Posts Tagged ‘gas’
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.
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.
Please watch the whole thing. This guy makes so much sense – pretty much what we all have been saying. A little message to both sides of the aisle. Please pass this on…everyone needs to see this.
Well, even though about 80% of this country is telling Congress to drill for more oil to help increase the supply whereby lowering costs, and after they plan on voting against the Federal gas-tax holiday (which in my opinion was a gimmick to begin with) we now have Dems that are going to propose a gas-tax hike! And – not by just a little bit either! Two Dem Representatives are currently toying with the idea of a 55% increase in the Federal Gas Tax to make up for shortfalls (due to their economic policies) in transportation and highway budgets.
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. James Oberstar, and the chairman of the highway subcommittee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, presented fellow lawmakers with a list of how many jobs and how much money each state would lose. It ranged from $30 million and 1,000 jobs in Vermont to $664 million and 23,000 jobs in California.
Why do you think these people might be losing their jobs? Surely, it can’t have anything to do with the increased prices in oil and gas could it?
Just three years ago, that trust fund enjoyed a surplus of $10 billion. Even without a tax freeze, the fund is projected to finish 2009 with a deficit of $3 billion. That that could grow as Americans drive less and buy less gas because of higher pump prices.
Oh – I guess it does! So – because the increased price of gas, Americans are actually conserving and using less – so – your idea to fix the problem is what? To raise the price of gasoline even further? You guys really are morons! Gee – don’t you think that would just force people to cut back even further leaving greater shortfalls? It doesn’t take an economic genius to figure that out!
If they do raise taxes on gas, forcing more people to use less and less gasoline, we’ll just be put in to a never-ending tax cycle – prices go up, people use less, the Feds want more, so they tax more – which means prices go up, people use less, the Feds want more, so they tax more – which means……
That message carried the day this summer. But now Congress has the bigger task of dealing with the short-term deficit crisis in the fund and coming up with a new spending plan, including revisiting the gas tax issue, when the current six-year, $286 billion highway-transit act expires in September 2009.
Senate Democrats in May tried to add $5 billion to an aviation overhaul bill to replenish the highway trust fund next year; Republicans objected. Democrats tried again in June, but this time for $8 billion; Republicans objected to that, too.
Congress should first reduce spending on pet projects, known as earmarks, argued Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. “I’m not going to let the Senate spend all this money when nobody is looking, especially when we refuse to stop wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on earmarks.”
Well – at least we have one smart individual up there that actually thinks these things through!
Oberstar, D-Minn., said his committee is working on the next long-term highway bill. He estimated it will take between $450 billion and $500 billion over six years to address safety and congestion issues with highways, bridges and transit systems.
“We’ll put all things on the table,” Oberstar said, but the gas tax “is the cornerstone. Nothing else will work without the underpinning of the higher user fee gas tax.”
BUT the gas tax “is the cornerstone…” He used that as a BUT? He said it was the cornerstone – you know – the foundation builder – essentially – he is saying that nothing else they do up there in Congress will work unless they increase the gas tax. Idiots! No, wait – FREAKIN IDIOTS!
At the very least, the gas tax should be indexed to construction cost inflation, DeFazio said
Gee – what do you think is at the root of the increased construction costs? Could it be transportation and delivery costs of materials? Could it be production costs for those materials? Don’t you think any of that is tied to the increased prices in oil and gas? The article claims it is increased demand by China for construction supplies. Oh, really? And, China only recently has increased their demand? I don’t think so! We’re not that stupid!
Again – you freakin idiots don’t get it! Drop the price of the oil by increasing supply and all the associated costs go down with it! Again – this puts it in an unending tax cycle – increase the gas tax – which increases contruction costs – which if the tax is indexed to the increase in construction costs – means we increase the gas tax – which increases construction costs – which if the tax is indexed to the increase in construction costs – mans we increase the gas tax – which means……see..get the point?
Including state and local levies, people in the U.S. pay about 47 cents on average in taxes for a gallon of gasoline. Fuel in many European countries costs $8 to $9 a gallon, with half or more of that going to taxes.
Ummm…so freakin what? Do you really think we Americans really give a rat’s ass how much those Europeans are paying at the pump? Why should anything they do over there have anything to do at all with our policies? Freakin’ lib dems always looking overseas to dictate American policy. Again – so freakin what!
Other ideas that will be on the table when lawmakers write a bill next year including more toll roads and public-private partnerships, congestion pricing and user fees where drivers pay a tax based on how many miles they drive.
So -not only would they increase the gas tax, they want to charge each of us a user fee for driving our damned cars? If that’s the case, what incentive is that for anyone to switch to those “eco-friendly” cars? Any savings they get from the gas pump by purchasing less gas will be eaten up by that stupid-assed user fee.
Seriously – we need to kick all those idiots out of Congress. They sure as hell don’t care about we little people who actually have to pay for our own gas!
UPDATE – Guess I wasn’t the only one posting about this today – Here’s Bradley’s take on it: Lawmakers Want Higher Gas Tax