us? When people don’t want to take responsibility for their actions they come up with answers like that. I am fairly certain that neither abortion nor gay marriage has anything to do with rising gas and food prices. I would like to give God a little more credit than that.
Also unemployment and welfare is an effect of a system, not a cause. Corporate greed (ie moving their companies over seas to save money) is the direct cause of people losing their jobs (unemployment & welfare). We need to place blame where the blame lies and stop blaming poor uneducated people for not being able to fight the system that none of us can seem to get through.
Another problem this country is facing is lack of education. Everyone with a computer and a microphone has an opinion about everything. Unfortunately often opinions are made based on others lies or misinformation. A house built without a foundation is going to fall down. People need to check facts from reliable sources in order to base an opinion on something.

June 11, 2008
7:27 p.m.

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KDReynolds ( KDReynolds ) says...

What I found most intriguing about this poll is that it omitted as a possible cause of high oil prices the one entity that most experts in the field agree has done the most to drive up the total cost of energy to US consumers: CONGRESS. Were it not for Congress' intransigence over the past 20+ years in permitting US companies to drill for oil in US territory or territorial waters -- remember "ANWAR" and the Gulf of Mexico (where it seems that everybody, Cuba, the ChiComs, Sean Penn's and Danny Glover's friend Chavez of Venezuela, and all EXCEPT the US is drilling)? -- the speculators would not have been ABLE to continue driving up the cost of oil. Added to that, Congressional opposition has been the primary reason that not one new refinery has been built in the US in the past 25 years, further escalating the cost to consumers of automotive/truck fuel and of heating oil. (Oh, but I forgot to give Penn and Glover's friend Chavez credit for "giving home heating oil away to the poor in New England" which seems wonderful until you realize that he in fact had stolen it from the producers in the first place -- no wonder why Sean and Danny love him so much -- right out of the Socialists' play book!) Finally, the total cost of energy to US consumers is also substantially higher than it need be because of CONGRESS' paranoia over the use of nuclear power. It's really telling when one considers that over 70% of France's power generation comes from clean and safe nuclear power where in the US that figure is less than 25% and there hasn't been a single commercial nuclear facility licensed in the US for over 30 years. With modern, safe nuclear generation facilities in the mix, more fossil fuels, including oil, that must presently be diverted to electricity generation would be available to meet transportation and home heating needs. And oh, by the way, nuclear power generation does not generate "greenhouse gases" while running your refrigerator or energizing your compact fluorescent bulbs! Every single US citizen, rich and poor alike, is paying dearly for the incompetence of CONGRESS and it'll only continue to get worse as long as CONGRESS sees everyone getting blamed but them, the actual root causes for the problem. So keep on blaming the president and keep on driving up to the pump and paying $4.10, $4.75, $5.60 -- when are you going to realize that the problem isn't going to be fixed by Obama or McCain or anybody else as long as you continue to send the same idiots to the House of Representatives and the Senate year after year?

 

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