This article is in response to: http://www.parispi.net/articles/2011/03/11/opinion/columns/doc4d7a4dc2c600c090708312.txt
I do know that this argument is a highly divisive argument. That is fact. There are other facts and factors that this article didn't deal with, however. Those failures would be okay, but they are too important to not interject, so as to make viable decision later. While it is true that we could produce 30% of our own oil usage, this is a dangerous thing for the environment, in total. Yes, the facts cited are what they say they are, but those citations also need to be backed up with the overall context of what is really happening.
This article maintains that Oil and Coal are the only viable sources of energy that we have. This would be errant at best, and is most likely totally fabricated by the extremist right. This article also cites a known group of people that are pro-oil. Let me show you where. "The Heritage Foundation (www.heritage.org) recently compiled a study of “Ten Things you Need to Know About High Gas Prices and Obama’s Oil Policy." This cites The Heritage Foundation, which is a subsidiary of the Koch Brothers. This is known to all, because of the recent outrage by some on the left over Justice Thomas's wife being involved with them. The Koch Brothers are best known as multi-billionaires that have used funding for mainly the Tea Party candidates, outspending all other campaign contributions by 3 to 1. (http://blogs.forbes.com/clareoconnor/2011/03/10/billionaires-list-koch-brothers-right-wing-bankrollers/) Further, in Wisconsin, Governor Walker received a fake phone call that was supposedly David Koch (one of the Koch Brothers) in which it was revealed that Gov. Walker had not only received financing from the Koch Brothers, but also was going to make "no bid" contracts with them, at considerably lower cost than if "Open Contracts" had been allowed. This, however, isn't what the article about, rather I was attempting to show you the biasness of this article, in general.
This is really the answer to the authors question. If we allow our oil supplies to be tapped right now, then sometime in the future, whether immediate or not, we will eventually run out, in the USA. Oil isn't a renewable energy source, so the basic premise of this article would be false. We have to, at some time, have an alternative energy source other than oil and coal. "My people die for a lack of vision." That in essence what this argument is all about. Are we going to leverage oil and Coal as a future energy source, or are we going to squander the resources we have now? I believe, and this is just my opine, that we should take the suffering now, and have a more prosperous future for our children.
Let me explain this further. The Saudi's and other OPEC groups have been placing the price of Oil Barrels for a long time. Eventually, they will run out of oil. This is known fact. They have been making literally billions of dollars in net profits off of the overconsumption of oil that the USA has come to be known for. We, also, pay the lowest per gallon price in the world because of it. Now, here is the good part. Do we eventually want that money, plus more back, or do we, as a nation, want to squander that in the present to make those prices lower now?
It's a funny thing to have to consider, but this is one of the things to consider whenever we talk about Energy and its consumptions. This, however, isn't the only reason that some people don't want oil and coal to be tapped at the present. Although, it is one of the reasons to be taken into consideration. Another thing that this article eludes to is that deregulations are a good thing for businesses. This is fallacy, of the highest. Let me give you an example of why regulated capitalism is a good thing for the economy. In 1980, when Ronald Reagan was still in campaign mode, he made a statement that deregulations would help with the Housing Market. During his tenure as our President, he started to deregulate the banking industry to allow for a freer Housing Market. This created a Housing market bubble. This, in turn, allowed that bubble to collapse. That is one of the reasons we are coming out of the worst Economic Failure in the history of the USA.
I can only hope that I have enlightened some of the readers as to why this article, while accurate on its face, is not accurate overall.