Here we are, in yet another winter season wherein
high home heating oil and gasoline costs are being decried, and no
one can seem to see the simplest solution to the problem: go get
more and let supply and demand do the rest (the monopolistic cartel
of OPEC notwithstanding).
This is even more mind-boggling in the wake of
two cataclysmic events which put America's energy supplies at grave
risk: 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Both of these exposed for
everyone to see just how vulnerable her energy infrastructure is,
and how reckless it is for Congress to continue ignoring (if not
actively aggravating) that problem.
at present has the raw oil and natural gas supplies available
domestically (in Alaska and under the ocean, among other places) to
avoid dependence on potentially hostile trade partners. We also have
the ability to turn those supplies into consumable end-product. But
we do not either obtain these resources or build the refinery
capacity to reformulate them. Why? There aren’t any external forces
out of our control which prevent us from it; rather, it's entirely
due to our own lack of will.
Bluntly put, we need to stand up to the effective
propagandizing of the "environmentalist" (read: energy hating) left
and show that usage of resources and responsible stewardship of
nature can not only co-exist, but mutually thrive. And even more
importantly, that America's national security depends upon it.
• ANWR -- The Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge
could supply 1 million barrels of oil a day. Only a very
small portion of the overall parcel would be needed, and the Prudhoe
Bay oil fields immediately to the west have proven that the caribou
can keep reproducing next to oil facilities and pipelines just fine,
• OCS -- The Outer Continental Shelf, both in
the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, holds more than 400
trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Modern technology
makes it possible to retrieve this with very little to no
One would think that natural resources from the
above two areas could be easily obtained (they aren't "resources"
unless actually used, after all), but since the Sierra Club has
folks convinced that Bambi and Flipper will be exterminated in the
process, its hired Democrat minions (and northeastern
Republican-In-Name-Only allies who seem determined to force their
constituents to needlessly pay higher home heating oil bills) can
kill bills ad infinitum.
• Refineries -- Katrina showed that America has
dangerously little excess refinery capacity to utilize in the event
of a natural disaster. The result was instant $5/gallon gas, lines
at stations, and of course, the usual economically ignorant cries of
"price gouging" from the very politicians whose refusal to bolster
our energy infrastructure caused those problems in the first place.
(And never mind that even if Halliburton, et. al. were raking in the
dough, one-third of it would get taken away by Congress via a 35%
corporate income tax, the world’s highest.3)
One would think that at least a small number of
refineries would get built in the wake of something as huge as
Katrina, but not even that was enough to get common sense to trump
"environmentalist" hysteria. (And even if it had, the endless red
tape, government regulations, and frivolous lawsuits needed to be
endured would probably have killed the refinery baby in the cradle,
so to speak.)
• The Resulting Alternative -- Dependence on
countries that are at best nominally amicable and at worst outright
hostile toward America for oil and natural gas (the proceeds from
which very possibly help fund terrorism against her), and a
continuing loss of refinery capacity to companies and countries in
Europe and Asia where minimal government interference yields a
competitive advantage. This puts America's security at risk, both
physically and economically.
has plenty of resources under its own soil, and plenty of investment
capital, know-how, and manpower to utilize them to the full, with
minimal risk to flora and fawna, and yet Congress and the
"environmentalist" lobby would prefer to outsource the whole thing,
consequences be damned.
And then they have the unmitigated gall to whine
about "energy independence," when they have both caused our
dependence, and spend most of their waking hours blocking that which
would most effectively bring about the very independence they claim
At least the "environmentalist" lobby could cop a
plea to "reckless disregard"; so blinded are they by their hatred
for energy and the internal combustion engine (witness Al Gore once
comparing it to atomic weaponry in his book “Earth In The Balance”),
they could plausibly claim to have honestly missed the consequences
they cause. They certainly haven't considered that the electric
hybrid cars they worship would require a major boost to the national
electricity grid in order to power, which they also reflexively - if
hypocritically -block. The idea of more nuclear power plants for
electricity - cleaner than coal or natural gas fired plants - causes
"environmentalists" to go nuclear, the need for them proven
by the recent northeastern blackout notwithstanding.
But there can be no generosity extended towards
the “environmentalist” politicians of both parties who put
re-electoral support from the radical Green lobby over the national
interest; they are criminally negligent at best and outright
treasonous at worst.
must stop the Green lobby and the political allies from holding her
energy hostage; the entire economy, not to mention her security,
hang in the balance.