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Oil and Slick Politicians

I've tried my best to keep this web site free of politics.  But I can't stand it any longer.  Here's my rant on Oil prices, and our country's lack of action on this critical issue that's destroying our nations economy.

President Obama to the American people. Democrat Senator Harry Reid
to the American people.
"We can't drill our way out of the problem." - Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.
"Coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick; it's global warming. It's ruining our country, it's ruining the world. We've got to stop using fossil fuel." - Democrat Senator Harry Reid.

No Senators!  It's an economy held hostage to foreign energy sources that suck nearly 2 BILLION DOLLARS A DAY out of our GNP, sending it to unfriendly, unstable governments.  That's what is ruining our country ... and the world.   And a Congress, more concerned with the future of Polar Bears than the future welfare and livelihood of American citizens, is what's making me sick.

America needs the 21st Century equivalent of the Manhattan Project  A no holds barred, maximum effort to develop ALL FORMS of domestic energy production.   Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Hydroelectric, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Coastal and Continental oil exploration, Clean coal, Oil Shale, Oil Sands, Coal-to-oil, and new Oil Refineries should ALL be addressed if the U.S. ever hopes to become energy independent.    Investment, Research and Development of all of these technologies would pump HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars back into the U.S. economy and directly employ tens of thousands of Americans.

However, having said that, we also need to guard against those who would take advantage of this situation to push a politically and financially motivated Green agenda in the name of Global Warming.   Solar and Wind power sounds good, and has a warm fuzzy non-polluting feel to it, but in terms of return on investment, these technologies are 25 years away from being cost effective.   Without huge government subsidies (i.e. your tax dollars) these technologies cannot be implemented on a purely commercial basis where they have to pay their own way.   The same is true for Electric and Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles.  Battery technology that can power a vehicle on par with a gasoline engine is 20 years away, and will likely be replaced by Hydrogen Fuel Cells before the technology ever matures .  And none of these types of vehicles will ever be practical until a nationwide infrastructure is in place that supports refueling and/or recharging large numbers of vehicles in the same amount of time it takes to fill up a tank of gas today.   Without the equivalent of today's nationwide network of gasoline stations, Battery, Fuel Cell, or LNG vehicles will be nothing more than short range commuters.  Very expensive to buy and expensive to maintain short range commuters.  These vehicles will  never become affordable or mainstream until you can find them for sale at the corner used car lot.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not saying we should stop development on Wind, Solar, Electric, Fuel Cell, or LNG technology.  I'm saying that whoever is telling you that these technologies are mature, and ready for use today, is doing so with a financial or political motive.  Yes, keep up the research, but in the interim make use of existing energy resources like Oil, Gas, Coal, and Nuclear.  Let these proven and affordable energy sources take us into the future, when alternative energy is a practical reality.

We need to be energy independent.  But not at the cost of decimating our economy so the environmentalist lobby can feel good about saving endangered insects.

A perfect example of environmental extremist policy is their position on drilling for domestic oil in A.N.W.R. - The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

"Wildlife Refuge" .... hmmm .... sounds like something important.  After all this was designed to protect wildlife.  As a past hunter I can respect wildlife management and conservation.  Every year I donate several hundred dollars of my State Income Tax return to wildlife conservation and upkeep of State parks.  And I can respect the idea of keeping nature pristine and safe.   But I also understand that sometimes people loose sight of a good idea and get caught up in politics, and it then becomes impossible to separate the two.  ANWR is just such an example of a good idea gone wrong.  Radical environmentalists have drawn a line in the snow and made this a rallying cry to fight domestic oil exploration in the name of protecting endangered species.   Lets take a look at what all the furor is about.

First a comparison

The orange area is ANWR compared to
Alaska and the Continental U.S.


Then some perspective

The little dot is the area where drilling is planned.
An area of about 2,000 acres; about the size of
an airport, in a city the size of Cleveland.

Note where the proposed
development area is…
(it's in the "ANWR Coastal Plain")
The dot in the green area, about 50 miles from existing oil fields


This is what the Democrats, Progressives,
Liberals, and Environmentalists show
you when they talk about ANWR.

…and they are right!
these ARE photographs of ANWR.



  Isn't ANWR beautiful?
why would we want to drill here
and destroy this beautiful place?


Well, that's not exactly the truth!

Do you remember the map?

The map showed that the proposed
drilling is in the ANWR coastal plain!

Do these photographs look like
a coastal plain to you?

What's going on here?

The answer is simple.  These photos
were NOT taken where they want to drill.

This is what the proposed
exploration site looks like in  the winter!

And this is what it looks like in the summer!

A marshy swamp!

Here are couple pictures
from Google Earth.

As you can see, the area they want to
explore is a barren wasteland.

Oh, and regarding the belief that ANWR
provides wildlife a refuge against the hostile
environment that oil drilling creates;
here's a picture taken during the summer,
just a few miles away at Prudhoe Bay.

It's easy to see just how much these caribou
hate the presence of the oil drilling operation
at Prudhoe Bay in the background.
(for the benefit of you liberals, that was sarcasm)


Here's a picture of the same operation
taken during the Arctic winter.


This bear really seems to hate the pipeline
near the Prudhoe Bay operation!
(again, for the benefit of you liberals, that was sarcasm)


*The fact is, Prudhoe Bay drilling accounts for
17% of all domestic oil production.

Now that YOU know the truth, why is Congress
and the Obama administration so adamantly opposed to
developing our own oil resources, and stopping the flow of billions
of dollars every day to unfriendly oil producing nations that
would sooner see all of us Americans dead.