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Jul 03 Published in Energy Issues by Wordsmith
There's a harebrained idea being trumpeted by certain reactionary types that the only way to lower gasoline prices is to start drilling for oil in the Alaska wilderness and off our coasts. There are so many reasons why this foolhardy idea is wrong that I couldn't possibly list them all here, so I'll just state a few, but there is one that stands out above all that would convince most cynical.
The claim that prices are high because demand is not keeping up with supply so the only answer is to drill up all our own oil ignores many other apects of this problem. According to Arun Gupta of The Indypendent, the Asian financial crisis of the late '90's helped cause oil to fall to $10 a barrel, so many oil wells went offline which lowered production and output, which we're still dealing with that today. And while production has not caught up, speculation on oil and gas futures is going through the roof, with oil companies are taking in record profits, so you know they're not suffering
Also, according to the Wilderness Society, there are many 44 million acres of federal land that are leased out for oil and natural gas exploaration, most of which aren't being utilized, so unless your only motivations are greed, political expediency, or just a hatred off all thing natural, there is absolutely no need to sell more leases.
Plus there's the undeniable fact that oil and coal are finite, with some scietists saying that we're at or past peak oil. Now a person with a brain in their head would suggest that the obvious answer to this malady are alternative energies (solar, wind, etc.), which, of course, are constantly resisted by the fossil fuel industry (the oil industry has been suppressing all other fuel sources since they helped bankroll alcohol prohibition back in the 1910's and 1920's). Another obvious solution is replanning our urban living areas to be more acclimated toward walking, bicycling, and mass transit (preferably rail) instead of centering everything around the car. Mainstream media outlets will never say it but we'll have to change our lifestyles if we want to go on living.
None of these or any other solutions will convince those hell bent on new oil drilling no matter what the enviromental cost, but you would think they would see the obvious probelem with such recklessness.
If we use up all our own oil and natural gas, what's left of it, we'll have no choice but to acquire our oil and gas from other countries.
You would think conservatives would be for the idea of saving what we have and adjusting our consumption habits so we'll have more in the future, but according to the forwarded emails I get from a right wing second cousin of mine, certain so called conservatives (the reactionaries) seem to want nothing more than to use up our own energy reserves and indulge ourselves like gluttons with no foreseeable end.
Such greedheads could learn a lesson from Mel Brooks' The Producers. As Max Bialystock explains to Leo Bloom, there are two rules that a Broadway producer must follow; never put your own money in the show, and...
NEVER PUT YOUR OWN MONEY IN THE SHOW!!!