September 25, 2008

Oh, That Harry Reid.

Even though both the House and the Senate are letting the moratoria expire on offshore drilling, Reid is still trying to insert language into non-energy-related bills that will prohibit the harvesting of shale oil in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

Charming. Read the article at Flopping Aces, and call your Senator right away.

The fact that no one in the media seems to have clued into is that energy independence in the United States rests upon having energy production (whether it's the old-fashioned fossil fuels we hope to phase out in 10-20 years, or the renewables we're in the process of developing now) rests on energy production in as many regions of the country as possible. Oil wells in the Gulf shut down when a hurricane is on its way; drilling on the North Slope of Alaska is only permitted five months out of the year. The Atlantic is no stranger to storms, and even the Pacific Ocean isn't invulnerable to extraordinary weather.

Shale oil has to be part of our Phase 1 (petroleum/natural gas/clean coal) strategy. That will buy us time to get Phase II (more versatile means of producing electricity, and innovative liquid fuels such as ethanol and methanol) off the ground.

Again—call your Senator. Explain that there are new technologies for extracting petroleum products from shale, and that you want to see this resource handled in an environmentally responsible manner, but that is a question for the engineers—rather than overzealous legislators who want to take this option off the table entirely.

Posted by Attila Girl at September 25, 2008 06:30 PM | TrackBack

Obama will renew the Presidential moratorium on drilling within the first 100-days of office. Some victory, huh? This is all part of the AGW bullshit. Do not expect them to allow any technology that produces carbon dioxide. And that includes all the hydrocarbons. Even if they do, they will add hundreds of million of dollars--and a good portion of the energy produced--into sequestering the carbon by injection into underground reservoirs--a completely nonsensical thing to do with an life-essential resource. And that includes all the hydrocarbons. Instead of directing violence at coal plants as Al Gore has suggested, everyone should go after Congress with picks and baseball bats.

Climate change is natural, warm kills at least ten-times fewer people than cold, the current trend is cooling. But we can adjust and adapt. That's what we do.

Posted by: Darrell at September 25, 2008 07:27 PM

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