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2022-10-06 8:11:09 AM  
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2022-10-06 8:50:54 AM  
Not even $9.11
 
2022-10-06 8:54:58 AM  
But we built them their very own custom F-15, and no one else is going to want THAT interior.
 
2022-10-06 8:55:34 AM  
Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.
 
2022-10-06 9:07:30 AM  
But he's not even a democrat, you see...
 
2022-10-06 9:07:40 AM  
GLOBAL OIL PRICES ARE ALL BIDEN'S FAULT!

F$ck republicans.
 
2022-10-06 9:07:58 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.


well they did just get a new customer in Ukraine so perhaps they would play ball.
 
2022-10-06 9:08:38 AM  
also he said "and move aggressively to renewable energy", but that doesn't register in your testosterone addled brain?
 
2022-10-06 9:09:03 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: But we built them their very own custom F-15, and no one else is going to want THAT interior.


For the Saudis? That cockpit is fully lined with purple suede with gold instruments. New money Arabs always have terrible taste in decor.
 
2022-10-06 9:12:28 AM  
It's almost like Saudi and Russia would like to influence the midterms towards a more supportive US regime.  Wonder who they see as good for their interests?

We may never know...
 
2022-10-06 9:12:51 AM  
Nice 

NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.


The military objectively recognizes that alternative energy is a national security, not political issue.  Which is why the political right does everything they can to cut off funding that line of reasoning when they have the chance.  Could you imagine if the United States geopolitical goals didn't have to calculate the whims of countries like Saudi Arabia?  

Which is why the Sauds are raising prices shortly before the United States midterm. They need the forces of regression to continue to ascend in the United States.
 
MFK
2022-10-06 9:13:09 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.


I dunno. The saudis fired a direct shot INTO our bow. Hard to see the government just ignoring that. The WH has already blisteringly condemned the move and I don't think that a deliberate attempt to make gas prices higher in order to game the midterm elections is going to be met with anything besides hostility.
 
2022-10-06 9:13:50 AM  
This comment made me laugh. The cheapest pickup you can buy now is north of $30K, not a hybrid or EV. I would say $60K is close to the price of the average truck now. You can get a Bolt for less than this

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2022-10-06 9:14:19 AM  

Massa Damnata: also he said "and move aggressively to renewable energy", but that doesn't register in your testosterone addled brain?


Its impossible to move aggressively unless you're rolling coal. Thats just science.
 
2022-10-06 9:15:01 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.


There's military everywhere. The defense contractors won't be short of buyers.
 
2022-10-06 9:17:37 AM  

vudukungfu: Not even $9.11


And members of the Bin Laden family were flown out of the US while airports were in lock down.
 
2022-10-06 9:18:45 AM  

MFK: Hard to see the government just ignoring that.


Have you met our government?
 
2022-10-06 9:19:13 AM  

kindms: NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.

well they did just get a new customer in Ukraine so perhaps they would play ball.


Ukraine GDP: $200 billion or so
Saudi Arabia GDP: $1.6 TRILLION

I think I spy the problem with your logic - even though they're currently engaged in hostilities, I doubt Ukraine would buy 8x as much as SA would.

We've sent about $13 billion in aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded (PDF sauce), which is only slightly more than the $9 billion or so we've sold to the Saudis EVERY YEAR for a decade.

// also, IIRC we're SELLING that stuff to Saudi, but GIVING it to Ukraine
// not sure how that changes anything (guessing the defense contractors make the same profit whether they sell directly to a foreign government or to the USG who then gives it away; probably impacts the Federal budget harder if there is a difference)
 
2022-10-06 9:22:03 AM  
You know, it'd be nice not to be dependent on other countries for our gas. It's almost like renewable energy would strengthen the US's global position by making us independent of OPEC.
 
2022-10-06 9:22:55 AM  
Yeah,
Instead of lowering oil prices, raise them for short term gains. Then attempt to fight against the 'free market' demand for electric or alternative fuel cars/heating and power and drive the market into cars and things that don't involve YOUR Theocratic governments.

I don't think you though your cunning plan out. What's left? Tourism? See the sites along the Nile?
Would have been nice, but as a gay couple Saudi and the Middle East isn't a place where we want to be headed.
 
2022-10-06 9:23:29 AM  

Zizzowop: This comment made me laugh. The cheapest pickup you can buy now is north of $30K, not a hybrid or EV. I would say $60K is close to the price of the average truck now. You can get a Bolt for less than this

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I like all the people desperately holding on to the myth that we don't produce oil in the US.
 
2022-10-06 9:23:59 AM  

Zizzowop: This comment made me laugh. The cheapest pickup you can buy now is north of $30K, not a hybrid or EV. I would say $60K is close to the price of the average truck now. You can get a Bolt for less than this

[Fark user image 850x432]


It's not like you automagically get oil or gas when you drill a hole in the ground deep enough..
Sometimes you do..Sometimes you don't...Sometimes what comes out isn't enough to justify the cost of
keeping the pump, pumping to bring it up..And it doesn't all just happen overnight. It can take a while
to get a well to the point that your actually pumping up something beside maybe some water..
The Earth isn't like a keg you just tap and get stuff out of..
 
2022-10-06 9:24:32 AM  
And now more people will spend October/early November going "Man, I really like having democratic elections....but gas is now 4.05 instead of 3.25. Dammit both sides, better vote for cheaper gas prices"
 
2022-10-06 9:25:18 AM  
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2022-10-06 9:25:49 AM  

MFK: NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.

I dunno. The saudis fired a direct shot INTO our bow. Hard to see the government just ignoring that. The WH has already blisteringly condemned the move and I don't think that a deliberate attempt to make gas prices higher in order to game the midterm elections is going to be met with anything besides hostility.


Were you alive 21 years ago?  When America ignored any Saudi connection to a recent event
 
2022-10-06 9:25:53 AM  

empres77: [Fark user image 850x478]


Crap! Wrong thread :(
 
2022-10-06 9:26:30 AM  

Stargazer86: You know, it'd be nice not to be dependent on other countries for our gas. It's almost like renewable energy would strengthen the US's global position by making us independent of OPEC.


Yeah but oil companies would lose a few bucks and to republicans, that's all that matters.
 
2022-10-06 9:27:07 AM  
Wait.  What?  We on Earth are we giving money to Saudi Arabia's military?!

Not only are they one of the richest countries on the planet, but they farking financed the events on 9/11!!

What the actual FARK?!

Seriously...  We need to put an end to our dependance on foreign oil anyway.  Just farking stop it already.
 
2022-10-06 9:29:51 AM  
Put me with the rest of the people wondering why the fark we are giving these guys money....
 
2022-10-06 9:29:57 AM  
This is how evil reacts when it is denied.

Putin uses his military to destabilize the world, the Saudi's are asserting dominance in their own way.

You have to look at things from their perspective to truly understand, though.  The last US president was their stooge, they could get him to act however they wanted, from treacherous statements about believing the Russians over his own intelligence agencies to laying hands on some goofy Palantír for their own amusement, they were in the driver's seat.  Dance, monkey, dance!

Now they have to go back to a world where they don't hold the leash and they don't like it.
 
2022-10-06 9:29:58 AM  
Gasoline is over $5 a gallon here and oversized V10 SUVs are still selling to suburban soccer moms like hotcakes. Maybe ween off the foreign oil teet and let the supply and demand curves work themselves out?
 
MFK
2022-10-06 9:30:11 AM  

NewportBarGuy: MFK: Hard to see the government just ignoring that.

Have you met our government?


That's a pretty pithy response.

The current administration is basically "can't stop, won't stop" when it comes to levying sanctions on Russia so I'm not sure what makes you think that they will ignore a direct attack on our economy made in concert with Russia.
 
2022-10-06 9:30:17 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: GLOBAL OIL PRICES ARE ALL BIDEN'S FAULT!

F$ck republicans.


Biden could not suck royal dick in this case.
 
2022-10-06 9:30:18 AM  

empres77: empres77: [Fark user image 850x478]

Crap! Wrong thread :(


...still funny...
 
MFK
2022-10-06 9:30:50 AM  

spongeboob: MFK: NewportBarGuy: Their military would sputter and die without access to U.S. parts and contractors. They could switch over to another supplier, sure... but I think Russia might be a little busy right now to produce anything for them.

France would probably supply them, but you can't just swap out your entire arsenal overnight.

This is the way to leverage them.

Of course, the defense contractors own Congress so this will NEVER F*CKING HAPPEN.

Nice to dream, though.

I dunno. The saudis fired a direct shot INTO our bow. Hard to see the government just ignoring that. The WH has already blisteringly condemned the move and I don't think that a deliberate attempt to make gas prices higher in order to game the midterm elections is going to be met with anything besides hostility.

Were you alive 21 years ago?  When America ignored any Saudi connection to a recent event


You mean when Republicans were in charge?
 
2022-10-06 9:31:18 AM  

MFK: NewportBarGuy: MFK: Hard to see the government just ignoring that.

Have you met our government?

That's a pretty pithy response.

The current administration is basically "can't stop, won't stop" when it comes to levying sanctions on Russia so I'm not sure what makes you think that they will ignore a direct attack on our economy made in concert with Russia.


I've seen up close and personal where our true allegiances lie. I stand by my pithy response.
 
2022-10-06 9:31:51 AM  
Congressional Republicans will be falling all over themselves to protect Saudi interests now. One hand washes the other, and driving up gas prices prior to midterms is a nice favor.
 
2022-10-06 9:31:54 AM  
durbnpoisn: Wait.  What?  We on Earth are we giving money to Saudi Arabia's military?!

Not only are they one of the richest countries on the planet, but they farking financed the events on 9/11!!

What the actual FARK?!

Seriously...  We need to put an end to our dependance on foreign oil anyway.  Just farking stop it already.

Why do you hate the soldiers.
 
MFK
2022-10-06 9:31:59 AM  

NewportBarGuy: MFK: NewportBarGuy: MFK: Hard to see the government just ignoring that.

Have you met our government?

That's a pretty pithy response.

The current administration is basically "can't stop, won't stop" when it comes to levying sanctions on Russia so I'm not sure what makes you think that they will ignore a direct attack on our economy made in concert with Russia.

I've seen up close and personal where our true allegiances lie. I stand by my pithy response.


Ok then
 
2022-10-06 9:32:14 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Zizzowop: This comment made me laugh. The cheapest pickup you can buy now is north of $30K, not a hybrid or EV. I would say $60K is close to the price of the average truck now. You can get a Bolt for less than this

[Fark user image 850x432]

I like all the people desperately holding on to the myth that we don't produce oil in the US.


Not only that but the OPEC "cuts" aren't nearly as drastic as they sound on paper.

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2022-10-06 9:32:15 AM  
Decidedly not a Bernie Bro. But well said, Bernie. Loved every word of that.
 
2022-10-06 9:32:24 AM  

Stargazer86: You know, it'd be nice not to be dependent on other countries for our gas. It's almost like renewable energy would strengthen the US's global position by making us independent of OPEC.


Isn't like 85 percent of US oil from within the US?
When OPEC lowers production doesn't that oil cost more to the consumers?
When OPEC lowers production does that raise the cost to procedure oil for US suppliers?

So when OPEC lowers production doesn't that make US oil more profitable?

So who benefits more when OPEC lowers production OPEC countries or non OPEC nations who produce oil and can supply increased demand at increased prices?
 
2022-10-06 9:33:29 AM  
with friends like Saudi Arabia who needs enemies
 
2022-10-06 9:33:42 AM  

GardenWeasel: HotWingConspiracy: Zizzowop: This comment made me laugh. The cheapest pickup you can buy now is north of $30K, not a hybrid or EV. I would say $60K is close to the price of the average truck now. You can get a Bolt for less than this

[Fark user image 850x432]

I like all the people desperately holding on to the myth that we don't produce oil in the US.

Not only that but the OPEC "cuts" aren't nearly as drastic as they sound on paper.

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That's no reason to continue giving them military aid. 9/11 - Never forget.
 
2022-10-06 9:33:59 AM  

durbnpoisn: Wait.  What?  We on Earth are we giving money to Saudi Arabia's military?!

Not only are they one of the richest countries on the planet, but they farking financed the events on 9/11!!

What the actual FARK?!

Seriously...  We need to put an end to our dependance on foreign oil anyway.  Just farking stop it already.


If it were part of a well defined, binding timeline that included stiff penalties for delays and sufficient money for cleanup at the end, I would fully support domestic oil drilling as phase one of getting America on the right track for renewable energy.

I'm also a fan of nuclear, but that's a WHOLE other can of worms :)
 
2022-10-06 9:34:58 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Gasoline is over $5 a gallon here and oversized V10 SUVs are still selling to suburban soccer moms like hotcakes. Maybe ween off the foreign oil teet and let the supply and demand curves work themselves out?


Maybe stop selling SUVs the size of mobile homes?  Can't recall seeing the right to drive a house enumerated in the Constitution.
 
2022-10-06 9:35:47 AM  

Marcos P: Put me with the rest of the people wondering why the fark we are giving these guys money....


Because we are the US, and we will subsidize anyone that produces oil for the privilege of being farked at the pump anyway.
 
2022-10-06 9:37:23 AM  
Hmmm, maybe not as significant as played up on CNN; does not seem to be affecting oil prices very much, in fact prices are down a tad.
 
2022-10-06 9:37:28 AM  

GardenWeasel: HotWingConspiracy: Zizzowop: This comment made me laugh. The cheapest pickup you can buy now is north of $30K, not a hybrid or EV. I would say $60K is close to the price of the average truck now. You can get a Bolt for less than this

[Fark user image 850x432]

I like all the people desperately holding on to the myth that we don't produce oil in the US.

Not only that but the OPEC "cuts" aren't nearly as drastic as they sound on paper.

[Fark user image 594x773]


Doesn't matter, if a camel farts near an oil rig in the middle east the futures market will use it as an excuse to raise the price $10 a barrel.
 
2022-10-06 9:38:58 AM  

spongeboob: When OPEC lowers production doesn't that oil cost more to the consumers?


The only thing that lowers the price of oil is what the traders at NYMEX decide to do with the price of oil.

If they feel a recession is coming, they will sell the sh*t out of futures contracts no matter what OPEC says about supply.

They also almost never adhere to their guidelines anyway.

Price is determined by guys in suits at a Bloomberg Terminal, not at the oil terminal.
 
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