Cassity: Don't listen to 'enviro-wackos' about oil

October 11, 2012|By Chuck Cassity

Gas prices, as this is written, are $4.69 for regular. In Northern California, it's as much as a buck more. If you own an SUV, a pickup or a large family sedan, this means more than $100 to fill up.

Elections have consequences. This is just one of them.

We all know where the president of the United States stands on the subject of energy. Coal, oil, diesel, gasoline and natural gas: bad.

Wind, solar, bio-fuels, algae, bicycles, Nikes and every other form of so-called "green" energy: good.

Barack Obama has made it clear that he wants to shut down coal mines, keep new ones from opening, stop oil drilling everywhere, but especially on public lands, and minimize or eliminate altogether fracking of rock-incarcerated gases.


He tried to pass a cap and trade plan through Congress while he had complete control over both houses. He was unsuccessful because this way to buy and sell carbon credits is ludicrous. A similar little plan has more than doubled Spain's unemployment rate.

He is against drilling in the Gulf, having tried to end it entirely, off either coast and in the Arctic, and the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring almost 700,000 barrels of new oil daily from Canada all the way to the Texas refineries. This pipeline would employ more than 20,000 union workers almost immediately and mean more than $8 billion a year in new revenue, all without a single dollar of taxpayer money being "invested."

He has shown us all his antipathy toward this plan by refusing to sign off on it, even though the unions love it and it had already gone through more than three years of exhaustive review and approval by the State Department.

Why? Because donor-rich groups of enviro-wackos simply hate anything to do with fossil fuels. And they give Democrats even more money than do the unions. Shocker.

Through all of this Mr. Obama has looked us straight in the face and said he's for an "all-of-the-above" strategy regarding the search for and the production of energy. Apparently he's a proponent of the "a lie told often enough becomes the truth" school of political leadership.

In fact, one of the most bold-faced and easily disproved falsehoods he utters is that we Americans possess only 2% of the world's oil, yet we use 20% of all energy.

The truth? We have much more than 2% of oil reserves and under the president, drilling on the public lands he controls is down more than 36%.

I hear you saying, "We want some proof!" OK, here's the proof.

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