Obama Continues Tap Dancing on Energy and the Economy

by lewwaters

As reports of the horrific devastation Japan suffered from the 9.1 earthquake experienced on March 11, 2011 continued coming out in the news, Barack Obama, like all before him, held a news conference vowing help and support for the displaced people of Japan. Scheduled before the earthquake occurred to discuss rising gas prices and economy, Obama did step up and offer assistance to the beleaguered nation, overshadowing his original intent for the conference and reminding me of our long held attitude, “We’re Americans. This is what we do.”

In vowing assistance to Japan “to help with Japanese nuclear power plants and any breaches in the safety system,” he also touched on “The U.S. will also provide heavy lift equipment to clear transportation systems of the massive debris” adding “U.S. aircraft carriers and ships are also steaming toward Japan, loaded with supplies.”

Our generosity is always helping nations when tragedy occurs brings us back to the original intent of the news conference, energy. Or, should I say the current lack of it as we see fuel prices rapidly climbing again due to the rising cost of oil we depend on from the troubled Middle East.

Touching on this and the devastation of Japan’s refineries in the earthquake, Obama said, “We are confident about our ability to fill any potential gaps in (oil) supply,” as he mentioned tapping into our Strategic Petroleum Reserve if need be as those before him have done during times of crisis.

As I indicated months ago in my post Fueling “the Worlds EMT,” many of this ships steaming towards Japan and nearly all of the emergency equipment, especially the ‘heavy lift equipment’ Obama spoke of relies on fossil based fuels. The very same fuels the Obama administration is currently preventing from being drilled and refined from within our borders and offshore. West coast politicians are even seeking a complete and permanent ban on all offshore access to our own energy resources, even during times as tragic as these.

Ignoring actions taken by his administration to prevent more drilling of our own resources and even ignoring comments by former president Bill Clinton that continued delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous,” Obama said,

“There is more we can do, however. For example, right now, the (oil) industry holds leases on tens of millions of acres — both offshore and on land — where they aren’t producing a thing. So I’ve directed the Interior Department to determine just how many of these leases are going undeveloped and report back to me within two weeks so that we can encourage companies to develop the leases they hold and produce American energy. People deserve to know that the energy they depend on is being developed in a timely manner.”

Even during a time of tragedy for the Japanese and spiraling gasoline prices, dwindling oil supplies due to unrest overseas, Obama points fingers away from himself, blaming others for the problems he continues to manifest.

Responding to these allegations, Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute said,

“Long-term problems call for short-term leadership. Suggesting that we rely on other nations to solve our energy challenges is irresponsible and will not increase our energy security. The Obama administration continues to delay or defer action on developing our domestic resources of oil and natural gas at every turn.”

“The trend is alarming. The administration has postponed lease sales in offshore areas. It has cancelled lease sales in onshore federal lands. It has extended permitting timelines for current leases and added unnecessary regulatory burdens. It has chosen inaction on essential energy projects that would create jobs, drive economic growth, and boost federal revenues.”

“To get more oil and gas, we need more access. Placing more government lands and waters off-limits and forcing companies to focus on areas that may show little promise even if already under lease will not solve our energy challenges.”

Mr. Gerard did not say it, but I will, we first need a leader, something sorely lacking in America today. A leader who places the well being of Americans as top priority over his and his families vacations and endless golf games, while the rest of the country struggles with the ongoing economic quagmire we are in.

I would also remind the Obama administration and all who agree with him on ending our reliance on petroleum, those vessels you vowed to send to Japan in their time of need also depend upon the fuel you are delaying the recovery of, not to mention the jobs and revenues also sorely needed.

While the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Obama claims he is prepared to tap “if need be” consists of some 727 Million barrels of oil, known oil reserves existing within American territory, sitting their untapped and blocked from access were estimated to be about 2.3 trillion barrels in 2008. Drilling our own resources not only could end our reliance on imported oil, we could become the one doing most of the exporting to others.

Instead, we continue to hear calls of more “Green Energy” that continues being shown as more costly, unreliable and in some cases, more of an environmental hazard than petroleum.

Remarkably, Obama also claimed that U.S. energy production has increased on his watch, ignoring that “oil production on federal land and waters is 16% less than what was projected four years ago” and making “no mention of production shutdowns in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.”

All we continue to see is his tap dancing around issues of importance while not only the American people continue to suffer under high unemployment, an elongated economic downturn, increasing fuel prices, food prices and charges for most other goods while he sides with greedy public unions demanding more and more from the struggling middle class.

And now, add to that millions of displaced Japanese workers and citizens deeply in need of help while they struggle with the largest natural catastrophe in the history of their nation.

What we need and do not have is a leader to confidently guide the country through these troubling times.

25 Responses to “Obama Continues Tap Dancing on Energy and the Economy”

  1. Oil is plastics, fertilizer, lubricants, dyes, chemicals, medicines, and limited. It’s unfortunate that we literally “burn” it because it’s cheap. The issue is so hot because though people pay more for water than they do gasoline, they somehow think they’re being stolen from. I’m more prosaic about the energy crisis – I’m sure it will take care of itself. When oil finally runs out or gets too expensive, then electricity will be in demand until it gets too expensive, then the Boomer generation will finally die off, and the world will switch to nuclear power. Problem solved.

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  2. While I agree with you on nuclear power, Martin, it also has its problems, as can be seen right now in Japan and the earthquake. Still, such accidents are relatively rare.

    Oil is needed in so many areas of our lives it is amazing that people object to it so much. In addition to other uses, it remains the most economical and efficient energy source we currently have, the reason we continue to import so much.

    As I noted today and last year after the earthquake in Haiti, oil fuels the vast majority of the equipment used in rescue and recovery operations.

    So called “Green Energy” continues to disappoint, but I also can see a need to develope alternatives over time, until they are efficient and productive as well.

    In the meantime, we have energy needs and other needs that oil and natural gas is well suited for and in order to maintain the lifestyle we have built in our country, and encourage others to achieve as well, we should use conitue using oil, tapping our own known fields that just sit there.

    Hundreds of thousands of jobs and much needed revenues would also be created at the same time.

    That’s where leadership comes in and leadership is something we currently do not have.

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  3. On the one hand I agree with you so that we will use up our oil sooner and skip to nuclear power. But on the other hand, burning oil is so stupid. I can’t bring myself to losing out on all the other things it’s used for just so folks can wallow in ignorance.

    True leadership would be $10 gas now… But we’ll get there soon enough without any leadership at all.

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  4. As I understand it, Martine, many of these other uses derived from oil is actually by-products left over after processing it into fuels, gasoline and such.

    While it might seem stupid, it still remains the least expensive and most efficient fuel available to us.

    Couple that with the known amounts we have sitting around, untapped that could fuel all of our needs well beyond when my grandchildren will be old people and it makes no sense not to use it.

    Its uses as a viable fuel go well beyond fueling our cars comparatively cheap.

    I disagree that we need $10 a gallon gas. That would only work to strip Americans of their freedom of movement and in todays depressed economy, send too many into bankruptcy.

    I am in total disagreement with forcing people to be more dependent on public transportation, which also relies on fossil fuels. For those that wish to use it, more power to them.

    But, we are allegedly a free nation enjoying freedoms unheard of in the past. Efforts to stifle those freedoms will also be resisted by people like me.

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  5. The choice isn’t between the freedom of movement and oil – it’s between oil and electricity produced by nuclear power.

    Do you have a link for that oil refining claim? I know the process for half a dozen steps but I’m no expert.

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  6. I too am no expert, Martin, that’s why I said it was my understanding, things I’ve heard and read over the years.

    A brief description of it can be found HERE, although it doesn’t give the processes.

    More listed at the bottom of the page HERE

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  7. Thanks for those links, Lew. I’m still uncertain whether the by-products like plastic, fertilizer, etc. are exclusive of gasoline? It sure would make me feel better if they were.

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  8. As I said and as pointed out here, the main use of petroleum is fuel, but the by-products left over from refining is used for many other uses.

    I’m not a plastics expert either, but much of our plastic tody isn’t derived from oil by-products any more.

    Still, even though used primarily for fuel, petroleum has uses most people don’t even realize.

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  9. Oil is an organic product of the earth. Every year the earth produces more and more oil. Every year we discover more and more oil.

    The problem with $10 a gallon gasoline is that the money above and beyond the cost of manufacturing the fuel would only go to the government, who would simply squander it on nonsense and growing more government.

    We sure don’t need any more government. We have way too much right now.

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  10. Energy is probably the most strategic product on earth. We are not self-sufficient! It seems vital to our defense and way of life to become so. That’s why I roll my eyes whenever the oil argument comes up – I hate being held hostage because people won’t take the tough steps to change.

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  11. Martin, that is pretty much what I keep saying. No matter how much some might wish to, we still have many requirements of oil and we have plenty under our own soil and off shore.

    With what we have here and the technology to recover it, we should be so dependent upon those that wish to do us harm for it.

    Concerns of environmentalists can be dealt with properly, but they need to give a few inches as well. After all, like it or not, they depend upon it too.

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  12. AFAIK, oil is still the main ingredient of plastics.

    Supposedly, the U.S. produces 1% of the worlds’s oil but consumes 25%. If that is true, our production would need to increase beyond anything actually possible.

    My argument has nothing to do with drilling (eventually we WILL drill) – I simply think “leadership” involves replacing oil. However, doing nothing will lead to the same result but without the blame and fury (and without any oil).

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  13. Martin, everywhere I look, there is nothing viable to replace oil yet. By that, I mean economical and as efficient.

    According to the EIA, we are the third top oil producer in the world and we still allow much of our oil to just sit, untapped.

    http://www.eia.doe.gov/countries/

    Oil is not the demon some portray it as. To me, Leadership would mean seeing how using our own resources, especially in times like these, could propel us towards recovery, increase revenues and get unemployed back to work. All the while, research will continue on an alternative, as it has for some time now.

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  14. The future is now. All us Boomers are still thinking Chernobyl and Three Mile Island – that’s so half-a-century ago.

    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf33.html

    And not just nuke – all that touchie-feelie “green” power is good too. And, Lew, I’m no oil bigot – let’s use oil as we transfer over. Which leads back to the definition of “leadership,” as I see it.

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  15. As I said before, Martin, I have no problems with nuke power and we agree, use what we have while research goes on.

    I think it is folly to just dump oil and dive into Green before they have adequately studied the impact of Green.

    Also, to me showing a complete lack of leadership (and hypocrisy) over the years, is the efforts of Green advocates to block construction of Green from their back yards.

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  16. Okay, we’re on the same page.

    On the topic of “Greens” (environmentalists), here’s my take on the subject:

    http://www.martinhash.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=516

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  17. I have no problem with conservation, unless it is pushed to the point that we lose freedoms or rights over it.

    I conserve at home, not out of concern for the environment so much, but because it lowers my bills and I see wasting as, well, wasteful.

    What I was talking about on the Greens, though: For Cape Cod Wind Farm, New Hurdle Is Spiritual

    Senator Feinstein Seeks to Block Solar Panels In Mojave Desert

    An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod

    Ted Kennedy Blocks Cape Cod Wind Farm

    Environmentalists Fight Calico solar farm

    Animals Rights Activists Blocking Wind Farms

    In every one of those, it is advocates of Green doing what they can to keep it out of their neighborhoods. Yet, they cry for it elsewhere.

    Plain and simple, hypocrisy.

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  18. SIMPLE SOLUTION-QUIT WORKING,DRIVE LESS-DEFAULT ON YOUR BILLS-AND STICK YOUR MIDDLE FINGER UP AT THE GOVERNMENT!

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  19. MR. MARTIN HASH SEEMS TO PRECLUDE RECENT HISTORY-SELECTIVE MEMORY THAT JAPAN LIES FESTERING IN A NUCLEAR WASTELAND WITH REACTORS THAT MAY NEVER GO ONLINE AGAIN-AND WERE COMPROMISED FAR WORSE THEN TECHNICIANS SUSPECTED OR WILL ADMIT. PLEASE DO NOT PORTRAY THE BABY-BOOMERS AS PARANOID HIPPIES-WE ARE THE HARD WORKING CLASS THAT BROUGHT THE ECONOMY THROUGH DECADES OF HARD WORK-AND I SUSPECT YOUR ARROGANCE IS BORN OF YOUR REPUBLICAN IGNORANCE—-YOU ARE EXCUSED.(–BUT DON’T DO IT AGAIN-IT SHOWS YOUR BIAS–!)

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  20. Dembones, Martin Hash is very much a liberal Democrat. And, one of the few that is willing to hold a civil discussion today.

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  21. MR. MARTIN HASH SEEMS TO PRECLUDE RECENT HISTORY-SELECTIVE MEMORY THAT JAPAN LIES FESTERING IN A NUCLEAR WASTELAND WITH REACTORS THAT MAY NEVER GO ONLINE AGAIN-AND WERE COMPROMISED FAR WORSE THEN TECHNICIANS SUSPECTED OR WILL ADMIT. PLEASE DO NOT PORTRAY THE BABY-BOOMERS AS PARANOID HIPPIES-WE ARE THE HARD WORKING CLASS THAT BROUGHT THE ECONOMY THROUGH DECADES OF HARD WORK-AND I SUSPECT YOUR ARROGANCE IS BORN OF YOUR REPUBLICAN IGNORANCE—-YOU ARE EXCUSED.(–BUT DON’T DO IT AGAIN-IT SHOWS YOUR BIAS–!) THOSE WHO TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE TEACHINGS OF HISTORY, ARE DAMNED TO REPEAT THE SAME ERRORS IN FOLLY–

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  22. lewwaters is soooo disingenuous in the presentation of the doctrine of “drill,baby,drill” as a solution to near-shortages in gasoline binds and/’or price fluctuations to consumers. He fails to present the fact that our reserves, in total, could power this economy for the next 200 to 300 years comfortably–but the discovered resources are capped here. The refinery capacities and numbers are capped here. The basic oil agenda is to deplete foreign stockpiles, and make our reserves more valuable—-the old idea put forth for “OPERATION GRAND-SLAM” in the movie “GOLDFINGER”—destroy the outstanding resource, and make your share more desirable. The eager search of “energy hungry geologists and technologies is a total farce! It is orchestrated around running a trans-sub-RUSSO pipeline to regulate gas and oil out of the PERSIAN GULF areas to EURO DOMAINS-and monopolize the transit at economically regulated choke-points. Please-I do my research, as a STETSON GRADUATE-and this BILDERBERG CONSPIRACY has always been part-and-parcel lockstep with the worldwide oil cartels. It has very little to do with the consumers-whom they regard as “bottom dwelling garbage”. That, my friends, is the economic pickle in a nutshell, The overplayed enthusiasm is giving me heartburn-stop trying to be a conservative and trying to be relevant! iT DOESN’T CHANGE THE UGLY TRUTHS!

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  23. MR. MARTIN HASH A-N-D LEEWATERS HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE PARADYNES OF RISK IN FORCING THE DEVELOPMENTAL RACE IN UTILIZING EXISTING RESOURCES. CRACKING THE COAL AND OIL SHALE PRODUCES EXPLOSIVE AND TOXIC CONCERNS. NUCLEAR POWER HAS IT’S BIOLOGICAL AND SAFETY CONCERN IMPACTS. FORCING WATER INTO OIL POCKETS TO LEECH THE PRODUCT OUT OF THE GROUND ALSO HAS A GEOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL IMPACT-AS DOES STRIP MINING AND TUNNEL MINING. THE COST IN LIVES AND INVESTMENTS ARE PRECARIOUS-AND THE INVESTOR ALWAYS WANTS A RETURN. THERE IS VERY LITTLE YOU OR I HAVE IN THE SAY OF THESE FACTORS-AND BERATING BARACK OBAMA-SEEING AS HOW HE IS ALSO BEHOLDING TO THE INVESTORS, CAN DO. THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS IN THE DETAILS OF ANY PROCESS, AND WITHOUT A POWERFUL CABAL OF THESE INVESTORS IN THE WHITE HOUSE INNER CIRCLE, THE INEFFECTIVE POLICIES OF THE OBAMA DEVELOPMENT OF RESOURCES IS A GLARING WHITE ELEPHANT. IT MAY WELL COST HIM A SECOND TERM IN OFFICE, AS MANY WORKERS (MANY MORE THEN THE MANIPULATED FIGURES INDICATE!) SIT ON THE SIDELINES—-NOT ABLE TO PAY BILLS OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE TAX BASE. THE ANSWER-GET PEOPLE IN THE INNER CIRCLE OF THE WHITE HOUSE WHO ARE VISIONARY DEVELOPERS OF SAFE AND GRADUAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT. THAT IS THE LOGICAL START.

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  24. First and foremost, Dembones, did you mean “Paradigm” instead of “Paradyne?”

    Any source of energy we have comes with risk. Hell, life itself is a risk. But, today energy is power and we cannot survive as a viable country, superpower or not, without energy sources.

    You say how cracking (fracking?) carries “explosive and toxic” risks, but the last EPA study performed found that to be minimal if at all. They found,

    • The agency concluded that the injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids poses little or no threat to USDWs.
    • EPA found no confirmed cases linked to fracturing fluid injection or subsequent underground movement of fracturing fluids.
    • EPA found that no hazardous constituents were used in fracturing fluids, and hydraulic fracturing did not result in creating a path for fluids to move between isolated formations.
    • Reported incidents of water quality the degradation were attributed to other, more plausible causes.
    • Although thousands of wells are fractured annually, EPA did not find a single incident of the contamination of drinking water wells by hydraulic fracturing fluid injection.

    http://groundwork.iogcc.org/sites/default/files/09IOG5571_EPA%20HydFrac_FactSheet.pdf

    As can be expected in today’s charged climate, they have been “requested” to redo the study, I suspect more for political reasons to achieve a certain outcome favorable to one political party.

    It is perfectly logical and acceptable to berate Obama or whoever heads the administration if they enact policies hampering our recovery and keeping large numbers of people out of work.

    You say that I am “soooo disingenuous in the presentation of the doctrine of ‘drill,baby,drill’ as a solution to near-shortages in gasoline binds and/’or price fluctuations to consumers.”

    Sorry, but I am advocating a long term solution. In the short term, we will create jobs, hundreds of thousands of jobs. Ever since the oil embargo of 1973 we have heard nearly every single president advocate using our resources more and seeking “alternative fuels.” Yet, where are we today, nearly 4 decades later? More dependent on foreign oil than ever while endless “environmental regulations” hamper the very people they were supposed to help.

    Alternative sources have yet to become perfected to the point that they are viable, affordable or efficient. Another study performed found that with our combined coal, natural gas and petroleum sources left untapped, we potentially have more energy sources than the rest of the world combined.

    You might do yourself well to read through the many posts I have written over the years and find out just where I stand before saying I am disingenuous. This is but one of several.

    Your conspiracy theory comparison to Goldfinger is entertaining, but highly doubtful as well.

    You claim you do your research and graduated from “STETSON.” Did you mean the University or the hat?

    Watching James Bond movies from the 60’s (the better ones in my opinion) is hardly what I classify as “research.”

    You would do yourself well to actually find out what a person stands for by seeking out more than one post written by them. That, last I heard, is “research” too.

    Looking over the rest of your rants, may I suggest you do one of two things? 1. Actually research the subject matter at the links provided in the post and debate (if possible) the actual information given. 2. Put down the bong and step away from your computer.

    Oh yes, and as a “Stetson Graduate,” you should know that all caps is bad form, distracting and discouraged.

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