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Dependency on Foreign Oil
January 16, 2012 - Rick Burdt
Wouldn’t it be great to break the hold that the Middle East has over us? Most of this is our own fault. Our country is full of natural resources, but liberal agendas keep getting in the way of common sense. We have a huge amount of crude oil of our own, but environmentalists bind oil company’s hands from being able to drill in our own soil. Instead, we pay higher prices for a product shipped halfway around the world in tanker ships that each burn thousands of gallons of fuel every day. The fuel they burn is of the lowest quality, and according to a study by John Vidal, environmental editor of guardian.co.uk, as few as fifteen of the largest of these ships may emit as much pollution as all the world's cars. And there are thousands of these ships on our oceans. We don’t see the large, black plumes of smoke because these ships are designed with the exhaust underneath, pumping directly into the sea. Once the tankers reach our shores and are emptied, they turn around and sail back to the Middle East completely empty, burning amazing amounts of fuel that is basically one grade higher than asphalt.
Here’s an idea. Instead of exporting our hard-earned money to the Middle East, why not allow the rich American oil companies a chance to use our own natural resources and open up drilling? They would create a whole slew of new jobs, and I’m sure that the best way to deliver that fuel from many of the oil fields would be by pipeline. Pipelines are the greenest and safest way to transport fuel.
We can create American jobs and cut our dependency to the Middle East. This would globally be a lot cleaner than the current way in which we receive much of our oil, and I’m sure the US oil companies would be more than happy to invest in America if the current liberal agenda would just let them. I’d be willing to bet that the threat of us doing something like this alone would make the Middle East start dropping prices just to try to keep us from doing such a thing.
I’m not against green, renewable energy, but let’s face the facts; the technology to replace fossil fuel energy does not yet exist. Even when science discovers a way to harness a green, renewable energy, it will still take years, if not decades, to change our nation’s energy infrastructures and completely come off the current “grid.”
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