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4 Reasons Why Offshore Drilling Is A Dumb Idea

President Bush wants to put an end to the presidential moratorium on offshore drilling – he’s a moron!

And here are my top 4 reasons why:

1) Won’t significantly affect prices
Saying that opening up more coastal waters to offshore drilling will help alleviate high gas prices I like putting a band-aid on severed artery. It doesn’t help and just wastes time. The federal Energy Information Administration estimates that there are roughly 16 billion barrels of oil we currently can’t get at due to the offshore moratorium. I realize that may sound like a lot, but consider that in the U.S. we go through about 140 billion gallons of gasoline each year. So that amount of oil is enough to keep our cars running for about 1 ½ months.

Not only that, but experts also feel that we wouldn’t really see the full affects of lifting the ban until 2030! Remember, it takes time to 1) figure out where oil might be 2) drill exploratory wells 3) put up offshore drilling rigs 4) get that oil to be refined.

I don’t know about you but I sincerely hope we’re not using any oil at that point in time, which brings me to reason number 2…

2) Short sighted

In the world of politics you have to get used to short sighted policies, but this is ridiculous. Even if we keep finding more oil, we know for a fact that we’re going to run out of it – period! It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

While I certainly don’t like going to the pump and putting $4.05/gallon gas in my tank, I’m willing to “take one for the team here.” At some point, one generation is going to have to suck it up and make the transition to other ways to our vehicles from here to there. We have the opportunity right now to do that right now, so I say it may as well be us and not our children or their children.

Think of the switch to alternative fuels like pulling off a band-aid. You can either do it slowly and it hurts the entire time you pull it off or you can pull it off quickly and it really hurts for just a few seconds, and then it’s all better. I’d rather get this transition over with as quickly as possible, wouldn’t you – rather than suffering through it for the next 20-30 years (or longer if the oil companies get their way)?

3) Only good for oil companies & OPEC
Have you seen those Chevron commercials claiming how they’re “part of the solution.” They want you to think they’re one of the good guys, and that they’re on your side. Don’t let them fool you. This is the same company that owns the technology for the most promising battery technology for electric cars and refuses to do anything with it except horde it to make sure that we need to continue buying their oil.
Lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling only helps keep the government in bed with oil companies, which already get huge tax breaks despite the fact that they’re reaping record profits right now. (*cough* corruption *cough*)

How about the government starts using its time and resources to favor alternatives? It’s true that it’ll take a few years for us to start seeing the benefits, but no matter what we do, it’s going to take time. I say we put those resources towards a long term solution.

Why should we keep giving all our money to countries that hate us? (i.e. the middle east, Venezuela, etc.) Seriously, that’s just stupid.

4) Won’t help with recession
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but offshore drilling isn’t going to help with the recession that we seem to be entering right now. High gas prices may not be helping things, but they’re certainly not the only factor at work right now. In fact, I’m going to tell you right now it’s best to tighten you belt for the next few years because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Things will get better, maybe even better than ever, but that light of the tunnel is still just a dot in the distance right now.

So I’m going to say it again. Let’s act a bit more like our grandparents, and theirs before them, and really work on making this country a great one for our children and their children instead of trashing it. It’s not always going to be fun, and at times it’s going to be painful, but it’ll be worth it.

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Posted: July 18th, 2008
at 12:04pm by Fuel Saver

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Al Gore Wants US to Abandon Fossil Fuels by 2018

In a sharp contrast to President Bush, who wants to open up offshore drilling, which wouldn’t reach its full effect until 2030 according to experts, Nobel laureate Al Gore wants to see the United States abandon fossil fuels and switch to clean carbon-free sources.

I have to say that if I’m picking sides here, I’m siding with Al Gore. I not only want to see us transition to cleaner methods of transportation, but I want to see us do it as quickly as possible – oil companies be damned.

Now Gore is willing to admit that it would require “fundamental changes in political thinking and personal expectations.”

Allow me to translate: The government needs to stop sleeping with big oil. We need to take the attitude we had back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. When JFK said we were going to the moon, it took 8 years. These days you can’t even build a satellite to circle the globe in that time. Heck, it’s been 7 years since 9/11 and construction on the new tours isn’t going anywhere. There is way to much freakin’ red tape whenever you want to do anything anymore (time to get rid of some lawyers me thinks.)

Now instead of paraphrasing everything he said, I’ll just send you to read the entire article here. Or you can watch his video on youtube:

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Posted: July 17th, 2008
at 9:09pm by Fuel Saver

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