Dow’s CEO, Andrew Liveris, blames the US Government’s long-standing policy of inaction towards the rising energy crisis for the company’s recent hike in prices on all products across the globe by up to 20%. Dow claims a 42 percent increase in cost of their energy and “feedstock” (the raw petroleum from crude oil) for the first quarter compared to a year ago. My concern : Dow’s extensive list of products and services is a far reaching bohemeth and this price increase will gouge into the pockets of other industries that are already hit hard by the increase in fuel prices.
In Texas, TXU is offering customers an option to switch to a plan based on the price of natural gas. I’ve switched, and have not gotten my first full month’s statement. A close friend reported some incredible savings, to the tune of thirty five percent. I look forward to that first bill, and hopefully open it with a sigh of relief.