Here's something for the conspiracy buffs: This is part 23, lol!
A scarcity, authentic or manufactured, of any crucial commodity accomplishes the following:
1. Increases profits to those who manipulate that commodity.
2. Allows the controllers to determine availability to the "right" people.
3. In the case of energy - severely impacts lifestyle, progress and prosperity.
4. Extracts more money from an often overburdened consumer.
Sometimes I miss my Honda Civic Forest Limited Edition nr 059 of 250 on LPG, which was at least a little cheaper. But I desired a cooler car, so the universe threw me in an awesome car accident last year which hurt no one and I receiveth it.