The House Republicans are beginning to see sense on Energy issues for America. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have been a vital wake up call for most Americans used to cheap gas. When Hurricane Katrina first hit, gas prices soared to well over $3.35/gallon nationwide. This is more than double the price a few years ago.
Republicans seek to remove many of the regulatory and environmental hurdles that killed any refineries for the last 3 decades. This makes perfect sense; we need to start protecting the humans in this country and stop worrying so much about spotted frogs or rare weeds. You can put the blame for high gas prices and the destruction of the airline industry squarely on the groups like NDRC, the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace. These people drive cars too, but I guess they think some magic fairy makes it for them, so we don’t need any production capability.
Critics are deriding this effort by the House Republicans as a new give away to an already filthy rich industry. I would certainly agree with them on this point. Exxon and Shell don’t need any subsides, but we do need to clear the way for them. One way this is being discussed is “risk insurance” by the federal government. If a company decides to spend $3 billion building a new refinery, they can’t afford to be tied up in court by state and local governments for years. Can you imagine if when you went to fill up your car with gas that first you paid; then you had to go through a five year legal battle just to pump your gas?
There also is another Bill in the House to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Here again is the perfect example of ignorant environmentalists destroying America. There is absolutely no substitute for gasoline currently in the world. Hybrids still need gas. There are no solar powered cars. Conserving won’t produce one drop of oil. Only more drilling and oil exploration is going to solve the problem. I’d rather have an oil well on American soil any day than pay some sheik in the Middle East. Keep American wealth in America.
The Environmentalists say stuff like “Alaska won’t solve our oil problems”. That’s true, but it would damm sure help. The same argument is used anywhere somebody wants to drill for oil or gas. Over the years we have literally thousands of potential site sitting fallow because of these environmentalists Luddites. Taken together that’s one hell of a lot of oil and gas.
The next time you go to the pump, or this winter when your heating bills are $300/ month; remember to thank the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and the NDRC.
Edited: GSPowered by Sidelines