Thursday, May 15, 2008

Was it a part of a plan?

The ever increasing gas prices have benefited someone. They have benefited people like Ted Stevens of Alaska along with all the others who have been drooling to drill for oil all over and around the United States.

As they sat by and watched prices soar to the point of strangling the American public, they were happily awaiting the public to cry “uncle” and beg for drilling here in the US. When you make it such that the public is cutting back on food in order to purchase gasoline, the environment is sadly pushed to the back seat. I fear that is exactly what is about to be done.

Notice when Republicans talk about weaning our country from oil, they always say “foreign oil”. They have no serious intentions that I can see to wean the country off oil, they just want to substitute American oil.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good catch on the"foreign oil" distinction being made by Republicans.

Funny how they're fired up to drill ANWAR, but have no interest in drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

May 15, 2008 7:21 AM  
Blogger roger said...

i think we would have to drill right thru to saudi arabia to get enuff to last more a few years.

see, they got these new sideways drilling rigs now. heh, heh.

May 15, 2008 8:08 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

But American oil, better more rugged and more individualistic, will never run out, unlike that effete Middle Eastern oil.

May 15, 2008 8:12 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I never noticed that slip of the tongue but your right!

May 15, 2008 8:23 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

We've drilled the Gulf of Mexico. All of the cheap stuff is used up. They don't want to replace rigs that will cost them more than the profits they would produce.

We use 20 million barrels a day. ANWAR may produce as much as 800 thousand barrels a day at it's peak. If things turn out really rosy and the best case scenarios all come true. So it might be able to provide for 4% of our current consumption.

We need oil supplies to increase 3% per year, just to enjoy steady economic growth. So we need to find and drill a new ANWAR every year. As we consume more, we'll need bigger ANWARs.

This assumes that foreign oil supplies will never decline. In a few years we can expect world oil production to begin declining at 3%-6% a year, if things go well. So we really should be looking to find and drill several new ANWARs every year.

This of course assumes that the plan to sell ANWAR oil to China rather than consume it in the USA, doesn't work out.

May 15, 2008 10:35 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

roger said...
i think we would have to drill right thru to saudi arabia to get enuff to last more a few years.

I drink your milkshake. I drink it up.

May 15, 2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Well, if they start going after American oil, maybe we can actually use the oil we produce in Alberta for Canadian needs. As it is, everything produced there goes to the States.

May 15, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

North Slope oil gets sold to Japan - that's what I heard, and I'm stickin' to it! There's no good reason to tear up ANWAR period

May 15, 2008 12:02 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

But I'm your brother!

May 15, 2008 12:15 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Albertan tar sands have some limiting factors that are going to become a problem.

Natural gas has to be burned to cook the stuff. The quantity of energy needed to cook it, is pretty close to the energy in the oil produced.

Lot's of water is needed. This appears to be putting a limit on maximum production.

Once North American Natural gas goes into decline, so will the oil sands operation.

May 15, 2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Great post, great catch, PoP.

May 15, 2008 1:14 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

It is part of a plan! Absolutely 100% everything is Nation wide and world wide. Take it all put it together and you will see what is going to happen this fall. This mess is just beginning and I am sick of sounding like the pessimist warning that Bush has yet to do his worst.

May 15, 2008 4:16 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

hey, Jazz--
I hadn't known that but--why am I not surprised?

meanwhile, I've heard all the excitement about the race to the moon to strip mine it for He3 to ship back here for nuclear fusion.
look for a halo around the moon, folks, and for its orbit to become eccentric -- and for it to begin drifting away from the earth.
while the scientists warn that it is related to the existence of life on earth in ways we don't fully understand.

oh, right, that's pseudo-science -- since it gets in the way of corporate profits.

May 15, 2008 8:47 PM  
Blogger Cujo359 said...

Yes, this has been their stance for some time. They seem to be counting on the ignorance of Americans, since the points Weaseldog mentions are obvious counters to the idea that ANWAR or most other domestic drilling will replace foreign oil at the quantities we now consume them.

Part of a plan? I think it's more likely they just want the best of both worlds - more profits for their buddies and the illusion of safety for the rest of us.

May 15, 2008 9:49 PM  

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