WTF is going on with the freakin’ gas prices? It is getting absolutely ridiculous once again. The freakin’ middle east is on fire and the price of oil is once again above $100/barrel. When Obambi came in office oil was under $36/barrel.
Do you remember this?
He clearly wants oil and energy prices to be high. He has done everything possible to raise the price of gas. Any good President would have been out front during the Egyptian revolution – it took Obambi 6 days to say anything. A good President would have been out front during the Libyan revolution – Obambi took 9 days to say anything. Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia – and on March 11th – Saudi Arabia are currently in the middle of civil uprisings – all affecting the price of oil.
We import 63% of all of our oil from foreign countries. Here’s where that oil comes from:
America is the 3rd largest oil producer in the world at 8.7mbl/day. America consumes 21mbl/day. It is estimated we have 150 years worth of oil in reserves. America has 21bbl in proven reserves – which if we produced ALL of our own oil – would last about 10 years. However, there is an estimated 100bbl/d in unproven reserves. These are the ones where geologists believe there is oil – but our government refuses to allow us to do any exploratory drilling. Technically we have about 50 years in reserves if our freakin’ government would just open it up.
This government has done absolutely nothing for 40 years! I remember sitting in the long gas lines with my parents in 1973. It was ridiculous then and it is even MORE ridiculous now that prices are up. That idiot Carter created the Department of Energy that was supposed to lead us to energy independence using ALL of our resources. Instead – we have a multi-billion dollar boondoggle federal government department that has lead us down a path of energy dependence on foreign countries. I was living in Pennsylvania when we had the 3 Mile Island scare – which subsequently resulted in the U.S. halting production of any new nuclear facilities. There hasn’t been a new reactor built in the U.S. in over 30 years. We only have 104 in the entire country and they expect only 2-4 new ones to be on line in 2018. Only 20% of our total energy production is from nuclear. Hell, even France has 75% of their energy coming from nuclear power.
Obambi and the rest of those eco-nutjobs would have us believe that we should shut down ALL coal-fired plants, ALL nuclear powered plants, and shut down ALL oil production and we should only use hydro, wind, and solar power. Well, that is all fine and good – but – at this time NONE OF THEM are a viable source of energy. Hydro power 3% of our total energy in this country. Every location that has strong enough currents to generate hydropower are already in production. 9% is the best we’ll get from that source. Rather than explain it all – check out this chart:
ONLY 8% of our total energy production comes from those renewable sources. Of that 8% only 1% of that is Solar and 9% is wind. If you do the math – that means that only .008% of our entire energy production comes from solar and .072% of our total energy production is wind. These ARE NOT viable options yet this freakin administration is pushing solar and wind. Why? Even those who are experts and pro-wind power says it is not viable. Just check out the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Nolan, Texas. It spans 47,000 acres and only produces 210mw of power. That only provides power for 2500 hours of full load. This is THE largest wind farm in the world and it hardly produces anything. It costs about $1,2 – 2.6 Million per 1mw of power produced. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, 47,000 acres is 74 square miles. Talk about a waste of money, time, and land.
Could someone please explain why this administration insists on playing “Where’s Obama” when it comes to doing what is right for this country? Why is Obambi and this administration so hellbent on destroying our economy? When gas gets to $4/gal again – we’re going to see this economy tank even further – yet – Obambi does nothing, nothing to alleviate the problem. He WANTS oil prices to skyrocket – and I think it is so he can FORCE this alternative energy crap down our throats.
That alternative energy ain’t going to mean shit when people out in the real world can’t afford to get to work and can’t afford to buy food to feed themselves and their families. We are decades away from alternative energy to ever being a viable means of energy production. What needs to be done is to start drilling everything we got and to start putting nuclear facilities online immediately. Once we are energy stable in this country – THEN start investing in these technologies.
compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.
Notice the key words in the definition – compulsive need, habit-forming, withdrawal, harmful.
The connotation of addiction is always negative. The left consistently points to our use of oil and fossil fuels as an addiction – a negative. America is NOT addicted to fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are, in fact, the life blood of our economy. There is no compulsive use – it is not a habit – there would be no physiological affects of a withdrawal from oil – and – the most harmful thing for America right now would be to stop using fossil fuels. It would doom our economy and our way of life. We need to change the dialogue and stop referring to our use of fossil fuels as an addiction. We need to think of fossil fuels as life-sustaining resources such as food & water. Oil IS the food and water of our economy. Without it, our economy dies. Are there alternatives? Yes – but – they are not viable right now.
Oil is akin to water in our economy. Solar and Wind power is akin to our oceans filled with salt water. Fresh water is immediately available. Salt water – while abundant – requires a lot of energy and processes to become potable. Same thing – oil – with little refining is immediately available for literally hundreds of uses in our economy. Solar and wind power requires more refining in order to make it a viable option. While we do have desalination plants to provide us with potable water from ocean water – they are not the mainstream source for our water yet. Until that technology is better and more refined – we still get the majority of our life sustaining fresh water from other sources. Same with oil – until Solar and other alternative powers become more sustainable and the technology cheaper – we need to be tapping as much of our readily available fossil fuels as possible while we move towards those technologies.
I watched the President’s speech last night and I was just waiting for that term – “addicted to oil” – and sure enough, he did not fail me. America is dependent on FOREIGN OIL because of Jimmy Carter and his creation of the Department of Energy. Rather than move to tap our own resources – the leftist eco-whackos through the DOE, in collaboration with the EPA, made it harder. We even stopped building nuclear plants. There is a mountain of paperwork that oil companies must go through now just to get approval to explore for oil. It takes 7 – 10 years to get through the regulatory red tape to bring a single drop of oil in to a barrel.
If the use of fossil fuels is such a national security issue due to our dependence on foreign oil – doesn’t it make sense to tap every existing resource available to break that dependence? Doesn’t it make sense to bring MORE nuclear power plants on line? Doesn’t it make more sense to become totally independent as a nation and THEN work on alternatives while we are prospering economically?
America is NOT addicted to oil. The ENTIRE FREAKIN’ WORLD ECONOMY runs on oil! We must stay vigilant and not allow our idiot politicians to use the gulf oil spill as an excuse to push a bogus cap-and-trade bill on us that will further harm our economy. What we need is for some real solid policies that include moving the wells closer to shore to avert future disasters as what is happening in the Gulf. We need policies that say open up more of the oil and natural gas reserves. We need policies that will allow more expedient building of nuclear power plants and oil rigs. If you don’t think this would help our economy – look at all the oil-rich Arab nations. They are like oases in the deserts. By having sound energy policies – more jobs would be created, energy prices would come down, and our economy would recover.
Unfortunately, we have leftist eco-whackos running the show in D.C. at this time. Until we get rid of them – we will continue to have bullshit rhetoric like this and a slow, foreign energy dependent, economy that indeed lends to national security vulnerability.
Again! I have the great pleasure of hosting some really great posts from this past week from some really great bloggers. Bet you can’t figure what a lot of them are about?
ChristianPF presents McCain/Obama – Who is better for your money? posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “A debate over which candidate is better for your wallet”
Actually – that’s the question posed over at this blog. It’s up to you as the commenters to debate the issue.
Having grown up in the military and serving myself – I found myself abroad on two occasions in which I had to vote absentee as well. I commend you for doing your civic duty – and from so far away at that! When I was reading your first paragraph – I had to chuckle – as that was NEVER my experience when I was in Europe! Then I got to your follow-up – good one!
Excellent post, Steve. While I am not predicting doom and gloom myself – I will agree that Obama will most definitely weaken the U.S. The Republicans lost this election because a.) McCain was a very poor choice of candidate, and b.) The Republicans forgot who they were and lost their way. They kinda forgot they were supposed to be AGAINST big government, didn’t they? This is an excellent call to conservatives and to D.C. Republicans to return to their roots.
Curry Kenworthy presents Conservatives don’t really understand elections posted at Curry Kenworthy, saying, “Conservatives are brilliant on the issues, but liberals know how to get out the vote–and change the culture.”
Eh! I sorta agree. There was a huge turnout during the Reagan years to get people involved. However, for the most part, I would agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say. In fact, Obama used technology brilliantly as compared to the McCain campaign. You wouldn’t believe how many “MyObamaSpace” pages I came across. Apparently, they set up their own Obama campaign social network. Additionally, they collected millions of cell phone numbers and were sending out texts messages regularly on election day to get those young’ns out there to vote. The turnout was the same as in 2004 – but – they pulled the youth vote in that wasn’t there before. I think a lot of Republicans and Conservatives stayed home this year.
Now that is funny! But, let me also remind you of a few other celebrity politicians – mostly from the past: Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, Al Franken, Fred Grandy, P.T. Barnum (yes, THAT P.T. Barnum), Bill Bradley (former basketball player), Clint Eastwood (I lived in Monterey when he was the Mayor of Carmel), and John Glenn (former astronaut) just to name a few. The most recent ones we have are Al Franken and Jerry Springer. But, you’re right – I can’t see Jay-Z being the Mayor of NYC either. I can’t see him filling the same shoes as Bloomberg, Giuliani, Koch, and LaGuardia, just to name a few of the great ones!
Sarah Scrafford presents Obama vs. McCain: What the Next President Will Mean for Day Traders posted at Currency Trading.net.
Well, I personally don’t know much about day trading. I’m in it for the long haul. But – if I have any day traders who read this blog – there is some good info over there. While this is initially a comparison of both candidates – now that Obama has been elected – this is a good primer to follow up and see how Obama fares in the economy and what happens with the market.
TheMoneyHawk presents Reality Check: The President Can’t Save Us, Nor Should He posted at The Money Hawk, saying, “Everyone in the country needs to read this article, period.”
Ahh, yes! A financial blogger after my own heart! I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility! Most excellent post – a good read for everyone!
We’ll see! This freakin’ two year election cycle put a world of hurt on this country!
Sam Douglas presents Mandatory Internet Censorship and our Right to Choose posted at Philosophy Hurts Your Head.
You know, I read about this and heard about this on the news. I sure as hell hope they don’t try to pull this kinda shit here in the U.S. I feel bad for you Aussies. You’d think your government was being led by the Chinese or something!
Um – okay – we’ll let it slide by THIS time! If it weren’t for that little pun at the end there – I probably would have nixed this one. And..considering Thanksgiving is up next here in the U.S. – and – I just LOVE pumpkin pi – these are good tips for pumpkin growers and gardners.
OMG! Too funny – and yet – at the same time – so sad! Is this the next generation to lead our country! Lord help us.
GrrlScientist presents Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Election Eve 2008 Celebration in NYC’s Times Square posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “One of the nice things about living in NYC is the fact that there are often fun things happening that are both spontaneous and free-of-charge. One of those events occurred last evening and continued through the wee hours of today, when I spent election eve in NYC’s Times Square, along with half a million other people.”
You know – when I first read this – the first thing that came to mind was the last South Park episode with half the town celebrating, getting drunk, tipping cars, and puking everywhere (especially after seeing the picture of the guy hanging on the streetlight – that’s EXACTLY what Stan’s dad did, LOL) – while the other half of the town were either hiding in bunkers or killing themselves.
Those are some great pix you have up there. My favorite is the close-up of the police officer. Excellent blend of pix to illustrate your content. I enjoyed your journey!
THIS must be what Biden was talking about! We’ll see, John! I see the cold war starting all over again under an Obama Presidency. I’m sure his weak ass will back off. After all, he’d rather TALK – which won’t mean shit to Putin!
Had a bad day did we Ron? I wish I had done as you and watched some movies instead of torturing myself through the evening watching all of that. My sentiments exactly!
David Lamb presents Riding the Wave of Recession: A history of economic depression in presidential politics posted at Killer Buffalo, saying, “I didn’t realize you did the carnival so often. I’m glad I didn’t miss my chance!”
One of my fellow bloggers from Inside Government! But – oh, David – how dare you try to tell us that Clinton left Bush with a higher debt than he started with! Don’t you know that he left office with a surplus! Rubbish! I guess all those I.O.U.’s in the Social Security till didn’t count! But, with hindsight being 20/20 – I would say that you were spot on with regards to the economic downturn being blamed on Bush as the primary reason McCain lost. Personally, I see Obama doing the same thing as Carter. While he is surrounding himself with Clinton era staff – we already know how that turned out – I think he’s going to make even worse mistakes than Clinton did. I still don’t see how those libs are able to seriously say that we had prosperity during Clinton’s reign. I guess they will always re-write history to slant their way.
Joe Hayes presents Political Jokes posted at Restoring Your Finances and Your Faith, saying, “Some really funny politically oriented jokes, just in time for the Election! Includes Barack Obama and John McCain related humor, and quotes from famous people too.”
I‘ve seen some of these before – others are new! Good one!
Well – since we don’t really have to worry about McCain’s plans – we’ll just have to see what kind of damage Obama can do to our education system. Personally, the first thing I would do is get rid of that No Child Left Behind crap! The fact of the matter is – that program is designed to leave kids behind. They force low performing kids to drop out of high school and encourage them to go for their G.E.D.s instead which gets those from bringing their scores down. Not only that – but rather than teach the kids the basics – the schools are teaching to the test instead.
I think his most dangerous plan is to force ALL student loans through the government – just growing Government again! We know what his unflinching support for Fannie & Freddie did.
Raymond presents My Vote Does Not Matter Because I Do Not Live In A Swing State posted at Money Blue Book.
Personally, I think every vote counts. However, I do agree with you that our Electoral College system of voting needs to either be changed or completely eradicated. But – while you might think your vote doesn’t matter nationally – it DOES matter locally – and – does have an impact nationally when voting for your Representatives and Senators!
GrrlScientist presents Sarah Palin: In her own words posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Sarah Palin’s greatest hits: Proof that all a woman needs to succeed in America is a pretty face and a tight ass.”
I think you guys are being WAAY to hard on Sarah. She’s a lot more intelligent than you guys realize. The problem is that the McCain camp scripted her. I’ve seen her in action prior to her being selected as VEEP. When she’s not scripted – she comes off real classy. There’s a reason why she has a 90% approval rating in her state – and it’s not because she’s hot!
What you may not know is that during the entire election cycle – she held a security clearance higher than both Obama and McCain. She’s briefed daily on the National Security Intelligence because of Alaska’s proximity to Russia. She had inside knowledge that neither Obama or McCain had. Obama is just now getting those daily briefings that she receives every day as the Alaskan governor. The Alaskan National Guard and the U.S. Air Force in Alaska are on 24/7 alert because of Russia. She knows the compliment and capabilities of the entire military forces at her disposal. Russia is a real threat – and – she’s 100% correct when she was talking about Russia in American/Alaskan air space every time the take off. (I have inside knowledge on that as well).
Regarding her comments regarding the job of the VP – according to the U.S. Constitution – she’s 100% correct about that as well! You might want to go back and read that document.
Her biggest problem regarding all those other interviews was that she got caught up in the talking points that she was required to stay on. I hope one day you get an opportunity to see her in action without the cue cards. You might change your opinion about her.
Alli presents Rahm Emanuel Advocates Compulsory Civil Service posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, “As previously reported, then Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama while speaking in Colorado this past July, stated:
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objective that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a “Civilian National Security Force” that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.””
Excellent post Alli. I’ve lived overseas where military service is compulsory. I would hate to see this happen in this country – even in a Civilian National Security Force. Sounds kinda like Hitler’s Brown Shirts to me. Also – wasn’t it JFK that instituted the draft? It seems to me those loony liberals who are supposed to be all about civil liberties and freedom are the first ones to push FORCED service to the country.
Steve Faber presents How Will President Barack Obama Change What You Drive? posted at super gas saver, saying, “One thing about Obama, he has ambition. He also has an agenda to go along with it. A part of that will definitely have an impact on your choice of vehicle in the future.”
Bwahahaha! That’s some pretty funny shit! Oh – wait – you were serious! Hey, I’m all for getting better mileage to the gallon and all – but – not at the expense of our economy. These are some pretty lofty plans that you have outlined over at your place. But, I don’t see it happening – especially the plug-in hybrids. We are sooooo far away from having an efficient fuel-cell battery that 2015 is not even foreseeable. We could have more oil and natural gas in production to fuel this country economically before that would ever happen.
Also – that use it or lose it lease program – in case you aren’t aware – the oil companies would LOVE to lose those leases they have. There’s no oil in them – but – the government forces them to continue to hold on to them and pay them for these bad leases. They’ve been explored and have been found to be empty. The problem is – the government won’t lease the areas that HAVE the oil in them because they don’t want the oil companies drilling. As a consumer – I would LOVE for those oil companies to lose those bad leases as well – it would help to bring down the price of gas.
Anyway – for those of you who don’t know Obama’s plans – this is a great place to find out! See if you agree with it.
DWSUWF presents President Barack Obama – Let the healing begin. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Barack Obama will indeed unify the left with the far left, pull in the moderate left, and be the President that speaks clearly for the entire sweeping 52% mandate they represent. Congratulations to the moderate, centrist, libertarian, and conservative blogging brethren who embraced Obama’s rhetoric of change and hope. You got what you hoped for!”
Oh how correct you are! BTW – I watched that South Park episode the other night. If you haven’t seen the whole thing – it’s freakin hilarious! Now – back to the regularly schedule program. Don’t you just love the way the left is throwing out their olive branches and embracing EVERYONE in this country! You have some great examples there of just how much love the left has and how they will do what they need to do to help unify and bring everyone together for the good of this country! Oh, I sure HOPE when they realize the CHANGE Obama has in mind is not the CHANGE they HOPED for – they don’t start blaming it on we Conservatives – considering we’re the minority now and have absolutely no power in D.C.!
U.S. Common Sense presents Open letter to Barack Obama posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “This one has already been picked up by Reuters and Palm Beach Post. It is a letter welcoming and warning Obama on his entrance into the White House.”
Excellent letter! How the heck do you get picked up by Reuters? This is a great read for all.
Funny stuff – I’d like to add lucky #13 here – Start off everyone one of your statements to your co-workers with “My friend,” and then make sure to reference all other co-workers as “that one.”
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As one of my astute readers mentioned – the media is definitely in the tank for Obama. If you look at all the headlines today – they say Obama won it. I watched that debate intently last night – in my opinion – no one won that debate last night – and the rest of us lost! Here’s my take on it:
The debate was essentially broken up in to two parts – Economic policy and foreign policy. I would have to say that Obama just slightly edged out McCain on the economics side -NOT because I agree with Obama on his plans – but – because he was indeed more poised, more collected, and more prepared. He attacked McCain and he Bush administration consistently and McCain stood there like an idiot through the whole thing. He never once made an attempt to put the blame where it really lies – on government and administrations of the past and present. McCain allowed Obama to get away with some serious lies as it relates to this economic mess. Obama’s plans actually scare the hell out of me – but – because McCain did nothing to support conservative economic principles and could not clearly demonstrate he has a grasp of economics and his energy plan absolutely sucks – I have to give that one to Obama.
However, once they turned to foreign policy, Iraq, Iran, and Russia – Obama was clearly outclassed. McCain came on really strong and consistently talked over Obama – wouldn’t let him get a word in edgewise. McCain proved that Obama is weak on war strategy, foreign policy, and not ready to be the Commander in Chief. Obama made a huge mistake invoking Henry Kissinger. I did the google search myself – couldn’t find it anywhere that Kissinger ever said he was in favor of heads of states coming together unconditionally. McCain’s age and experience was his strongpoint here – and – the fact that he actually knows Kissinger. I get what Obama was trying to say – but – as McCain pointed out – he is just flat out wrong. Obama started to spew some of the loony anti-war lefty lies – and McCain shot him down immediately. I only wish McCain would have done the same during the economic portion of the debate.
Here’s what I learned from this debate:
Obama is very dangerous. He speaks very well and he knows how to prepare for a debate. He also knows how to control the language of a debate. If you don’t shut him down immediately, he can dominate it.
Obama’s economic policy is wrong for this country. He refused to concede that he will not increase spending even after Lehrer kept prodding. He will advance socialist policies and entitlements at our expense.
Obama’s energy policy is also wrong for this country. He is still sticking to a 10 year blueprint – that will be absolutely impossible without nuclear power and without increasing drilling. He said that the U.S. only has 3% of the entire world’s energy resources. I don’t know why McCain didn’t shoot him down on this. Congress has imposed this on us. We currently only PRODUCE 3% of the energy resources. In fact, what we have in natural un-tapped gas, coal, and oil far surpasses any other nations on this planet (with the exception of Russia). The fact is our government refuses to allow us to extract it.
Obama is not ready to be the CINC. He clearly does not understand military strategy or our military. When McCain pointed out that Obama said he would attack Pakistan and said it openly – how did Obama respond? This is too funny – He said that he did not say he would attack Pakistan – he said that if Pakistan wouldn’t help out the U.S. even if we knew exactly where in Pakistan Osama Bin Laden was – he would attack Pakistan. Hmmm? Just gotta scratch my head on that one. Obama also proved he doesn’t get it when they were talking about national security. McCain really did not elaborate exactly what needs to be done – but – he pointed out we have a long way to go. What did Obama do? He told the terrorists where our weaknesses are. Gee thanks Mr. Obama – good going!
McCain – His policies scare the hell out of me as well. He’s a global warmonger himself and would continue to advance that agenda at our expense. He will tax that $5,000 health care benefit. First – the inherent problem here is that he’s giving out $5,000 to people to get their own insurance. Still sounds like an entitlement program to me. While he is still leaving healthcare to the private sector – he’s using government and taxpayer money to advance it.
McCain does not have a grasp on economics at all. He did not clearly lay out a solid plan or even solid conservative ideas regarding the bail out. He’s really weak here. It showed in that he could not provide a good counter to all of Obama’s attacks on him. It almost looked as if he agreed with Obama on much of what he said.
McCain has a good energy policy – except – he needs to expand that plan to include drilling and natural gas extraction in Alaska. I agree, we need to take away the subsidies from the ethanol producers. Ethanol does not work as promised. The only thing it is doing is reducing our food supply. The price of gas continues to rise even though ethanol is being forced on to we consumers at the expense of our engines. Ethanol is going to cost us in more ways than one. But, he’s a global warming hoaxster – I fear he will push this agenda at our expense.
McCain is indeed a good choice for CINC and would be a good leader as far as the GWOT goes and as long as our enemies are concerned. I liked the idea of a coalition of democratic countries handling Iran. He wants to sidestep the U.N. because of the interference coming from Russia and China. Obama wants to include Russia and China and continue working through that failed organization called The Useless Nitwits. This proved to me that Obama is beholden to a global community as far as our national security is concerned.
So – who won this debate? No one. It was a tie. Regardless of what the media says – we the people are smart enough to see through that smokescreen. If we take an honest look at what happened during that debate – neither candidate actually lost that debate – only portions of it. Based on both of their proposed ideas and their ideologies – regardless of who becomes president – we the people will lose out one way or another. Obama proved he’s a socialist and McCain proved he’s a liberal.