I wrote an article about Iran's strategy in January to embargo European Union countries from receiving Iranian oil in retaliation for the EU ban on Iranian oil that would take effect in July. Maybe. Or August or sometime. The consequences were outlined at that time:

“Experts believe that once Iran’s oil embargo takes effect, there will be a surge in oil prices and Iran will definitely be one of the parties that will benefit from the rising prices. In fact, it is only Western countries that will be losers due to the oil price hike.”

One trip to the gas station today verifies this warning. On February 19th, Iran imposed an oil embargo on the United Kingdom and France. My first thought was what about Germany? After all Germany was instrumental in organizing this embargo. Does Germany not import oil from Iran?

German imports of crude oil from Syria and Iran fell last year while Europe’s biggest economy doubled its imports of the fuel from Iraq, the Berlin-based Economy Ministry said today in a report.

More information on German energy imports is shown at the end of this article.

Why is no one asking the obvious question twenty-four hours later? Germany is the key to the future of the European Union (or the Eurozone) and its future may be a German dominated confederation. But who controls Germany? Look no further than who controls energy in Europe today: Russia. Russia also has a tight leash on Iran with nuclear technology (at least for a little while longer), military defense systemsand defense treaties.

As our economy is drained by increased energy costs, what are our options? Saudi Arabia's oil production is falling instead of rising to offset demand. Or is it? Is demand actually rising as the world's economies are declining?

Here is a chart of January gasoline prices:

We are at a record high for the price of gas in January and there is no need to comment on the current price. But what if the prices are being manipulated?

Crude Oil Report: US Oil Demand Plunges To Lowest Since 1999, S. Su...

U.S. oil demand continues to plummet, but supply-side risks keep prices elevated.

The Department of Energy reported this morning that in the week ending Jan. 27 [2012], U.S. crude oil inventories increased by 4.2 million barrels, gasoline inventories increased by 3 million barrels, distillate inventories decreased by 0.1 million barrels, and total petroleum inventories increased by 8.4 million barrels.

Fortunately for the United States, our winter has been mild. Unfortunately for Europe, their winter has been severe and Russia has made it very clear who controls their energy. Who controls our energy production and costs? Our government understands that the key to controlling people is energy. The latest example is the Keystonepipeline from Canada to Texas that was rejected by the Obama administration. As gasoline is projected to reach $5.00 a gallon by summer, our options are becoming limited. The cost of food is increasing even faster than energy. A can of corn that was 50 cents 18 months ago is now $1.25. I guess it is a good time to be a terrorist (according to our government) who had the foresight to stock up on food for the past three years.

David DeGerolamo

German Oil Imports From Syria, Iran Fell Last Year

German imports of crude oil from Syria and Iran fell last year while Europe’s biggest economy doubled its imports of the fuel from Iraq, the Berlin-based Economy Ministry said today in a report.

Crude oil imports from Iran declined 45 percent to 821,000 tons, ranking it 15th among German suppliers. Imports from 9th- ranked Syria declined 42 percent to 1.57 million tons, the report said. Imports of crude oil from Iraq rose 50 percent to 759,000 tons from in 2010.

The report showed that Russia remained Germany’s biggest source of crude last year, increasing its exports to 35.2 million tons from 33.9 million tons. Germany’s total imports of crude oil last year declined 2.9 percent to 90.5 million tons, the report said.

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Comment by Karen Fraker on February 22, 2012 at 9:15pm

Newt did great tonight! I am so proud of him, let's now go forward and support him, he is so Presidental and on top of the issues who has the command of a  President! Go Newt!

Comment by Karen Fraker on February 22, 2012 at 11:12am

Obama sings "sweet home Chicago" on his website, I guess he is Physic? Cause that's where he's going!

President Obama Sings "Sweet Home Chicago"

Last night, as part of the PBS "In Performance at the White House" series, President Obama helped celebrate the history of Blues. The President even joined in with music legends like B.B. King and Mick Jagger to sing a couple measures of "Sweet Home Chicago."

Watch the President at the Red, White, & Blues event:

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog

Comment by Karen Fraker on February 21, 2012 at 8:16pm

Tea Party members, we need to go on poll sites and vote for Newt, and take any calls that is taking polls, all of these matter in the public eyes, because they put them on the news. Take the polls that are on the news, tweet and email everywhere you can get bumper stickers for Newt! Be proactive, we have to fight a lot harder then we did last election..........................................................................................

Comment by TaterSalad on February 21, 2012 at 1:24pm

Coming this summer in the United States......$5.00 per gallon gas! Thank you Barack Obama! Thank you for supporting your "green jobs agenda", wind mills and solar companies that went bankrupt while walking away from the Keystone Pipeline project that would have brought us oil/gas products from Canada.
<A href="http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-gas-prices-20120214,0,2776477.stor..." target=_blank>http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-gas-prices-20120...</A>;

Obama supporters, the Rockefellers ax the Keystone Pipeline Project: <A href="http://www.westernjournalism.com/rockefellers-played-critical-role-..." target=_blank>http://www.westernjournalism.com/rockefellers-pla...</A>;

If the above isn't bad enough, Barack Obama now is considering to give part of America's oil rich lands away: <A href="http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-gas-prices-20120214,0,2776477.stor..." target=_blank>http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-gas-prices-20120...</A>;

Comment by TaterSalad on February 21, 2012 at 1:24pm

ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC all are reporting that demand is very high to give "cover" for Obama's oil policy and high gas prices.

Comment by Jerold Ross on February 20, 2012 at 10:45pm

@Arnold Carl Tapp.    Heck Arnold, look at Americans right now. They're raising hell about the blatant tromplings to our Constitution by Ovommitt, but nobody in Congress or The Senate does anything. Hello Tyranny in America. We certainly are not in a  position to ciriticize like this unless we get off our arses and return this great nation to it's Constitution. It will take time and every vote counts. How can you demand the Iranians face the monster of pain in hostility and force when the U.S. via Ovomitt will just sit here an allow them to be slaughtered in the streets.

Comment by Karen Fraker on February 20, 2012 at 8:52pm

Janet, thank you for your concern, I just wanted to see what they are spending there time on, and if they even have a real conversation about the facts, so far on Media Matters before I read anything, all the pictures are of all the Fox news people are the only ones showing pictures of and all negative statements about them, or something negative they said which is very obvious a very ingorant statement and the blogs are one liners that are very rude and negative as well. And this all before I even sign up.

I know I am treading into the pits right now, I tread lightly, but I will just learn what the other side is doing?

Then I will pass this inforamtion back to the people that need to handle it.
"keep your friends close and your enemies closer".

Comment by janet barks on February 20, 2012 at 8:02pm

Wow Karen you are really going on the liberal sites? I have changed so much in the last couple of years. I can't even have a conversation with a liberal. I just do not have the patience for it. My husbands parents are old school democrats. They don't live in the same state, but we do not touch on the subject of politics. I don't think that many of the seniors that don't keep up with politics really understand. The current situation in this country has really changed me. I have to remember to focus on the prize (my relationship with our savior). At times I find that I really harbor hate for what this administration is doing to this country. If one isn't careful it can affect your walk with christ. It gets really hard to hate the evil, and not the person. Sorry I got off topic. Just can't believe you would go into the den of thieves and evil. :) Please let us know how it goes.

Comment by Karen Fraker on February 20, 2012 at 6:10pm

Thanks, Charles, I think if we stay on topic we might get some to wake up?

Comment by Charles F Nichols on February 20, 2012 at 5:22pm

Sure Karen. Google media matters or organizing America sites like this or even obama's main sites will work. Then just join the site and then copy the articles and paste. However be prepared for an onslaught of demeaning comments. Been there and done that. Have fun!

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