Mar. 22 and 27, 2011
The Obama Administration decided last week to support offshore oil drilling for Brazil! These are the same people who imposed a moratorium on rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and stopped the U.S. last May from boring holes in deep water. They continue to oppose exploration of our own Arctic regions and prevent us from opening up a well 50 miles off the coast of Virginia, and yet they agreed to loan Brazil $2 billion to explore off their own coast.
The president told the Brazilians in Rio de Janiero, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers." Whose side is he on? His actions will create jobs in Brazil while stifling them in America. This policy hurts our poor and middle class. What's the strategy behind this move?
President Obama, when questioned about skyrocketing gas prices in 2008, said, "I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment." His statement is consistent with what militant environmentalists say and with an Obama administration policy which kept its boot "on the neck" of BP during the oil spill. The theory is this: If gas prices are high for a long time, we will learn to hate gasoline - and - another, cheaper fuel source will appear out of thin air and it will save us from our self-made energy crisis. So this administration likes to dream, but it doesn't really care about the little guy - you and me, nor how much we pay at the pump - as long as we believe we're saving the environment in the near term and bankrupting the evil oil companies at the same time. This is counter-productive in several ways.
Don't worry, though, realistic solutions do exist. The price of gasoline for the average American has to drop - and fast! The U.S. must obtain more of it for all its citizens. The urgency right now is for oil, not for windmills. That means we'll need to drill like crazy - not forever, but why not take the first step? We need to provide as much energy for as many of our people as possible, so let's use inexpensive coal, solar, and wind, and at the same time research how we can better design nuclear plants, and research every new energy source. Yet, we can't be impatient for the new. It won't happen overnight, but in the mean time we should avoid paying other countries for our energy. America needs to be the one doing this work, and now. Rising gasoline prices tell us that time is running out, and by the way, we need the jobs!
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