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FIVE-DOLLAR-A-GALLON GAS: Time to Wise Up and Drill

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Amidst the turmoil spreading across the Middle East, Americans are once again faced with a spike in oil and gas prices; and we are hearing the same old arguments about U.S. dependence on foreign oil and what we should do about it. Oil crises, however, haven’t been long lasting in the past. When gasoline prices have approached and exceeded Americans’ threshold of pain—today that’s around $4.00 a gallon—calls to loosen restrictions on drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) abound; but as soon gas prices drop back below that threshold, the clamor subsides. We’re on our way to $4.00-, perhaps $5.00-a-gallon gas. Will the powerful coalition of Democrats, environmentalists, and “green energy” advocates continue to prevent the exploitation of America’s oil reserves, or will they finally wise up?  (More)


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8 Responses

  1. Jim Auer says:

    Ed, Not only should the U.S. drill more as you advocate but we need also to STOP the wasteful and harmful (to American and global consumers) practice of producing ethanol from corn. In addition to more drilling we need to produce oil from algae (far more efficient) and to mass produce small, lightweight and safe nuclear reactors. With all three we can survive.

    • EWRoss says:

      Jim, Amen. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    • Ethanol from corn is the worst possible scenario for making ethanol. It takes almost a gallon of petroleum to produce a gallon of ethanol from corn, while it raises the cost of food significantly. Until we can make ethanol through cellulosic catalysts, it is only beneficial to the producers that earn a huge tax credit for producing it, at the expense of all of us.

  2. Bob Hoelle says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought I recently read where the United States has the capabilities of being the third largest oil producer in the world.
    The “Greenies” panic now over disposing of flashlight batteries. What the hell are they going to want us to do with all of the Hazardous waste when its time to replace batteries in the electric powered autos?

    • EWRoss says:

      Bob, as usual you raise a very good point about all those batteries. I wish I’d have thought about them and included a comment about them in my column.

      Indeed, the U.S. has large oil and gas reserves. Hopefully the more Republicans we elect to office the more likely we are to make use of them.

  3. Gapster says:

    Ed, as usual you are ‘right on.’ Alterenative energy sources, especially to ‘fuel’ our cars is way out in the future, i.e. way, way out in the future! We should pursue alternatives while at the same time harvesting out vast oil reserves, including making use of our Strategic Petroleum Reserves. We must cut the chain that binds us to the mid-eastern oil cartels, as well as Mr. Chavez’s.

    I have written to my two Senators and my Representative many times regarding our need to harvest our own oil reserves and to make use of out Strategic Petroleum Reserves. They usually answer me with a ‘boilerplate/pre-prepared’ set of words that really don’t tell me what they are doing about this problem as members of the United States Congress. I fear they may have globalist agendas and/or are under the thumb of the ‘greenies.’

    Just my opinion folks.


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