Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Oil Independence, A Question For Our Next President

When America entered World War Two, the Japanese had control of the world's natural rubber supply. The invention of synthetic rubber, which took some time, broke the Japanese stranglehold on our rubber supply. That one natural resource was a valuable lesson from our history not to put ourselves at the mercy of potentially hostile nations.
America today faces determined enemies with an alliance of fickle friends. The Iranian government was once solidly in our corner. Now Iran spearheads a determined opposition to America's interests throughout the world. Saudi Arabia is reputed to be suffering from internal unrest. Its financing of terror groups has bought it internal stability, but no one knows how long that will hold up.
America has a strategic and economic interest in fostering energy independence. Montana and Alaska have massive oil reserves, as does Florida. Environmental concerns are a reason to proceed with caution, but they should not stop us from developing energy independence. The Alaska pipeline has been a boon to the caribou population, which has thrived due to the warmth provided by the pipeline. While it is true that humans can inflict great damage on the environment, we can have a positive impact as well.
Developing oil independence can and should include alternative energy sources. There have been advances in wind and solar power. The development of these alternative sources of power could not completely replace oil, but it could provide a considerable percentage of our energy needs.
Our national trade deficit could be partially alleviated by addressing our dependence on foreign oil as well.
Israelis, who have a far more pronounced dependence upon foreign oil than America have taken conservation measures that should be studied by those who wish to cut down on America's production of waste. Anyone who has bought milk in Israel, for instance, has found it far cheaper to buy plastic bags of milk, which use far less plastic than the bottles we are accustomed to in America.
We should not wait for our next crisis to pursue energy independence as a strategic national goal. Environmentalists can provide a needed cautionary note, but they should not deter us from taking bold and necessary steps to develop our national resources.
Our next president should work on creating the right tax and regulatory climate for developing our economy in a new and independent direction. We should ask the candidates what their position is on this pressing issue.We should also examine their past record in deciding for whom to vote. Along with immigration and national security, this is a most pressing issue facing our country. And It won't go away. Sphere: Related Content

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