DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICIANS & THEIR DECEPTIONS ABOUT OIL
By Alan Caruba
The reason this nation is held hostage to other oil producing nations is that the Democrats, going back to U.S. President James Earl ("Jimmy") Carter, have waged war on the American oil industry. This is especially important, insofar as nations ruled by monarchies, corrupt oligarchies, and dictatorial Communist governments control 75% of the world’s oil.
Seldon B. Graham, Jr., the author of Why Your Gasoline Prices Are High, a petroleum engineer and attorney, recently noted:
“Thirty years ago, Democrats selected ethanol as their renewable energy of choice. Their ethanol agenda has proven to be a total disaster. But, it is a well hidden disaster. Democrats continue to push ethanol as the renewable biofuel which will eliminate our dependence on foreign oil and our necessity to drill for US oil. It is surprising that Democrats have been able to fool so many Americans about ethanol for so long.”
Not only has the Democratic Party left us vulnerable to other oil producing nations, but its ethanol agenda has created vast imbalances in the world’s food supplies, as corn is diverted from domestic use and as a factor in our agricultural exports.
If you had heard Senator Reid, a man who has said, “Oil makes us sick. Coal makes us sick. Global warming makes us sick,” you would have heard him attack oil as the reason for all the woes of the world. “President Carter warned us about it in the 1970s when he proposed real solutions — conservation, fuel efficiency, and alternative fuels — to what he correctly named the ‘moral equivalent of war.’” President Carter -- whose weak response to the taking of U.S. diplomats as hostages by the Iranian Revolution of 1979 led to the election of Ronald Wilson Reagan as President in 1980 -- was wrong then, and Carter is wrong now.
Socalled “clean energy,” wind and solar, provides barely one percent of the nation’s need for electrical power. It does so only because of the massive subsidies, like those for ethanol, the U.S. national government provides, but Harry Reid could not resist characterizing the Bush administration as rife with “oil industry cronies.”
He made no reference, however, to the Democrats' agriculture cronies. As Seldon Graham points out, “Democrats gave ethanol a 40¢ per gallon government subsidy in 1978. In 1980, Democrats gave insured loans to build ethanol plants.”
This is occurring as Americans struggle to find the money to fill their gas tanks, and many worry about the price of oil to heat their homes this Winter.
Senator Reid praised the Democratic Party candidate for President, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., saying, “He articulates a vision of energy independence that is comprehensive and based on sound science and sound policies….” This is a lie. No nation on Earth can be or is energy independent. Even Iran has to import gasoline because it lacks the refining capacity to provide it, despite its own vast oil reserves.
America, too, needs more refineries, but the threat of “windfall profits” taxes has kept our oil industry from making the vast, billion-dollar investments necessary to build them, and a matrix of environmental regulations has made it even more costly and difficult.
The Democrats and their choice for the next President of the U.S.A. have resisted permitting our own oil companies to drill for millions of barrels of known oil reserves in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and have resisted lifting restrictions on exploration and extraction of oil on 85% of our nation’s continental shelf.
Instead, Senator Reid called for more wind, geothermal, and solar power generation. He called for “smarter vehicles, more efficient and accessible mass transit, energy-efficient building codes….” These are the illusions the Democrats offer, illusions in contrast to realistic, pragmatic, and vitally needed responses to our need for increased oil and natural gas production.
The Democrats offer the lie that such production would not impact the current price of oil or our needs for “ten years.” The mere mention of off-shore production caused the price of oil to drop, when offered by Senator John Sidney McCain. The end of the ethanol debacle would lower the price of gas at the pump. Drill now. Drill here. That’s the answer.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba has a daily blog at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
Caruba’s most recent book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press. Books previously authored by Caruba include A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam, The United Nations Versus the United States: The UN's Plan to Control Planet Earth, and America: A Nation Without Borders -- A Pocket Guide to Immigration Issues.
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