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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

The world is crazy
'Iraqis Paying 5 Cents a Gallon for Gas', you might not see anything extrange in that header because, as you can imagine, all petrol producer countries have really low gas prices, specially when their incomes are small as they are in this MidEastern country. The problem appears when you read the article.

It begins with this shocking sentence:
'While Americans are shelling out record prices for fuel, Iraqis pay only about 5 cents a gallon for gasoline — a benefit of hundreds of millions of dollars subsidies bankrolled by American taxpayers.'
Come on, you are taking their petrol for free and you have destroyed every infrastructure in the country, do you really think it's cheap for then? They could get it almost free if you'd let them control their resources.

Another sentence that caught my atention was:
'The cheap fuel is spurring unsustainable demand, promoting wasteful use of energy and transportation, and squandering Iraq's oil output that might otherwise be exported, Cordesman said'
It's kinda ironic to hear that from an American, the country that has denied signing the Kyoto Protocol, the country which support a sanguinary and feudal monarchy in Saudi Arabia because they provide the petrol the US needs to keep the obsolete steel and electricity industry and, last but not least, the country that has 'illegally' invaded another country, also ruled by a sanguinary dictator, so every American mother can take their children to school in one of those 'ecological' SUVs.

The rest of the article cries that the Iraqui petrol industry only serves 2M barrels/day when in 1991 it could produce near 5M and shows some comments collected among iraqui taxi drivers, but it forgets that the main problem the US has rebuilding the petrol industry is that they have taken American equipment, American engineers and American supply parts although almost every plant in Iraq uses European equipment, which is in most of the cases inconpatible with American standars.

Greetings to Jim Craine (Associated Press) for providing us this example of the hypocrisy and lack of rigor of some journalist when they cover a conflict like this one.

You can read the whole article here
Thanks to Mike for sending me the link
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