This photograph was taken today at the foot of Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.
The price of regular is now $3.87 and high test is $4.07--what Cape Cod will most likely be paying next year.
Too bad the rich folks who own the local media here and on the Cape aren't supporting renewable energy for their readers and fellow citizens, and if you don't think this is what's causing the current increase in the foreclosure rate, you're simply burying your head in the sand.
Maybe when the bottom falls out of the tourism market on Cape Cod, our local Chamber of Commerce might even wake up to the vital necessity of supporting rather than opposing the nation's first offshore renewable energy wind farm on Nantucket Sound.
It is simply amazing how our "leaders" are kowtowing to King Kennedy.
Most of my fellow Cape Codders have yet to recognize the catastrophic effect soaring energy prices will have on their lives.
If they did, an angry mob would be storming the Kennedy Compound as you read these words.
For it is our infamously famous "environmental" US Senator Ted Kennedy and his Osterville oil baron buddies who are denying Massachusetts the chance to lead the nation to a brighter, economically sound renewable energy future.
Follow the money
That most eminent of mystery writers, Agatha Christie, always had her sleuths "follow the money" when seeking the villain at large.
Ask yourselves, dear readers, who benefits most from soaring energy prices?
Like British Petroleum (BP) which today posted a last quarter profit of over 30% higher, literally $80 millions dollars a day profit for a commodity over which America has no control.
Then there are the neighbors and co-conspirators of Senator Kennedy like Bill Koch of Oxford Energy and Doug Yearley of Phelps-Dodge. These two have contributed and/or assisted in raising millions to stop Cape Wind's project in Nantucket Sound.
Not to protect Ted Kennedy's and their views, but to stop America's first offshore renewable energy project which, if allowed to flourish, might slow and even end their oily grasp on our nation's economy.
Mister Kennedy, and his errand boys, Congressman William Delahunt and State Senator Robert O'Leary, will tell you "it's the principle, not the money."
Whenever anyone says that, you may rest assured, it's always the money.