The following is my opinion, and if you agree, feel free to bookmark or pass this on.
Gasoline dropped .25 cents a gallon in the past 2 weeks, and it seems it is the “thank you” from the oil companies to congress and President Bush for allowing them to drill offshore. Trump and Kennedy stopped the wind farms off their prospective turfs (Jones Beach state park in NY, and Hyannisport, MA), but seem oddly quiet about the prospect of big oil rigs in the distance. Perhaps they are too far South (Florida, Texas, etc) for them to care.
While Wall Street is rallying, I must confess my distrust of this action – The oil companies sell Alaskan oil to Japan, and our offshore oil will most likely have a similar fate – although China and India seem to be the likely customers.
The real solution is clear – We MUST stop importing $700 BILLION dollars worth of oil into this country every year. Fellow Americans, the oil supply is going to be USED UP. Our dollars are not helping American industry, but oil Sheiks and corporations who are using part of their profit to finance terrorism and religious extremists. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, using Solar, Wind, Tidal, and Geothermal technology to replace oil is an idea that has come. This winter the average home will use $4,000 to $10,000 worth of energy, oil/gas/or coal. We need, as a people, to start using conservation and alternative fuels immediately.
After the November Presidential election, when the Oil lobby continues its shameless pursuit of unfair advantage (Oil company subsidies, tax advantages, etc.) we should be prepared and un-surprised when oil continues to hit new highs.
I urge you, and your friends, family, and colleagues, to push, write, endorse, and shout to our elected officials that OUR needs HAVE to be met; The VOTORS and all the people of this country need relief in the form of an ENERGY POLICY FOR SELF SUFFICIENCY.
WE ARE 50 YEARS BEHIND IN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY. We are years behind in Solar and Wind technology. Our Nuclear technology is old and needs rethinking, and the political and technical hurdles must be overcome for these tools to be updated and brought to the forefront of our thinking.
Enough grandstanding for the Oil companies, they got their offshore drilling, “what’s in it for us”?
Alan Chenkin has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. His thesis was published in 1979 on “Solar Energy and the Federal Government”. He is an expert in document imaging and workflow technologies, and is concerned about the current state of our economy with regards to Energy, Jobs, and the lack of responsibility in Government and Corporate America.