Obumble strikes again….and misses…again
The NY Times came out with an article Monday that says Obama has changed his position on both offshore oil drilling, and of siphoning the Federal’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In an interesting twist, it seems Obama finally came to grips with the fact that he will not be elected unless he agrees to abide by the desire of the power that really controls this country. Two stepping around his former stance of not drilling on our offshore shelves, he decided that he’d support a bipartisan effort provided it could be done so in an environmentally sound manner. Hmm. Like that’s a possibility that will happen anytime soon.
First of all, he’s going to have to put Madame Pelosi over his knee and spank her to make her behave. (Now that’s a skit I’d like to see on Saturday Night Live.) She needs to pull in her stubborn streak and decide to act like an elected representative of all the people, not just the ones who donated to her election campaign. Secondly, he’s going to have to come up with a way to keep all of the environmentalists from interfering in the process. And as long as they keep getting funding from the left, that won’t happen.
Obama also changed his stance on refusing to tap the SPR, saying that Bush should draw down 70 million barrels, or ten percent of the supply to alleviate the high price. Lot of problems with that idea though. Number one, the price of gas is already on its way down. In the area where I live it’s dropped about twenty cents a gallon over the last three weeks. Flooding the market will drive the price down and everybody will cheer and hurrah the next president, he hopes anyways, and things will go back to normal.
But the flood will dissipate, and prices will go back up again, and then they’ll have to release more oil from the SPR. And then prices will come down again and so on and so forth, with Obama on one end of the see saw and the taxpayer on the other. Eventually, the SPR will be dry, and where does that leave us? Stuck with a bunch of caves polluted with oily residue, and at the mercy of foreign oil. Pretty much where we are now isn’t it?
Caren Bohan of Reuters quotes Obama
as saying “We have to make a serious, nationwide commitment to developing new sources of energy and we have to do it right away,” And he’s right, we do have to make a serious commitment to developing new sources of energy. The SPR isn’t it. There’s a reason it’s called the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It’s for emergencies, like that can of loose coins and cash you have stored in the basement.
Obama knows that we need a different plan of action, but instead of weaning ourselves into using our own oil, by drilling in ANWR, where the experts know there is oil, or on the coastal shelves, he has consistently camped out with the Ethanol producers. What do I mean by that? On 14 may of 2006, Obama posted on his website an article on the energy issue. I quote here, from Obama’s own website
, the following statements:
1. We need solutions designed to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and bring down prices for good. Washington understands this, but so far our leadership has been unwilling to take the hard steps necessary to confront one of the most pressing economic and national security challenges of the 21st century.
2. Beyond raising CAFE, however, it’s time we replace oil altogether as America’s fuel of choice. This doesn’t just mean singing the praises of ethanol and hoping that it finds its way into our fuel supply on its own. It means taking major steps now to put a national biofuel infrastructure in place.
3. It’s also a time to start making E85 fueling stations more available to the public. Currently, only 681 out of 170,000 fueling stations in America offer E85 pumps. This is not acceptable. Every American should have the choice to fill up their car with E85 at any fueling station.
4. Finally, we should reduce the risk of investing in renewable fuels by providing loan guarantees and venture capital to those entrepreneurs with the best plans to develop and sell biofuels.
This was from early 2006, before the hysteria over the current oil hysteria began. Makes me wonder, exactly who is pulling the strings here? Obama or the alternative fuels industries? Check the money trail.
, on 11 July quoted Obama as telling us, in a speech that “The price of a barrel of oil is now one of the most dangerous weapons in the world,” … “Tyrants from Caracas to Tehran use it to prop up their regimes, intimidate the international community and hold us hostage to a market that is subject to their whims.” So, he(Obama) knows the situation concerning world oil, yet rather than take an intelligent stand, he wants to jump right into a barrel of ethanol and take a bath.
This ethanol, by the way is responsible for the tremendous growth in non-food agriculture, resulting in a fertilizer cloud the size of Massachusetts in the gulf of Mexico,
destroying the marine environment, reducing the available cropland for food production,
thus increasing food prices to catastrophic levels in some countries, taking land out of conservation status
causing further environmental destruction,
and so on.
I could go on, but I won’t. hopefully you’ll get the picture. Socialism, regulation, higher taxes and stagnation on the one hand, freedom, lower taxes and growth on the other. Which will you choose come November?