Going Green by Starving America of Oil

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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A gallon of regular gas in Caracus,Venezuella, costs 12 cents. In Saudi Arabia, gas is at 91 cents a gallon. So, why, when we have more fossil fuel deposits in America on shore and off shore than either of those countries, are we paying $4.00 a gallon or higher? Could it be unbounded politics?

As an op-ed piece in the Wall Street journal put it: “For decades—going back to Jimmy Carter—politicians have been peddling an America free of fossil fuels…” President Obama has raised the anti-petroleum ghost to a new level of fear linked to the misguided theory of global warming.

To satisfy his left-wing base of narrow-minded environmentalists, along with his own twisted ideals, Obama’s administration has blocked drilling for oil and gas, proposed new taxes on oil companies, and called for costly restraints on carbon emissions while persistently touting the ethereal promise of green energy.

Although the bloated Federal budget, deficit, and debt are drawing the focus of political Washington, our stifling energy policy is contributing to the economic conditions which, in turn, influence our spending and debt as well as our high unemployment.

Increased access to domestic oil and natural gas—rather than increased taxes on the U.S. oil and gas industry—is the best strategy for increasing government revenue, jobs and energy production, according to a new study by Wood MacKenzie, the global research and consulting firm.

What the political know-it-alls won’t tell the public is that America has more recoverable fossil fuel resources than any other country on earth. More than any Middle Eastern country, more than Russia, more than China, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reported recently. It compared various countries in terms of estimated amounts of oil and gas discovered or existing in unexplored areas but considered recoverable using present technology.

The CRS estimate of oil and gas doesn’t even include coal, with U.S. reserves of 262 billion tons. That’s 28 percent of the world’s coal. It doesn’t attempt to quantify the new frontier of methane hydrate (methane locked in ice). This gas source has “immense” energy potential, possibly exceeding the combined energy content of all known fossil fuels, according to the Congressional Research Service. It could eventually be available if the environmentalists of the Left will permit it.

Nor are shale oil deposits included in the CRS estimate. Shale oil and gas are being uncovered rapidly with the new technology of fracking—pumping water and chemicals at high pressure far below the surface to break up the shale and release gas.

The environmental extremists are already whining about fracking, claiming the drilling fluids applied to get the oil and gas from deep shale formations contain carcinogens hazardous to clean water.

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  • SECREV

    Wrong again. The truth is—'starving america of oil by (excuse of) going green. Remember, green is not the goal. Destroying america is.

    • scum

      you sure are silly

    • Ken

      The story is right and so are you.

  • STFU

    Please tell me where you can purchase one of these mythical multi fuel automobiles for a mere $100 more than a gasoline powered engine.

    • Tanstaafl

      Go to Brazil.

    • Tanstaafl

      Brazil.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I remember when the BP oil spill first happened; you could have sworn the sky was falling there was so much doom and gloom. One year later, everything is back to normal, the beaches are not only clean but also full of tourists and the seafood and fishing industries are back in full swing and today you can scarcely tell a spill ever happened.

    • Ken

      If people would realize how much water is in the Gulf of Mexico and salt and oil eating bacteria they may not have been so alarmed. Every year more oil seeps out or leaks from the gulf floor than what leaked from that one oil rig. How about the more than 30,000 wells in the gulf that hasn'nt leaked?

  • Big Tom

    When oil prices reached the current ones during the Bush administration, the press, congress and the public wanted investigations and claimed Bush was profiting. Now, not a peep from the media or congress, and this moron of a president says; "we should get used to it". We have much larger oil reserves than anyone in the world. If only allowed to drill, we would be self sufficient and prices would be about $1.50/gal.. However, the minute minority of wacko green nuts have such an influence on Congress, that we have to suffer at the hands of the arabs and speculators.

    • scum

      That's because 40 people in his administration had DIRECT ties to Big Oil, Bro…

  • scum

    Seems to me he opened up the Gulf for drilling, and, well, look what happened: Cheney was determined to show us how he planned to destroy the world. Did a damned good job of it, too. And by the way, not all of that gas would stay here. Big Oil is global, so it could end up anywhere.

    • kevinS

      do you really believe what you write? Or are you paid to file comments?

  • scum

    I know, right! Look how they destroyed the Gulf! Oh, wait a minute, it was you guys…

  • scum

    Only an idiot would say something like that. Don't you remember Cheney's secret energy meeting, of which we still don't have access to the minutes? The idea that the 'Left' controls energy policy is BS. If the Left did, the SUV would never have been legalized, and look how that destroyed the energy reserves for future generations. If you don't believe me, look at the MPG of the average SUV of 4 years ago. Yet another crime of Reagan's, allowing SUV's to be classified as 'trucks' to avoid good gas mileage requirements.

  • scum

    Yea, for about 10 years, until it all runs out. What's your plan for the next 500 years after the earth is destroyed and the crude runs out? That's what I thought, you have NO PLAN WHATSOEVER…

    • Doug

      You are aptly named. There are hundreds of years of supply of those things. Tell me which one of your idols has a 500 year plan? Why would we have one? Stupid.

    • Ken

      You are a Idiot, there is no fossil fuel only Abiotic oil, get enlightened. The Russians have for 60 years. Check out their Peer-reviewed. The earth makes oil all the time and we will never run out…..

    • tanstaafl

      We are the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, ethanol and methanol are sustainable and in 500 years, if mankind hasn't developed a better way to store energy………..

  • Fred

    Part of the recent gasoline price increase is due to the Treas & Fed printing money. Look at the prices of commodities and farmland. Even the Canadian dollar is doing better than the greenback. The investigation into high gas prices ought to start at the Fed & Treas then proceed to the EPA, with their new restrictions on drilling and refineries.

  • Ken

    The Russians are not number one in the production of oil and natural gas for nothing, they know it is not fossil fuel but abiotic. Which means the earth makes it all the time and we will never run out of oil. I think God had something to do with that.

  • Steve Chavez

    WHAT IF 100 YEARS AGO, animal rights activists screamed "Save the Horses from Animal Abuse?" What LOGICAL alternative was there to the horse and buggy? "Everyone must buy a Model-T!" Who could afford one and since gasoline engines were barely being invented and there were very few gas stations, YOU COULD STILL ONLY GO SIXTY MILES BEFORE YOU NEEDED A FILL-UP!!! Obama's alternative, the electric car, only gets SIXTY MILES per charge. IS THAT THE LOGICAL ALTERNATIVE? I could see if that MIRACLE NEW INVENTION that powers the cars currently on road with only a Conversion Kit, not unlike Freon AC's, that GASOLINE SHOULD SKYROCKET FORCING PEOPLE TO CONVERT to the miracle new formula! Electric and Hybrid cars, with their current battery, IS NOT THE ANSWER BUT OBAMA WANTS TO FORCE US TO SPEND MONEY ON THIS FRAUD? Ethanol that takes two gallons of gasoline to make one gallon of ethanol is the answer even while food supplies are skyrocketing too? Wind and Solar is a fraud? THE NEW REVOLUTIONARY INVENTION HAS IS NOT BEEN REALIZED but there is a possible battery that can help if the inventors dream is realized and that is the "BLOOM ENERGY." Its inventor says one battery, the size of a book, could power a European home and two for U.S. homes. Large companies like EBAY are using refrigerator sized batteries. Can they be put into the car and most importantly, IN THE CARS WE NOW OWN? What would we do with all gasoline cars if this battery worked and we are forced to buy a new one? Landfills poisoning the Earth?

  • BS77

    calling oil a "fossil fuel" is a big error. Oil occurs naturally within the earth's crust, some at depths of twenty miles, deeper than any old dinosaur remains…..Oil is like oxygen or water, part of the earth's geology…….there is an ocean of oil beneath our feet waiting to be pumped out , refined into high octane gas, and then put into the gas tanks of big horsepower American muscle cars. YAY!!!!

  • Texasron

    Eliminate all subsidies. We subsidize ethanol which only does harm to our environment, increases food costs, and damages engines. Oh yes, it also destroys fuel mileage. All this for some lefty environmentalist who didn't know any better but congress went along.

  • Ima Walker

    Maybe if Americans didn't spend so much time sitting in their cars they wouldn't need to much fuel and they wouldn't be so fat and costing their taxpayers so much in health care costs because they're so fat. An American will drive 2 minutes up the road to go to the store (more likely McDonald's) rather than walk. It's just one more symptom of a lazy nation. Sorry guys.

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