Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Slippery Sludge of Oil

I'm tired of hearing politicians say we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

We need to lessen our dependence on oil ... PERIOD. Foreign or domestic -- oil is harming our environment.

Now the Republicans want to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. How oxymoronic!

NPR recently aired a story about the different strategies of the Democrats and Republicans regarding oil and gas prices. In response to Democrats asking for U.S. oil reserves to be released, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said it was a ploy "to try to make the American people think that we’re doing something that is of benefit when what we’re really doing is harming ourselves."

But that's exactly what the GOP is doing. They want Americans to believe that drilling in Alaska will lower gas prices and be good for our country. They don't acknowledge the environmental devastation it would cause, nor the fact that the drilling won't have any effect on gas prices.

It would take years for infrastructure to be assembled. More important, the amount of oil we'd get would be nothing compared to what we need. The United States controls less than 3% of the world's oil deposits, yet our nation consumes 25% of the world's energy. (Although Americans account for only 5% of the world's population.)

Bush on Tuesday called for Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling, saying, "Failure to act is unacceptable. It's unacceptable to me, and it's unacceptable to the American people."

As an American, what I find unacceptable is the blatant disregard that Bush and other Republicans have for Americans and for the world in which we live.

The U.S. government needs to actively seek sustainable, environmentally friendly energy sources. It's time to look to the future of our planet and end the cronyism with the oil tycoons.

Edited to add: E-mail your representatives and tell them you oppose drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

(Image courtesy of www.fogcityjournal.com.)



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