Bryan and I had a spirited discussion over rising gas costs at lunch today. When I say “spirited,” I mean “Bryan explaining things that have more than two syllables to Aimee.”
But in truth, we both don’t really get it.
First of all, let’s put this right out on the table. I am pissed of as the rest of you at paying over $4.00 per gallon. But I also am of the camp who is not really surprised, knows people in other countries have paid similar for years, and also is secretly loving the shift in focus to more environmentally-sound thinking.
At the same time: WHAT THE FUCK?
Now, I don’t claim to understand the economy, and I didn’t really think the gas windfall tax was the solution, but in some ways, I appreciated that at least someone was waving their hands at Big Oil and saying “Wooo hooo! We see you! What the HELL is up with all that money you are making right now???”
I mean, how much money do people really need?
As Guy Kawasaki tweeted this week, the gap between CEOs and the average worker has increased enough to make my head explode. And apparently the guy in this animation as well. In 1970, a CEO earned 28 times what Average Joe did. Now? 465 times. FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE TIMES.
I repeat, how much money does a person NEED?
Which brings me back to the gas thing.
I kinda see how these companies are screwed. I mean, they built their companies, and now, unless the ANWR assholes get their way, they are backed into a corner. Limited supply. So why not make the money while there is money to be made? And if they reinvest the money into another source, do R&D, say, on renewable energy, stuff that won’t see a profit for a while, their shareholders will get pissed and take their money elsewhere, giving them less money to do stuff with.
I am not being entirely facetious. This does suck.
So, why not just make the money, be happy, and screw everybody else? It seems to be working.
And we have no choice but to smile and say, “Thank you sir, may I have another?”