titleist1 wrote:From a short term perspective, that may be correct. One other longer term view to consider is that OPEC would like to keep their oil prices low enough to discourage our own oil production as well as other technology from being developed. If we say we are willing to start offshore drilling or recovering oil shale deposits or developing wind & solar because it is now economically advantageous at $130 / barrel they take notice. They certainly don't want us to wean ourselves off their oil.
Richard S. wrote:One of the point you're missing here Devil beside lowering costs is for every drop of oil we produce ourselves that's one less we need from someone else.
Richard S. wrote:it's possible the largest oil field in the world could be right off our shores but because they can't even do exploratory drilling we'd never know it.
Richard S. wrote:Every drop of oil we produce ourselves is one less we need from foreign oil, its a simple fact.
Richard S. wrote:Yes but in the meantime as we move forward with new technologies our need for foreign oil becomes smaller and we no longer need it as much from them. Eventually you'll hit a point where you can flip them the bird and say no thanks.
Richard S. wrote:Weaning us off foriegn oil within 10 years especially without bringing new oil into the supply chain is the biggest fairy tale of them all. Do you think all the new cars going on the market now are going to disappear? What about the millions of trucks, trains etc..... Whats he going to do outlaw them? Maybe propose stricter environmental legislation outlawing inefficient vehicles... It's impossible. If they marketed a car right now that used no oil for energy it would take 2 decdes before it saturated the market and that's beside the fact they don't have one even let alone large transportation vehicles.
That's not weaning, that's taking drastic measures that will inevitably destroy the American way of life. The infrastucture for oil has been built up over the last century, it has evolved with oil. Replacing it with something else in a decade is a pipe dream and very dangerous one at that..
chemung wrote:Right now our (U.S.) national security concerning energy is in jeopardy.
Oil production has been on the decline since 2005. The emergence of India and China has placed increasing demand on a depleting source.
Our present dependence on foreign oil is an extreme risk to our national security. Risks like having to transport oil from it's origin to here. Having no direct control of energy costs and issues that affect the price. And did I mention the reliability of our present sources coming from the Middle East and countries considered unstable or unfriendly.
Do any of you remember why Japan invaded the US? ENERGY, coal, rubber, oil, etc. At that time Japan was emerging and industrializing. She began expanding through out Southeast Asia. Only one Naval Force was considered a threat to her so Japan planned the attack of Pearl Harbor.
Increased drilling and refining of domestic oil and the development of wind, solar, nuclear, hydro, biofuels are a few things we can do to make us energy secure. Another is to make the development of clean coal technologies a national priority.
Along with developing the energy sources available to us today we also need to involve private and national laboratories and technology centers financed by or under the Department of Energy researching innovative energy ideas.
This is not a political issue. It does not matter if either the old man or the empty suit said it first. It is a matter of our national security and our sovereignty.