No Drilling in ANWR
By Devvy Kidd
Lest you might think this is a partisan hit piece, I belong to no political party so I have no axe to grind. The American people have been played like fine-tuned fiddles over the years by both parties. It has brought misery, financial devastation and moral rot to our republic. Unless and until my fellow Americans flush their blind loyalty to a political party and stop being a participant in the tennis match called politics, we will never become effective in solving our problems instead of applying Band Aids. I would also mention I own a Ford Escape Hybrid as does my daughter.
The cost of gas at the pump is killing us, again. Diesel is through the roof, causing the cost of food to steadily rise, making it more difficult for truckers (especially independents) to stay in business. We see these boom/bust cycles with oil, shooting above $3.50 per gallon; in some areas it has gone over $5.00 since 2008. Rarely does the “bust” cycle drop back below $2.50 a gallon. This critical issue is nothing more than noise for talk radio and good ratings for cable network gabfests like FOX News. The losers, again: We the people.
The Democrats continue to saturate this country with the lies from their global warming cult leaders like Al Gore. The former VP who has cashed in big time, increasing his formerly moderate net worth to more than $100 million dollars pushing propaganda. He is someone who is hardly qualified to even speak on the issue. Gore scored a “D” in Natural Sciences as an undergraduate student at Harvard. Not to mention his assessment of global warming, like his cronies making big bucks off the renamed hoax, climate change, has been shredded time and again by real experts.
For decades, the American people have been demanding more drilling be allowed on U.S. soil. Americans are fed up with the grotesque, unconstitutional invasions (and occupations) of foreign countries under the “wars of liberation” or “war on terror” propaganda when we all know it’s about oil. Why not drill here?
Arctic National Wildlife Reserve
If you’re unfamiliar with the letters ANWR, it stands for Arctic National Wildlife Reserve – Nineteen-million-acres in the northeast corner of Alaska. The desired drilling area is a tiny patch of 2,000 acres on the coastal plain. 2,000 acres out of 19,000,000 – How much oil is there?
“The US Geological Survey and the Minerals Management Service at the Department of Interior, who regulate America’s natural resources on and off-shore, estimate that America holds more than 21 billion barrels of proven conventional oil reserves. Add to this the unproven reserves such as those in the 10-02 Area of ANWR and the figure runs to over 100 billion barrels. Why then do we spend hundreds of millions of dollars a day importing oil we already have? The answer lies in American national energy policy, which has, over the past 40 years, moved to lock up oil bearing land and thus exclude the production of fossil fuels from our economy. This trend seems quite contrary to the use of oil and gas by Americans and indeed nations worldwide which has consistently shown a gradual increase in consumption and domestic production. This trend to not consume what one has, has directly resulted in increased imports from abroad to meet constantly growing demand. Currently America imports roughly 60% of its oil from outside its boarders, costing $650 million per day (@$50pb).
“Alaska, and in particular ANWR, is a good example of America’s habit of locking up its own resources whilst buying more from abroad. Along the Coastal Plain of ANWR, known as the 10-02 Area lies what the USGS estimates is probably the largest concentration of onshore conventional oil reserves in North America. This oil is easily accessible and very close (50 miles east along the coastal plain) from America’s largest existing oil field, Prudhoe Bay.” – Research courtesy of www.anwr.org – an excellent resource for facts.
2,000 acres is the total area needed on a coastal plain. That isn’t even a tiny ripple in the ocean when you think about it. It will destroy the pristine beauty of Alaska! It will kill wildlife! Stop buying the propaganda. Farmers, ranchers and those who drill and mine our lands are the stewards of our land. They do a superb job in making sure coming generations will still be able to enjoy the beauty of America while providing food, milk, badly needed minerals, oil and other necessities of life for We the People.
In violation of the U.S. Constitution, the fruits of your labor will be stolen for this channeled through the unconstitutional agency called USAID. U.S. Aid for International Development has been stealing us blind for decades courtesy of the same incumbents just re-elected last November:
U.S. spends lavishly on foreign energy projects
– WorldNetDaily, April 2011
“A U.S. taxpayer-funded overseas “clean energy” initiative will top the billion-dollar mark if U.S. Agency for International Development plans are moved forward. Most of the funds, some of which have not yet received congressional authorization, are devoted to energy infrastructure and exploration projects in USAID-designated “critical priority countries” such as Pakistan, Haiti and Afghanistan…..”USAID’s clean energy programs and activities reduce global warming,” the document claims, “by promoting the sustainable use of renewable energy technologies [and] energy efficient end-use technologies.”
Obama spent $1.6 billion on Chinese wind and $2 billion on Brazilian oil
– ABC News, April 2011
“Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
“Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.
“Most of the jobs are going overseas,” said Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He analyzed which foreign firms had accepted the most stimulus money. “According to our estimates, about 6,000 jobs have been created overseas, and maybe a couple hundred have been created in the U.S.”
NewsMax reports on the subsidies for Brazilian oil drilling. (H/T GP)
“Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski says President Barack Obama’s weekend comments in Brazil that the United States looks forward to purchasing oil drilled for offshore by that nation “is rather puzzling,” and “hypocritical” as his administration has imposed a virtual moratorium on Gulf Oil, Joe Petrowski, Barack Obama, Brazil, Drillingon domestic drilling. The signal to purchase more foreign oil comes after the U.S. Export-Import Bank invested more than $2 billion with Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration.”
While you are spending $4.00 a gallon at the pump. No where in the U.S. Constitution does it authorize a sitting president (which Obama/Soetoro isn’t) to spend a penny from the people’s purse. All bills of expenditure must originate in the House of Representatives. It is the Outlaw Congress – both parties that have allowed this blatant rape of the American people.
Are there other areas in the U.S. where oil can be obtained for We the People? This is a April 20, 2008 press release from the USGS (United States Geological Society):3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation—25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate
“The Bakken Formation estimate is larger than all other current USGS oil assessments of the lower 48 states and is the largest “continuous” oil accumulation ever assessed by the USGS. A “continuous” oil accumulation means that the oil resource is dispersed throughout a geologic formation rather than existing as discrete, localized occurrences. The next largest “continuous” oil accumulation in the U.S. is in the Austin Chalk of Texas and Louisiana, with an undiscovered estimate of 1.0 billions of barrels of technically recoverable oil.”
Not all is recoverable, but few wells have even been drilled. There are other locations in the US; they can be found on-line at: http://energy.usgs.gov.
The Alaska pipeline is old. In January, a severe leak in the 800-mile Trans-Alaska oil pipeline caused a shut down for several days. That pipeline carries America’s largest oil reserve. Owned in part by BP, Conoco Phillips and Exxon Mobile. Expansion of drilling must become a priority; all your eggs in one basket is foolish.
What else is old is the unconstitutional Federal Department of Energy. We don’t need it. Ronald Reagan made several promises when he ran for president: Abolish the unconstitutional Department of Education and the Small Business Administration and the “Federal” Department of Energy. In 1982, Reagan proposed legislation to close down the Department of Energy. His plan was to transfer only necessary functions to other departments, primarily the Department of Commerce. The Outlaw Congress made sure none of it happened and here we are today, three decades later with the same mess and the same political rhetoric.
How many times have we heard “it’s the greenies!” It’s the environmentalists who have kept domestic drilling from expanding. BULL.
The president of Tree Huggers of America does not sit in Congress. The president of the Sierra Club or Greenpeace or Save our Forests or Stop Drilling Now do not sit in Congress. Those groups and organizations buy the favors of the Outlaw Congress – both parties.
No, it’s not the “greenies”. The U.S. Congress is responsible for not allowing more drilling and you can blame the Republicans for their hypocrisy.
It’s a no-brainer the Democrats who do march to the campaign donations of green groups refuse to do what’s right for America and all our people. However, the Republicans had control of the Congress, both houses, from January 1995 through December 31, 2007. And, they had a Republican president for eight of those years; Bush, Jr. During those eight years, the Department of Energy should and could have been abolished saving we the people in excess of $35 BILLION borrowed dollars a year. There is no money in the Treasury with a $14 TRILLION dollar “national” debt created by the Outlaw Congress, so every penny to fund the worthless Department of Energy has to be borrowed from foreign countries. Plus interest, i.e., We the people are raped to the tune of $800 million dollars a week in interest payments to the Godless, barbaric, communist Chinese government for the wasteful spending by BOTH parties over the decades.
I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat, don’t you think it’s about time the states of the Union with oil deposits that are recoverable stand up to the bought and paid for career politicians in Washington, DC? They are in Alaska.
The House is “controlled” by the Republicans. The Senate by Democrats and RINOs who vote with the Democrats. We have a usurper in the White House who has no legal authority to do anything. A mess that should never have gone this far had the Republican controlled Congress and Bush told the greenies to shut up and pursued a constitutional path. No, it won’t come from Washington, DC, but it can come from the state legislatures in oil rich states. Put the pressure on your state legislature. Every state in the Union has the constitutional right to control the natural resources within their state boundaries and it’s high time they stand up to Washington, DC.
Research links – If you have a computer, just type in the title using a search engine:
1 – Expert says gasoline should be at 50 cents a gallon now
2 – Stop with the demand “Congress create jobs” rhetoric Devvy
3 – Today’s drilling leaves a small footprint