Americans were unmoved. They shouldn't have bought houses that they couldn't afford when the mortgages went up.
Wall Street speculators gambled with wheat and rice commodities, leading to widespread hunger and food riots in 2008. Americans paid no attention, even to reports that Haitians were eating mud. Serves them right for living in poor countries.
But Wall Street speculates on oil and the price of gas goes up? Outrage! Even President Obama is moved to make stern noises!
Never mind global warming. Never mind peak oil. Never mind the 50,000+ dead in car crashes a year, the dead bodies along all our roads, the air pollution, the urban sprawl.
Americans have a right to cheap oil!
It's blood for oil, right? That's the bargain? And we've spilled plenty of blood, so where's the cheap oil?