Will We Ever Get Serious About Our Energy Needs? Part 4

by lewwaters

With Democrats now in control of both Houses of Congress, in the January 23rd, 2007 State of the Union address saw President Bush still calling,

“Extending hope and opportunity depends on a stable supply of energy that keeps America’s economy running and America’s environment clean. For too long our Nation has been dependent on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes, and to terrorists – who could cause huge disruptions of oil shipments … raise the price of oil … and do great harm to our economy.
It is in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply – and the way forward is through technology. We must continue changing the way America generates electric power – by even greater use of clean coal technology … solar and wind energy … and clean, safe nuclear power. We need to press on with battery research for plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel. We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol – using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural wastes.
We have made a lot of progress, thanks to good policies in Washington and the strong response of the market. Now even more dramatic advances are within reach. Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we have done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next ten years – thereby cutting our total imports by the equivalent of three-quarters of all the oil we now import from the Middle East.
To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory Fuels Standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 – this is nearly five times the current target. At the same time, we need to reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for light trucks – and conserve up to eight and a half billion more gallons of gasoline by 2017.
Achieving these ambitious goals will dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but will not eliminate it. So as we continue to diversify our fuel supply, we must also step up domestic oil production in environmentally sensitive ways. And to further protect America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment – and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.”

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was now setting around $2.10, down from $3.10 weeks earlier.

We now have Barack Obama occupying the seat of the Presidency and outlining in his Energy & Environment Policy,

“For decades it has been clear that the way Americans produce and consume energy is not sustainable. Our addiction to foreign oil and fossil fuels puts our economy, our national security and our environment at risk. To take this country in a new direction, the President is working with Congress to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation to protect our nation from the serious economic and strategic risks associated with our reliance on foreign oil, to create jobs, and to cut down on the carbon pollution that contributes to the destabilizing effects of climate change.
The President has already made great strides toward changing our energy future. The Recovery Act constituted an unprecedented and historic investment in the clean energy economy. Investments in the development of renewable energy and clean technologies will lead to the energy sources of the future. Investments in high speed rail and advanced car batteries will lead to the transportation systems of the future. Investments in a smart electric grid and energy efficient homes, offices, and appliances will reduce our overall energy consumption as a nation. And all of these investments will lead to the industries of the future, help put America back in the lead of the global clean energy economy, and create millions of jobs over time. As the President said, ‘Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny’.”

Glib words, but as the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline approaches $4, we see the current administration financing off-shore exploration of drilling for oil off the shores of Brazil and expressing that we wish to become their best customer of their oil.

At the same time, we see that the current Secretary of Energy, Steve Chu on Fox News Sunday March 20, 2011 and noted for his 2008 statement, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” saying, “The recent spike in gasoline prices following that huge spike in 2007, 2008 is a reminder to Americans that the price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up just because of supply and demand issues.

It’s been nearly 4 decades since the 1973 Oil Embargo and much of the same rhetoric comes from politicians who seek to lay the blame for this ongoing energy mess on oil companies instead of themselves.

We still have billions and billions of gallons of recoverable crude oil within our own borders that just sits there. We have nearly 4 decades now of calling for more and more money thrown towards “alternative fuels” which apparently remain unperfected, but forced on us just the same.

In spite of several calls by past Presidents, the one thing still not allowed in order to decrease our dependency on foreign oil remains drilling and recovering our own.

From where I sit, it is high time the government either got serious on our energy needs, or got the hell out of the way and allows those who are serious to truly end our dependence on foreign oil by using more of our own, while we spend more decades perfecting these “alternative fuel sources.”

Part One, Part Two, Part Three

13 Comments to “Will We Ever Get Serious About Our Energy Needs? Part 4”

  1. You do realize that there is a global market for oil, right? Do you think that we just drill it in our borders and all the sudden it’s $1 a gallon gasoline? Do you pay a different price for Alaskan oil than you do for Saudi oil?

    After ALL your quotations by various administrations, your point seems to be this: DRILL BABY DRILL, and magically gasoline will be cheap and abundant.

    If we opened EVERYTHING up to exploration and drilling, the amount of oil we could put on the world market would barely make a dent. Seriously Lew, get real.

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  2. As I have shown, nearly 40 years you people have been spewing this crap and we are more dependent upon foreign oil than ever.

    Yes, there is a global market and markets can change too. Why is it that some oil producing nations have much lower prices? Aren’t they subject to that “global market” too?

    As for barely making a dent, get real. We have more reserves of oil, natural gas and coal sitting in the ground than all of the other nations combined.

    Try your socialist bovine scatology with someone else, too many of us don’t fall for it.

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  3. Aw, come on Lew, Terry is just another deluded green that probably got suckered by Al Gore’s get rich climate scheme and the peak oil lunacy.

    Anyone who believes in peak oil is ignorant of history, economics and chemistry:
    1. Economics because as price rises, supply increases and substitutes become economical. For instance according to the New York Times, December 24, 2010, is is now almost a dollar a gallon cheaper to make diesel fuel from natural gas than from oil.
    2. Chemistry because we can make gasoline from both coal and natural gas,
    3. History because Hitler ran a war machine on oil made from coal.

    As to Terry’s reluctance to drill baby drill, he is probably one of the many greens who believe man is plague on “our Mother Earth” and needs to be cleansed from it. One method they have decided to use if de-insturilization – getting rid of the industrial revolution including modern farming, energy production and large efficient factories. That is how they are going to engineer the next worldwide genocide. A genocide of us. Of course Terry is probably too stupid to realize he is one of those scheduled to die.

    Every time you hear of the enviro twits opposing a power plant, oil refinery or factory, just remember their goal is to reduce the world’s population to pre-industrial levels and they don’t care who dies. Gooogle “wildlands project”

    The Realist

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  4. We have more oil reserves than the rest of the world combined? Did you just make up that fact out of thin air? You can’t expect to maintain any credibility when you say provably ridiculous things like that. Seriously though, who told you that or where did you read it? I’m very interested in where people like you get your information.

    Here’s a FACT: the tiny nation of Qatar alone has more proven oil reserves than the United States. (source: CIA World Factbook)

    What have I said that would lead you to believe I’m a socialist? I may or may not be, but you can’t know that based on anything I’ve said. Apparently that’s just something you throw out there to anyone who challenges you. Pretty pathetic, but I suppose I should expect no less.

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  5. Poor Terry, did you deliberately change what I said? Or, do you lack comprehension skills?

    I said “oil, natural gas and coal,” all viable sources of energy that could be used.

    If you wish to be taken credibly, maybe you should actually quote all of what someone claims, not just select a portion to support your view.

    You may not wish to accept it, your problem, not mine, but: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/10/new-report-says-u-s-has-largest-fossil-fuel-reserves-in-world/

    Do try to be factual in what you quote of me in the future.

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  6. Look man, you’re not very good at this.

    US Proven Oil Reserves – < 2% (Source: CIA World Factbook)
    US Proven Natural Gas Reserves – < 4% (Source: CIA World Factbook)
    US Proven Coal Reserves – < 28% (Source: British Petroleum)

    This report is laughable, b/c it has taken the previous estimate of 19b barrels of oil and made it 163b barrels. It's MAGIC! VERY impressive, especially since there hasn't been a major oil find in this country in 30 years. Regardless, that's still less oil reserves than either Saudi Arabia or Canada.

    Spin your statement however you want, you're wrong. You exaggerated and your numbers don't add up to the US having 51% of the worlds proven reserves of fossil fuels. Or anything close to it. You only make yourself more the fool by continuing this justify your nonsense statement.

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  7. And, yeah The Realist, you must be right. I have a socialist genocide agenda and peak oil is just a figment of everyone’s imagination.

    Also: the Earth revolves around the sun, dinosaurs roamed the Earth 6000 years ago, 90% of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions, and Sarah Palin is a genius.

    You dudes really need to try harder.

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  8. Sun revolves around the Earth. I think you got my point. 🙂

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  9. ROFLMAO, you are quite the comic, Terry.

    Isn’t that the same CIA you all don’t trust on nerly every other source of information they provide? Talk about picking and choosing.

    If you wish to actually look at the paper, it is here

    I seriously doubt your “no new oil discovery in the last 30 years,” considering the Eagle Ford shale and Appomattox prospect area in the Mississippi Canyon discoveries, but even if so, why is it just sitting in the ground while we subsidize Brazil’s recent find in order to buy it from them?

    It’s bad enough to spew propaganda, but starting to believe it yourself leaves you looking more the fool.

    Try doing some research, Terry.

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  10. Try doing some research, Terry.

    He did. In the Sierra Klub weekly reader.

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  11. Countries report their reserves, the CIA compiles the results in their factbook. This isn’t an intelligence report. C’mon.

    I read the summary of the report and it’s talking about “undiscovered technically recoverable” reserves. I am sorry, but you can not even begin to estimate something that has not been discovered. It’s absurd. Even you must acknowledge that.

    I’m done with you guys on this. When facts don’t matter, discussion breaks down and becomes pointless.

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  12. Terry, you’re funny and so predictable.

    Give you some proof and you cry “I win” and run away, LOL.

    Whatever, dude. We know the truth, you’re still in the dark.

    Oh, and be sure to get rid of your car and don’t turn on lights and take cold showers.

    After all, you don’t want energy.

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  13. Hey Terry, i you actually want to learn something, read this for the WSJ:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576248881417246502.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    1. there is no shortage of oil

    2. the government is holding back production.

    3. All those unused leases the oil companies are sitting is just more green twit propaganda.

    Any you fall for all of it.

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