Has anyone heard anything on the nightly news (cable or otherwise) about a balanced approach to the current energy crisis? It is about as obvious as the elephant in the room that nobody seems to notice. Doesn't common sense dictate that a two-fold solution is the only viable one? Lest anyone should be deluded about the high price of foreign oil, take notice of the operative word 'FOREIGN'. The current economic crisis is caused solely by the purchase of foreign oil to the tune of 700 billion dollars annually, 3 times the cost of the entire Iraq War. I say drill here, drill now and at the same time, provide incentives to the private sector (that would be tax breaks to those of you who are registered Democrats) to develop realistic alternative energy solutions, not some pie-in-the-sky oratory by Al Gore who probably never had a real job in his whole life. It would take a windmill farm the size of Connecticut just to provide New York City with it's electrical needs. Of course we could demand that the current residents of Kansas leave their homes so that we can build a giant solar grid array and locate it centrally in the Country. Nuclear power plants are not only clean and safer than 30 years ago, they are also cheap compared to any other source. Did I mention that we have enough coal in the U.S. to power all of the current coal-fired plants for the next 100 years? It is high time for the citizens in this country to wake up and not be taken in by these Environmental-Communists and DEMAND realistic solutions to our current energy crisis. We need to stop the flow of U.S Dollars to countries that don't even like us (nor we them). No reasonable person is against developing alternate energy sources, but such massive changes in infrastructure alone will take 20 years. We can't wait that long. The most recent propaganda spiel being bantered about by the anti-oil Chicken Littles is that 'Big Oil' is sitting on non-producing oil leases. How stupid do they think we are? If these so-called GREEDY oil companies have all of this vast acreage of non-producing oil leases, does anyone really believe that with the price of oil about $130 a barrel that they wouldn't be pumping oil with everything they have? I distinctly remember that when Nancy 'I'm Totally Clueless' Pelosi took over as Speaker of the House in 2006, the price of gasoline was about $2.60 a gallon. Ms Pelosi was outraged. She swore on a stack of Bibles, 2 Korans and a Torah that she would do everything in her power to bring the price of gasoline down! Gas costs about $4.40 now. Duh. She has the unmitigated gall to call George Bush a failure.
Has anyone considered that even if giant wind farms and solar grid arrays could be built in a reasonable amount of time that the same environmental lunatics who protest and sue over oil wells and forest management will also protest and sue over windmills and solar panels in areas that they deem off limits? It is time for level headed people to stand up and be counted. Enough of this liberal wrongheadedness. While many honest well meaning people are involved with this agenda of destroying the current economic status of the United States may be good intentioned, the results will be disastrous.
Who cares if other countries don't like Americans? Personally, I don't believe that. If they hate us so much, why do they pour in annually in such numbers that we needed to regulate legal immigration. Oh yeah, it's not the people of the U.S. that they don't like, it's the government. Huh? They hate the most generous government of the Free World? What government gives as much money to Africa for Aids and malnutrition. Oh they don't like our use of 25% of the world's oil. Well, for the uninformed, we produce 25% of the World GNP, a little stated fact. That is correct, we (3% of the World's population) produce 25% of the World GNP. The United States is also the World's largest producer of Almonds, Blueberries, Cow Milk, Cranberries, Grapefruit, Green Corn (Maize), Sorghum, Soybeans, Strawberries and String Beans.
According to the United Nations Agricultural Database (Statistics Division) also lists the United States as the second highest producer of Apples, Cherries, Eggs, Honey, Hops, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Oranges, Pistachios, Spinach, Tomatoes and Walnuts.
The U.S. is the third largest producer of Asparagus, Avocados, Carrots, Grapes. Hazelnuts, Linseed, Oats, Peaches, Pears, Green Peas, Raspberries, Safflower Seed, Onions, Sugar Beets and Wheat. Etc., etc., etc.
How many C.A.R.E. packages are shipped out of the U.S. per year? How many countries does the Red Cross operate? Does anyone believe that the majority of the World's population hates America? Ask a South Korean, ask an Israeli, ask a Ukrainian, ask an Armenian, ask a Filippino, ask an Afghan or any purple fingered Iraqi. How many countries ever said thank you or ever paid back their share of the cost of WWI or WWII? Are there really American citizens who lie awake at night wondering why the French don't like us? How many American citizens really care if the Europeans don't like us? I've seen on the blogs that some foreigners consider the US a 'laughing-stock'. Who was laughing when we landed a man on the moon? Who was laughing when we received transmissions from the Mars Landers? Who was laughing as they viewed in awe the photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope? Who was laughing when Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate challenging M. Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall'? I could go on.....