Ouch, why is it always the oil industry that's bad? People are happy to have their goods delivered, their fields plowed, their personal transport available, along with the plastics that go into their personal communication devices, and of course they love going on holiday in the aircraft to foreign places.
Originally Posted by srl7741
OPEC is not the industry, it is a group of countries that got together to take control of their resources as they felt that they were being exploited by the West (which looking back they probably were) much the same as a lot of people in the US are demanding the government should do today with the oil being produced. Gas prices in Europe are so high because governments take a large share of it in taxes, which pays towards the social services etc. being provided in those countries. In the US the government also makes money by taxing the gas you use, not so much as Europe, but enough, then certain States add another tax, causing the price to fluctuate from State to State. Finding oil is not easy, drilling several miles into the earth doesn't in areas where the majority of people would not want to go, come cheap and not every well drilled hits oil it is not like they go out and say we will drill here and get oil, it doesn't work that way. Yes oil companies make profit; they invest money into finding oil, contractors and oil companies spend money developing equipment, building the capability to drill deep into the subsurface, invest in computers to make them fast, improve their graphics and find good use for the Terabytes of storage.
Move on to the carriers, they put up cell towers, and then find ways to sting the consumer, but in the end we (the consumer) enjoy the benefits of what they provide, can we do without instant access to the web, Yes, do we want to NO. So the only way to break the control of the carriers is to open up to competition. Have you looked at the number of taxes that you pay on your cell phone bill? Why do they do this, because they can, and they love the enormous profits that go in their pockets.
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