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Harlingen, Texas, February 4, 2011: Many people still have strong mental pictures of the long lines at the station every other day, as they waited to receive a few gallons of gasoline ration. That was part of the Christmas gifting to all of America on December 23, 1973, when OPEC decided to double the price of oil. People may also remember that our far left environmental movement started with the 1969 Sacramento, California oil spell and it has been hampering oil production in the USA and contributing to inflated gasoline prices every day since that fateful year. OPEC and its predatory pricing has been the oil bogeyman since its creation, but in truth all of the oil related industry, worldwide, shares ownership for high-price targeting of oil sales around the globe.

Now, with the citizen uprising in Egypt and other mid-eastern countries, with the threat of the Suez Canal possibly closing and perhaps the pipeline in Egypt being plugged, oil speculators are raising the price per barrel up and up again.

Isn’t it about time for our spineless Washington officials, regardless of political party, to grow a backbone and give an honest accounting to the American people about the sad state of energy production in the USA?

For years now, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have been telling us that America only has about three years worth of production or 21 billion barrels of oil in reserve. What a distortion of fact. The DOE, if you dig deep into its own published documents, has already admitted the USA still has 1.124 trillion barrels of conventional oil left in the ground. Though less than 20% of our oil can be retrieved using its natural pressure to push it to ground level, new methods of CO2 insertion can bring forth triple that amount. Add to that the extraction of oil from coal, oil shale, tar sands and an increase in the energy provided by the largest coal reserves anywhere and what do you have? You have enough production capacity in the United States to actually export oil.

Placing the United States in that position would bring an end to wringing our hands over Iran, bowing to Saudi kings and constant concern over the next move of the OPEC Oil Dance. We all understand there are no true friends of the United States in the mid east and to keep enriching our enemies has to be the most misguided political policy ever undertaken by the Washington elite.

Though Americans with a conservative political philosophy have always held the environmentalists in low esteem, it should be remembered that they too are patriots and want the best for their country. Their worldview is just different from what is believed by the right. However, the green movement has much to offer America as it seeks energy independence and all forms of energy production should be dramatically pursued. We need wind, solar, hydro, electric, and expanded efforts to produce fairly priced hydrogen driven energy sources. But, it should be a crash program conducted on all fronts, not to the exclusion or limitation of oil production.

America was behind the world when the race into space started...and we outdistanced all competitors. We can do the same thing with oil and all other forms of energy, if we will take politics out of the mix and just think about the future strength of the nation. Maybe we need a citizen’s insistence on a crash energy production campaign to be next on our list of demands.

Semper Fidelis
 
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