The answer from the moonbat left is easy....It’s Chavez by a wide margin. That way not only to we get to punish big oil but we get an up and comming socialist dictator hero to worship. After all, Castro as wonderful and true a hero as the left could ever want isn’t going to be around for ever.
The Democrats will continue to play the evil-oil card for all they are worth, because it has worked so well for them, and the media will continue to eagerly push the Communist line and shut out the truth.
They are the ones chiefly at fault for our current mess, but I would also fault President Bush for not pushing more strongly for his sensible energy plan. He had a majority in congress for six years, but he never twisted any arms or bothered to explain why it was so important that we should open the north slope for drilling and why we should ease the crippling regulations on refineries. He let Lincoln Chaffee kill drilling in Alaska by one vote, and then gave him money for his primary campaign. It was not skillfully handled.
Also, someone should point out that “Big Oil” is no longer big oil. Even ExxonMobil is dwarfed by the state controlled oil companies in Russia and elsewhere around the world. The Seven Sisters, now sadly reduced, no longer have more than a small piece of the oil market. And that is rapidly decreasing, even while the Democrats play political games and the President shrugs.
Increased CO2 is a plus for plant growth, and thus food production. We should not discourage it.
“..electricity or hydrogen..”
Proper containment of hydrogen at high pressure is a bitch - smallest known molecule in the universe.
That is incorrect. We have vast stores of energy in this country via coal, shale oil, and nuclear power which could provide every watt we need if it were politically acceptable. The hardcore leftists are also the hardcore environmentalists and oppose every effort for us to achieve energy independence. They want this country to fail. That is their objective.
The real beauty of nuclear power is that it can generate the electricity we need and using "breeder reactors" the fuel available can be measured in hundreds of years. The one thing that shale oil and coal to liquid hydrocarbons need is a lot of heat to extract the hydrocarbons and or convert them to liquid hydrocarbons. Nuclear power can provide this heat. Nuclear, coal, and shale oil energy can give us independence.
We do not have an energy problem we have a political problem.
It was a good article from the writer. He got my attention. Which means I need to see another article before I write him off as a blind squirrel.
Now he should write an article about how we should drill ANWR, liquify coal and build a few nuke plants.
That will keep me coming back for more.
Hey Houston Chronicle, This is how you sell newspapers.
Yes, indeed. They will pay and pay.
Any place which has a “Citgo” sign out front isn’t any place I’d even stop to take a leak, much less purchase ANYTHING.
No wait, lets all grow our own food, build our own houses and cars and machines, kiss off the phone and communications industries, do our own medical care, make our own antibiotics, shovel our own manure from all the low carbon footprint horses, etc., etc., etc. It was such a big success in China during the “Giant Leap Forward” wasn’t it? Everybody can make steel in their own back yards.
That’ll make everything more efficient and “environmentally “green” and correct won’t it?
“Big Oil”? It belongs to America, the UK and Western civilization. We found it, we got it out of the ground, we developed it, it belongs to us.
Screw the 3rd world. Their misery is their own damn fault because of their stupid religions, lousy repressive governments and their lousy choices.
I get tired of the rantings over big oil, would we rather the biggest oil co. in the world were somewhere other than the USA so we could be sending all this money overseas.
It is a great article.
Big oil isn’t the problem. The problem is big stupid government. Government should get out of the way and allow the oil companies to exploit our oil resources in ANWR and offshore. The environmental and political risk of US oil is far less than that of foreign oil. We need to streamline and ease the process of allowing new refineries in the United States.
We do not need complete energy independence. Just a little more US oil and refining would greatly improve our national security. Prices are set at the margin and small changes in supply may have a significant impact on price. That would piss off Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. De-funding communists and Jihadists is a good thing.