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September 12, 2008

Obama, it’s time for U.S. to drill

We use oil because it is the cheapest and most transportable form of energy readily available to us. Nothing else comes close on all three criteria. The same people who oppose more drilling because it would take 10 or 20 years (the number grows with each retelling) to get the oil to market want us to implement alternative forms of energy that would take at least as long.

What do we use until then? Oil. So why not use our own and not enrich countries that hate us?

Barack Obama voted against offshore drilling. He has toed the party line. No “change” there, just strict adherence to his party’s failed policies.

Joe Henderson
Raytown

Comments

Engineer

jack
When you are winning and decrease the size of your forces, that’s one thing. When you are ahead but the matter is still in deep dispute to say "we have been defeated" and advocate pulling out and running, that is something else. It's especially something else when you are advocating it purely for political reasons.


jack

Obama and the Dems pulled a McCalin several weeks ago. They changed their position on off shore drilling. Only, according to most here, it is a good idea when McClain changes his position and a lie when the Dems change theirs.

Sorta like a troop withdrawl is "victory" if done under a Rep and a "surrender" if done under a Dem.

Engineer

Pub 17
If we produce and sell the oil we are better off than if we only buy it. So far as I know, no one thinks that low gas prices will return just because we drill, but many do think our drilling will have a depressing effect. I think we all know that conservation will help with the problem but not many believe that conservation alone will solve the problem. Increased use of electric cars, within their limitations will help conserve oil. However, extensive use will require increased power production and reinforcement of the power grid. It will take time to make changes in the transportation fleet. even if a new fuel were discovered tomorrow, it would require time and expense to convert to it.

Pub 17

Gas prices fell on weakening demand worldwide caused by high prices. Rule One, Econ 101: the cure for high prices is high prices. The market brings forth a second shift at the Prius plant, the Smart Car, bicycles, carpooling, etc. Low gas prices bring forth Hummers and hundred-mile commutes. Simple question: what destroys OPEC and throttles funding for terrorists, high oil prices or low oil prices?

JUNGLEJACK

".in the last couple months gas has gone from $4.20 to $3.40--want to guess why?"

The same reason that housing costs have dropped - they were artificially high in the first place. Have we found alternatives to housing? No, but somehow housing prices are falling. Could it be the market correcting itself?

Pub 17

Dick Cheney said we can't conserve our way to energy independence. Uh...in the last couple months gas has gone from $4.20 to $3.40--want to guess why? Alternatives are here, now, and the only thing that'll keep plug-in electrics, 100-mpg hybrids (available now if you throw plug-in batteries in the back of a Prius), and 50-mpg diesels off the market is the promise of cheap gas ten years from now. Why keep financing terrorists?

JUNGLEJACK

jayhawk - holding the stance that there is no need for more oil - we should switch to alternative energy instead - is promising a miracle.

We aren't addicted to oil, we NEED oil. It's not some craving or desire. Look around you, you are surrounded by products and energy sources derived from oil. As we grow as a population and economy, that need increases exponentially. We can't just ignore the problem and hope that alternatives will be ready the next time oil prices go through the roof.

JayhawkinMO

Ahhh, Jungle, the Dems never promised that the Congress could free us from foreign imports any time soon. The Reeps would like us to think it's as easy as flipping a switch. Not!!

JUNGLEJACK

"It took Bush seven years to even mention the problem with imports."

jayhawk - I'll give you that one. I expected Bush to be all over the energy situation from day one. His background should have been perfect for foreseeing our current dilemma. I have no problem with blaming him for waiting 7 years to finally start addressing the issue.

"Joe expects miracles from the Dems..."

It's the Dems fault for promising miracles.

JayhawkinMO

I wonder when the pro-drilling yahoos are going to understand that the U.S. can never be independent of imported crude? Imports will always comprise the bulk of our use. Also, if domestic supplies are so important, why does the U.S. export 1.8 million barrels a day? Also, Bush's Dept of Energy recently approved the export of 98 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas from Alaska as we face major increases in the cost of the fuel this winter... So, Joe, where have the Reeps been since they took control of Congress in '94? It took Bush seven years to even mention the problem with imports. Major Republican failures, but Joe expects miracles from the Dems. Total Reep flim flam.

Pub 17

Dear Joe,
In case you haven't heard, alternative energy sources are here, now, not coming on line for the first time in a decade. And unless you want some socialist nonsense about requiring companies to keep U.S. oil in the U.S., any oil we drill here is going to go to the highest bidder, even if we forbid foreign-owned majors like Shell and BP to drill new wells.

Seriously, stop getting your information from AM radio talk show hosts and get out of the house more.

JUNGLEJACK

"We use oil because it is the cheapest and most transportable form of energy readily available to us."

No, we are ADDICTED to oil, haven't you heard? If we weren't such out-of-control addicts we could flip a switch and suddenly use grass and garbage to fulfill all of our energy needs.

 
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