Wednesday, June 06, 2007

So Much For Living In A Freakin' Desert

There's finally some good news for those of us concerned about the falling price of gasoline: A major tropical cyclone (that's what hurricanes in the Indian Ocean are called) is headed towards the Strait of Hormuz. That's the narrow passage at the lower end of the Persian Gulf through which virtually all the oil tankers that come out of the middle east have to pass.

Cyclone Gonad, or whatever the hell it's called, has already forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in Oman. A major oil loading port in that country has also shut down. The storm is also threatening Iran.

This also raises serious questions about the effectiveness of Tehran's nuclear deterrent.

Further down the road, Gonad will no doubt cause politicians in the United States to trip over one another as they call for investigations of price fixing by the big oil companies. This is only fair, of course, since big oil controls the world's weather.

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