I think Limbaugh had the best response to the poser:
Hardy-har-har. I am laughing so hard I’m splitting my side. This guy’s such a comedian. He’s so funny. Let me make one point about this. “They make jokes about biofuels.” No, we make jokes about him. Last week or the week before, Obama was in Florida where he suggested that a replacement fuel for oil would be algae. And he looked at the audience in Florida and he said (impression), “I’ve looked down there at the Everglades aaaand you’ve got looooots of algae. What if someone find a way to turn algae into oil?” Now, the proper reaction here is: “What is the difference between algae and oil?” This is the question you have to ask yourself: “Why is oil filthy, rotten, dirty, stinky, and algae is clean and pure and filled with potential, when we already know what we can do with oil?”
We know the magic that there is in the refining of oil.
Oil is as much a part of nature as is algae.
The difference is, there is no magic in algae.
If there were it would have been discovered. The latest biofuel that was touted was ethanol, and that was to take corn away from Mexicans and their tacos and to put it into gasoline for us in our cars. And we have found out that it’s not efficient, it’s not cheaper, and it’s actually harder on engines than regular old gasoline. But this assumption that everything the free markets come up with is somehow corrupt — it’s dirty, it’s evil, it’s polluted, it destroys the planet — but algae is great? What’s the difference? Algae and oil are no different than a blade of grass, no different than a mud puddle. It’s all nature. Oil, nobody created it. Big Oil doesn’t manufacture it.
There is no evil CEO in charge of the recipe for oil who is secretly making it somewhere knowing full well that it pollutes and destroys and kills, ‘cause it doesn’t do that. Do you ever stop to ask yourself, “Wait a minute, now! Algae or corn, what’s the difference between all that and oil?” We can’t use algae for anything like we can use oil for. Now, I bring this stuff up because these are techniques and tactics used by the Democrats and the Democrat Party to advance their political agenda, which is the expansion of government and more and more control over individual lives. Loss of freedom. That’s what this is all about. There’s no difference in oil and algae in terms of being organic, being natural, being part of the earth. The oil was here before we were.
And again, there’s no recipe for it. No evil scientist manufactured it. It’s not the tool of somebody to wipe people out and to pollute countries in the oceans and kill fish. That’s not what it’s for and that’s not why it was created or designed. But it’s treated that way. Oil is treated by the American left — by the Democrat Party, by Democrat politicians — as some almost evil invention, when it’s not. In fact, if you ask me, it’s incredible ingenuity to figure out what all we can do with oil and what it has meant to economic growth and prosperity, wealth creation, liberty, freedom. It’s amazing what has come from oil in that regard. Not from algae. And if you’re gonna question anybody, you’ve got to question the sense of somebody who looks at pond scum and sees a replacement for oil.
That’s the oddity.
That’s what’s weird.
That’s what’s strange.
Here’s another thing about oil versus algae in terms of a benefit. We don’t have to look at pools of oil. We gotta look at pools of algae all day long. You ever go play golf? You see pond scum on every lake practically!
You never see oil. It’s like Benjamin Franklin said about beer: Oil is proof that God loves us. That’s what Benjamin Franklin said about beer: It’s “proof that God loves us.” Well, I would say the same thing about oil. The second thing before I get to the phones. This is John Merline today of the Investor’s Business Daily. Headline: “US Has 60 Times More Oil Than Obama Claims.” And let me give you a couple of pull quotes from the story. I just want to tell you something else, too. With this massive supply of oil, there is no reason for gasoline prices to be going up by the day. They are only going up because of the speculator market and the laws of supply and demand. We have so much oil that this man is standing in the way of getting.
It’s all here. We have enough for total independence from imported oil. Now, that would shake up world economies. If we stopped buying oil from the Saudis (we’re their big customer) they’d probably find replacements. Canada is our number one source for oil, by the way. If we stop buying oil from them, they’ll just sell to the ChiComs or India. But here are a couple of pull quotes: “A separate Rand Corp. study found that about 800 billion barrels of oil shale in Wyoming and neighboring states is ‘technically recoverable,’ which means it could be extracted using existing technology. That’s more than triple the known reserves in Saudi Arabia,” in just Wyoming and neighboring states! And we have the ability to go get it.
The second pull quote: “All told, the US has access to 400 billion barrels of crude that could be recovered using existing drilling technologies, according to a 2006 Energy Department report.” A government report! Not some private corporation, not some think tank, but our very own beloved government said it. The Energy Department said in 2006 that America “has access to 400 billion barrels of crude that could be recovered using existing drilling technologies.” That would be one-and-a-half times the known reserves in Saudi Arabia. We use 19 million barrels a day. We have access to 400 billion right now: 800 billion in shale, 400 billion barrels of crude.
“When you include oil shale, the US has,” dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut, “1.4 trillion barrels of technically recoverable oil, according to the Institute for Energy Research, enough to meet all US oil needs for about the next 200 years, without any imports. And even this number could be low, since such estimates tend to go up over time. ... ‘This is not a geological problem — it’s a political problem,’ said Dan Kish, senior vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research. ‘We’ve embargoed our own supplies.’”
Now, the source for this, again, is Investor’s Business Daily and the author of the story is John Merline. But he’s quoting Rand corporation study, the US government, and the Institute for Energy Research. So these are shocking numbers: 800 billion barrels of shale, 400 billion barrels of crude, a grand total of between 1.2 and 1.4 trillion barrels of technically recoverable oil to meet America’s needs for the next 200 years without importing a single barrel. It’s there and “technically recoverable,” meaning we’ve got the means to go get it. What we don’t have is the political will to go get it, because this kind of action in the private sector — energy independence having nothing to do with government — Obama will not permit. He will not allow it.
The development of petroleum near the end of the 19th century did far more to save the whales than leftists ever did.