Skip to comments.Former spy chief urges oil cutback [R. James Woolsey]
Posted on 12/02/2007 10:44:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv
"We should not just try to import less oil," the former CIA director under former President Clinton told a Miami audience Sunday. "We should destroy oil as a strategic commodity" that allows oil exporting nations to hold monopoly power... Woolsey's wide-ranging speech went from describing how Americans' dollars at the gas pumps made their way to fundamentalist Islamic institutions to illustrating advances in solar energy technology that make it more efficient and affordable... Among his suggestions was California's decision to decouple energy company profits from sales two decades ago, keeping the state's electricity consumption flat while the rest of the states have experienced a 60 percent increase. He also cited Wal-Mart for reducing electricity consumption by 20 percent to 25 percent at its stores, a giant savings considering that 70 percent of the world's electricity is used by buildings other than homes... Woolsey also made a pitch for new battery-powered, flex-fuel cars that could be recharged during off-peak periods of electricity costs... On the malignant side, oil and coal consumption are contributing to global warming, which could accelerate at any point. The U.S. electricity grid and world oil supplies also face threats from terrorists and not just glitches that can now cause massive power outages in the interconnected grid.
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We should switch over to an Al Gore-based fuel economy. We should be able to run everything on melted-down copies of An Inconvenient Truth and burning Earth in the Lurch and Assault on Reason copies for centuries.
I guess Woolsey missed that whole California energy crises thing - the one that cost Gray Davis his job. Shortages are what happens when you try to "decouple profits from sales".
Say, isn’t that what Chavez is trying to do?
Then tell your enviro wacko ninnies to stop interfering with development of our own resources, Alaska, shale, and development of resources of our eastern coasts, including the huge methane ice deposits that have the potential to supply all our gas needs for centuries to come.
As far as silly solar panels go, quit daydreaming. They just aren't viable, and most likely never will be. But you can go ahead and staple them all over the city if you want to, but I'm telling you now, they'll look like hell and bring about many an eyesore complaint. And there is that other problem with them. They don't last very long, about 5 years before they need replacing, and don't work at all when the sun doesn't shine, which is every evening, and when it's cloudy.
What else do you need to make solar panels more useable? Lots of lead acid batteries, which guess what? don't last forever either. We have a long ways to go to invent a more practical and environmentally friendly storage device for that electricity, and those environmental disasters they put under the hood of a prius isn't the answer either. The manufacture of each prius battery causes more environmental damage that running 10 Humvies for their entire life expectancy. If you don't think so just go look around the nickel mines in Ontario and Flin Flon in northern Manitoba, The processing plants in Germany where the nickel is processed, and the processing plant in Japan where they prius batteries are made from that material.
Some nuclear plants will really help while we develop our own oil and gas resources and other renewable biological industries which could help reduce the amount of oil we use.
Not to mention large supplies of Al Gore blubber and unlimited supplies of Al Gore hot air.
No Wooly, our electric grid is a overburdened disaster because of the leftist environmentalist terrorist attacks it has been constantly bombarded by for decades now, which have left it horribly overburdened, and in need of massive upgrading and expansion. The problem is, the C holling earth worm has "rights" so we can't stick a transmission tower anywhere.
We could reduce our oil consumption by 75% and all our suppliers would have to do is close the spigots accordingly. We would still be at their mercy.
What we need to do is drill for oil in Alaska and Colorado and offshore.
Only 15- 17% of our oil comes from the middle east.
Opening up offshore drilling will easily replace them.
Me thinks the masses are having games played with them.
(Generate phony crisis, then manipulate.)
Less than 2% of the nations electric is generated by oil.
I say we decouple Chavez's heavy oil from being processed into something useable at American based oil refineries, and decouple American dollars for Argentinian walnuts and pomegranates from flowing into that pint-sized Kim Jong il wanna be's hands. See how long it takes his own people to string that angry little munchkin up.
Someone who get’s it.
Cut off Chavez’s oil from his own refineries (Citgo) and
let Venezuela dry up with a fuel crisis.
(He cant refine it in Venezuela).
But what would happen to the Kennedy oil business?
Hard Times for Teddy and clan?
Al Gore is a howl-at-the-moon loonie. Woolsey is a "praise the Lord and pass the ammunition" energy security guy. I'm sorry Bush didn't appoint him to something -- he's served in two prior Republican administrations so he swings both ways, but perhaps after CIA Director there's nothing much left to offer.
Oil, coal, we could easily replace them all with a few nuclear power plants. The problem is our old and crumbling electricity grid, under attack for decades now by enviro-terrorists, is already overtaxed, and needs to be upgraded and expanded to meet our near future needs, and it has to start happening yesterday.
As far as oil goes, we use it for many things, plastics, industrial products, and of course automotive. We can only reduce that demand by so much, but we can compliment it with biological based fuels, which will extend our own supplies of the earth’s Abiotic oil production far into the future.
“On the malignant side, oil and coal consumption are contributing to global warming...”
This statement negates everything else he said.
It’s all made up to manipulate the market.
Aww, poor Teddy. Maybe he should get into the alcohol fuel business. Lord knows he drinks enough of it himself to keep a small distilling company profitable.
Back to Chavez, yep, I get it. Unfortunately too many of our politicians have shares in Citgo, so they put their business above that of the nation, which should see them impeached.
Absolutely. "Dry oil wells mysteriously refill themselves too, but this part of the world is in serious denial of where oil really comes from. They still think all this biomass (trillions of dinosaurs) somehow got buried 10 miles under the earths outer granite crust. Yet the earth keeps spitting out new oil in the darnedest of places. They don't really have to drill for oil, they just find where the leaks are. The Russians have figured it out. And we have some of the best rock (part of the Canadian shield) which has rock oil supplies beyond our wildest dreams.
I have to get some sleep.
Have a good one.
Yo Dave! Hold up ... Is this a Steve Mcgarrett type hunch or do you have a stronger basis for this theory than Miss Cleo told you that?
And the lumpenproletariat.
"Dance, my little puppets, dance!"
Then why do they routinely come with 25 year warrany I wonder?
Woolsey also made a pitch for new battery-powered, flex-fuel cars that could be recharged during off-peak periods of electricity costs...That's a great idea. How 'bout you perfect that concept in California and then get back to us on that, eh?
Seriously, what amps are necessary to "fuel" all of these vehicles throughout an average subdivision (let alone an urban area)? Can California keep the lights on 24/7/4.3/12 as things are? Even so, electric cars are purported to be a good thing though, eh?
Check back with me when you can get the battery in your cell phone, let alone the battery in anything you own to last that long.
The average American doesn't even know how many dimes there are in a dollar, never mind expect them to figure out that one of those cars with a 180 volt, 1200 amp/hr output battery would really dim the lights if they tried to charge that up in less than 8 hrs.
They think they can buy one of those solar chargers you buy at costco and plug into the cigarette lighter and it will charge that baby up.
I saw a news report a week or so ago where these 'brilliant" univercity engineering students were replacing a prius battery with a dry cell Nicad type battery so they could plug it in at the student parking lot and charge up the battery (for free) while they were in class, so the engine wouldn't have to run at all driving to school and back home every day.
Imagine a student parking lot full of prius's all trying to charge their batteries from the service in a parking lot, (which is on a 35 amp breaker) and expecting to get that juice for free.
I bet when they found out their lame brain idea wouldn't work, they were awfully embarrassed that news story aired.
let me know where you can buy solar panels with a 25 year warranty. I'll go buy some to replace my dead ones.
Don't allow any new refineries to be built for 25 years
Outlaw the drilling for oil in the Gulf and Alaska.
Me thinks its this thing called supply and demand. (spoken in a dumb voice)
Meanwhile declare ANWHR a nature preserve and try to hand it off to the U.N.
I'll let you form your own opinions:
You do realize your all being had don't you?
Why else do you think they declared a frozen wasteland where it is dark six months of the year a nature preserve.
Since when is ice considered nature?
17% of our daily consumption of oil comes to around 3.6 million barrels of oil.
What untapped offshore sources of oil could replace that oil if that could be done how long would it last?
ROFLMAO! But, if you are interested, I do have a bridge in Brooklyn that I could sell to you for a great price.
2. 40 years.
Long enough to start synthesizing (Fischer-Troupe)
our own fuel using nuclear power.
Are you aware that the Air Force is already bringing large
plants on line to produce JP8-100 jet fuel?
Even the caribou only visit the place for a few days a year...
It's all a UN world governance (by unelected liberal elitists) scheme. Most of Canada should be declared a "nature preserve" if we were to apply that logic equally everywhere. The enviro wacko's (like Jane Goodall who failed to get knocked up by a monkey after trying for 35 years) at the UN want to keep all the stinky bad humans huddled into little mud huts and away from all the animals and pretty flowers.
SunPower Solar Systems SunPower Solar Panels come with a 25 year warranty on the power production of their panels. Because there are no moving parts, the only wear-and-tear these systems see if from the sun beating on them year after year. This is factored into the 25-year warranty, which states that by the end of the twelfth year, the panels should still be producing at 90% of their initial capacity, and that by the end of the 25th year, they should still be producing at 80% of their rated power.
Sharp Solar Systems: Sharp Solar Panels come with a 25 year warranty on the power production of their panels. Because there are no moving parts, the only wear-and-tear these systems see if from the sun beating on them year after year. This is factored into the 25-year warranty, which states that by the end of the twelfth year, the panels should still be producing at 90% of their initial capacity, and that by the end of the 25th year, they should still be producing at 80% of their rated power.
Canada is already the biggest importer of oil into the U.S.
You don't think Putin laid claim to the north pole for nothing do you?
And how would one go about getting ANWR to produce 3.6 million barrels per day?
There are enough drill sites that have proved it many times over.
But your perfectly welcome to think dinosaurs (500 billion per saudi oil field) fell into a 10 mile deep holes that then closed up and turned into oil, even though petroleum has no biological markers whatsoever. I guess they all just magically vanished from some mysterious process. And why not, anything can happen if you give it a billions of years. And you would be in the majority who believe that baseless 200 year old theory. Or you can enlighten yourself and discover the truth.
U.V. kills them in five to seven years.
I know. I have worked withe since the days of Arco Solar
in Camirillo Ca.
30 years and barely any progress.
Hey Zac. what up? That’s not what you said in post 37 homeboy.
Excuse me, Dave Tesla. I got misdirected amigo.