Everyone is out for the buck, and it's us little guys they're after.
I was at the beach a couple weeks ago, and a local city (Berlin, MD) there has it's own power plant and has been made an offer by two power companies (the ones increasing the rates 80%) to buy it. So I'm thinking that's a municipal function, and how great it is for those that live there to be left out of the mess of deregulation (and could sell at a profit on the grid thus making it cheaper for the local citizens), and then I read that the town hired a consultant to appraise the plant.
I say, that appraisel will leave out the cost of siting a new powerplant, and all of the legal battles in courts to stop it. That's worth $1 Billion Dollars itself. But they're politicians, so they'll sell that asset that's really the property of the people of Berlin, MD
for $10 million to finance some project that's not needed but will have their name on it like the Casper J Harkell Ampitheatre (name made up). I thought of writing a letter to the local paper, but I don't live there so it's their problem.
Mamma - you're right, gas prices ain't going down. They never do. I do think the peak oil thing is worth thinking about since it's bound to happen one day. I hope that day is in the 2040's and not the 2010's.