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Re: E-M:/ Bush energy policy?
Recently both president Bush and senator McCain have mentioned that the
estimated oil reserves on our outer continental shelf amount to some 21
*billion* barrels, and they suggest that this can help us in being "energy
independent" of foreign oil. This vast amount of oil, however, cannot
provide "energy independence".
The US currently consumes 20 *million* barrels of oil per *day*. Dividing
21 billion by 20 million gives 1050 *days* of oil supply - less than 3
years. I recall the same calculation applied to ANWAR gave some 6 months
of oil supply.
I find that most of the arguments for more drilling are based on a desire
to continue, or even increase for the sake of economic growth, our current
oil consumption, while ignoring the energy precipice not too distant in
the future. The motivation for this appears to be primarily to keep the
economic engine of the oil industry and what it supports running at full
tilt as long as possible.
One analyst recently suggested that the reason for more drilling is to
give us "breathing room" for the development of alternative energy
sources, naming wind, solar, nuclear, tidal, geothermal, hydroelectric,
etc as future replacements for oil. I will only believe that when I see an
enormous investment by the nation in developing those alternatives,
starting with a serious analysis of whether it is even possible for them
to substitute for even our current oil consumption. I have serious doubts
--Rane L Curl
On Mon, 23 Jun 2008, Larry D. Noodén wrote:
NYT OP-ED COLUMNIST
Mr. Bush, Lead or Leave
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
It is hard to find the words to express what a fraudulent,
pathetic excuse for an energy policy President Bush's new
Two years ago, President Bush declared that America was ?addicted to oil,?
and, by gosh, he was going to do something about it. Well, now he has. Now we
have the new Bush energy plan: ?Get more addicted to oil.?