The Truth about Drilling in ANWR

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Jun 302008
 

The following e-mail was sent to me the other day, and it’s just too good not to republish.

The bottom line is this; when you hear Democrats saying drilling in ANWR won’t solve all of our oil problems. Until some alternative form of energy is developed to replace oil, we must take many proactive actions. ANWR, shale, coastal drilling etc. — altogether these solutions will relieve us of the horrible dependence we have on jihad oil.

Who the hell is Congress working for? We elected them – they are public servants. They work for us.


First, do you know what ANWR is?

ANWR = Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Now, a comparison:



And some perspective:


Note where the proposed development area is (in the ‘ANWR Coastal Plain’):


This is what the Democrats, liberals and ‘greens’ show you when they talk about ANWR. And they are right, these are photographs of ANWR:


Isn’t ANWR beautiful? Why should we drill here (and destroy) this beautiful place?

Well, that’s not exactly the truth.

Do you remember the map?

The map showed that the proposed drilling area is in the ANWR Coastal Plain.

Do those photographs look like a coastal plain to you?

What’s going on here?

The answer is simple.

That is NOT where they are wanting to drill!

This is what the proposed exploration area ACTUALLY looks like in the winter:



And this is what it ACTUALLY looks like in the summer:


Here are a couple screen shots from Google Earth:


As you can see, the area where they are talking about drilling is a barren wasteland.

Oh, and they say that they are concerned about the effect on the local wildlife.

Here is a photo (shot during the summer) of the ‘depleted wildlife’ situation created by drilling around Prudhoe Bay. Don’t you think that the Caribou really hate that drilling?



Here’s that same spot during the winter:


Hey, this bear seems to really hate the pipeline near Prudhoe Bay, which accounts for 17% of U.S. domestic oil production


Now, why do you think that the Democrats are LYING about ANWR?

Remember when Al Gore said that the government should work to ARTIFICIALLY raise gas prices to $5 a gallon?

Well, Al Gore and his fellow Democrats have almost reached their goal!

Now that you know that the Democrats have been lying, what are you going to do about it?

You can start by forwarding this to everyone you know, so that they will know the truth.

P.S.: Drilling does not “destroy.” It creates jobs, resources and strengthens our economy — all while protecting our environment. Everyone benefits, even caribou.


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Alaska Governor to Harry Reid: Start drilling in ANWR
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10 Reasons To Blame Democrats For Soaring Gasoline Prices
Congressional Stupidity Is Destroying America
The Price Of Oil Rose 8% Today
Newt Gingrich: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less
10 Energy Questions for the US Senate
Congress Responsible For High Oil and Gas Prices
Saudis And Democrats See No Reason To Raise Oil Production Now
The Democrat’s Energy Plan: When Common Sense Is Not So Common
ANWR Derangement Syndrome: Senate Democrats Reject Domestic Oil Drilling
Energy Pandering: Congress Divided On Energy Plan
Senators Introduce Bill to Increase Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production
200 Billion Barrels Of Oil That Could Make The U.S. Energy Independent
Democrats Put Big Oil on Display Once Again
Corn Prices Jump to Record $6 a Bushel, Driving Up Costs for Food

The Oil Jihad Continues: OPEC President Predicts the Price of Oil Will Climb to $170 a Barrel before the End of the Year

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Jun 302008
 

The major fact is that the world runs on oil and OPEC knows it. OPEC keeps the price of oil rising and the world goes out of kilter like a spinning top that when you touch it as it spins begins to wobble crazily.

Throw together corrupt politicians and a constant supply of Global warming hysteria and the result is wrecked economies. The sad fact is that members of Congress have helped engineer this so that we would be dependent on OPEC for our energy needs. It is a problem borne solely of US political greed and corruption! We need to vote out all the incumbent bozos before we are forced into the second American Revolution!


OPEC President Chakib Khelil predicted that the price of oil will climb to $170 a barrel before the end of the year, citing the dollar’s decline and political conflicts.

“Oil prices are expected to reach $170 as demand for fuel is growing in the U.S. during the summer period and the dollar continues to weaken against the euro,” Khelil said today in a telephone interview. The leader of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries also serves as Algeria’s oil minister.

Political pressure on Iran and the depreciation of the U.S. currency have caused a surge in oil prices, Khelil said. New York- traded crude has more than doubled in a year and touched a record $142.99 a barrel yesterday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

OPEC ministers generally say that oil output is sufficient, even as Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer, pledged to pump an extra 200,000 barrels a day next month to calm the market. “The market is completely supplied,” Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said yesterday. Libya announced possible production cuts, calling the market oversupplied.

The rising cost of crude is not linked to supply, Khelil said today. “There is more than enough oil in the market to meet the international demand,” added the OPEC president, who will take part June 30 in an international energy forum in Madrid.

Prices, which are up 38 percent this quarter, are heading for the biggest quarterly gain since the first three months of 1999, when oil traded between $11 and $17.

Declining Dollar

“The decisions made by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank helped the devaluation of the dollar, which pushed up oil prices,” Khelil said.

Oil may extend gains if the ECB boosts rates on July 3, further weakening the U.S. currency. The dollar has declined 15 percent against the euro in 12 months.

ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet reiterated June 25 that policy makers may increase the main refinancing rate by a quarter-percentage point next month to contain inflation. The Federal Reserve left the benchmark U.S. rate at 2 percent on June 25. On Sept. 18 the Fed began cutting rates to bolster an economy already reeling from the credit crisis.


Related:
OPEC’s Oil Jihad
Alaska Governor to Harry Reid: Start drilling in ANWR
Mad About High Gas Prices? An Easy Solution
10 Reasons To Blame Democrats For Soaring Gasoline Prices
Congressional Stupidity Is Destroying America
The Price Of Oil Rose 8% Today
Newt Gingrich: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less
10 Energy Questions for the US Senate
Congress Responsible For High Oil and Gas Prices
Saudis And Democrats See No Reason To Raise Oil Production Now
The Democrat’s Energy Plan: When Common Sense Is Not So Common
ANWR Derangement Syndrome: Senate Democrats Reject Domestic Oil Drilling
Energy Pandering: Congress Divided On Energy Plan
Senators Introduce Bill to Increase Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production
200 Billion Barrels Of Oil That Could Make The U.S. Energy Independent
Democrats Put Big Oil on Display Once Again
Corn Prices Jump to Record $6 a Bushel, Driving Up Costs for Food

Congressman Ted Poe Regarding Energy Saver Light Bulbs

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Jun 292008
 

Ted Poe is another member of Congress that gets it!

The only thing that I would have done different if I was Rep. Poe; I would have ended the talk by accidentally dropping that bulb on the floor, thus requiring an immediate evacuation of the chamber.

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How To Speak Democrat”: A Lecture by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter

Asinine Global Warming News Of The Day: Ireland To Ban Incandescent Lightbulbs

John McCain, Master of the Obvious, Says Jimmy Carter Was a “Lousy President”

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Jun 292008
 

Also this just in, “John McCain says water is wet”!

Finally! Something John McCain and I can agree on.

McCain calls Carter a ‘lousy president’


John McCain directed his trademark straight talk toward a former president, flatly calling Jimmy Carter a “lousy” commander in chief.

The Arizona senator has long attempted to portray Barack Obama’s policies as in the mold of Carter’s, though the Republican has previously held back criticizing Carter so directly.

But in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun published Friday, McCain was decidedly more blunt than he has been in the past. McCain, who is a proponent of nuclear reprocessing, was asked why he thought Carter was against the process when he was president.

“Yes, because Carter was a lousy president,” McCain quipped. “This is the same guy who kissed Brezhnev.”

McCain’s comments are in reference to the now famous moment when Carter and then Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev kissed after signing the SALT II treaty in 1979. Both the agreement and the kiss were widely panned by Republicans.

Carter himself largely stayed on the sidelines during the prolonged Democratic primary race, refusing to publicly back a candidate. Though he had long dropped several hints that he was a supporter of Barack Obama and he formally endorsed the Illinois senator shortly after he tied up the nomination.


Joke Of The Day

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Jun 292008
 

A young cowboy walks into the town cafe. He sits at the counter and
notices an old cowboy with his arms folded, staring blankly at a full
bowl of chili.

After fifteen minutes of just sitting there staring at it, the young
cowboy bravely asked the old cowpoke, “If you ain’t gonna eat that,
mind if I do?

“The older cowboy slowly turns his head toward the young wrangler and in
his best cowboy manner says, “Nah, go ahead.”

Eagerly, the young cowboy reaches over and slides the bowl over to his
place and starts spooning in it with delight. He gets nearly down to
the bottom and notices a dead mouse in the chili. The sight was
shocking and he immediately barfs up the chili into the bowl.

The old cowboy quietly says, “Yep, that’s as far as I got, too.”

Angry Bill Clinton Says Barack Earbama Must ‘Kiss My Ass’ For His Support

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Jun 292008
 


Unity my arse! This just gets better by the day. The Clintons were brought down by a vast left wing conspiracy. The left found someone more loony than the Clintons are and threw them out faster than Michael Moore goes through a bucket of chicken!

Bill Clinton says Barack Obama must ‘kiss my ass’ for his support


Bill Clinton is so bitter about Barack Obama’s victory over his wife Hillary that he has told friends the Democratic nominee will have to beg for his wholehearted support.

Mr Obama is expected to speak to Mr Clinton for the first time since he won the nomination in the next few days, but campaign insiders say that the former president’s future campaign role is a “sticking point” in peace talks with Mrs Clinton’s aides.

The Telegraph has learned that the former president’s rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence.

A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could “kiss my ass” in return for his support.

A second source said that the former president has kept his distance because he still does not believe Mr Obama can win the election.

Mr Clinton last week issued a tepid statement, through a spokesman, in which he said he “is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States “.

Mr Obama was more effusive at his unity event with Mrs Clinton on Friday, speaking fondly of the absent former president, who attended Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations in London instead. The candidate told the crowd: “I know how much we need both Bill and Hillary Clinton as a party. They have done so much great work. We need them badly.”

But his aides said he has so far concentrated on cementing relations with Mrs Clinton first. They say they are content to let relations with Mr Clinton thaw gradually.

It has long been known that Mr Clinton is angry at the way his own reputation was tarnished during the primary battle when several of his comments were interpreted as racist.

But his lingering fury has shocked his friends. The Democrat told the Telegraph: “He’s been angry for a while. But everyone thought he would get over it. He hasn’t. I’ve spoken to a couple of people who he’s been in contact with and he is mad as hell.

“He’s saying he’s not going to reach out, that Obama has to come to him. One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support.

“You can’t talk like that about Obama – he’s the nominee of your party, not some house boy you can order around.

“Hillary’s just getting on with it and so should Bill.”

Another Democrat said that despite polls showing Mr Obama with a healthy lead over Republican John McCain, Mr Clinton doesn’t think he can win.

The party strategist, who was allied to one of the early rivals to Mr Obama and the former First Lady, said Mr Clinton was “very unhopeful” about the nominee’s prospects in November.

“Bill Clinton knows the party will unite behind Obama, but he is telling people he doesn’t believe Obama can win round voting groups, especially working-class whites, in the swing states,” the strategist said.

“He just doesn’t think Obama will be able to connect with the voters he needs.”

Joe Klein, the author of Primary Colours, a fictionalised account of Mr Clinton’s 1992 election, who has known the former president for 20 years, said he also heard that he was “very, very bitter”, from people who have spoken with him.

“It’s time for him to get over it or go off and do his charitable work. He knows the rules of the road. What’s going on now is kind of strange. I think his behaviour is really, really shocking.”


Giant Octopus vs Shark

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Jun 282008
 

This National Geographic video is amazing.

Putting sharks and octopuses in the same cramped quarters of an aquarium tank might seem like a bad idea. Sharks are voracious eaters and the large fish have been known to munch on the occasional octopus.

Luckily for the giant Pacific octopus in this tank, it’s not only equipped with serious camouflage and the ability to squeeze into tight crevices, it also has a few surprises up its tentacles.

Watch footage of the octopus’s battle with a spiny dogfish shark, and discover the culprit behind one aquarium’s unusual murder mystery.


Useless Facts

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Jun 282008
 

I don’t know how many of these are true because I have sneezed with my eyes open just to see if it could be done. The list is amusing never the less.


The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it.

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896.

Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

A polar bear’s skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why

Elvis’ middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump”.

If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.

Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

If the population of China walked past you single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

A snail can sleep for three years.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The longest word in the English language in 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

If Barbie were life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human’s neck.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

The most common name in the world in Mohammed.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

Americans eat an average of 18 acres of pizza every day.

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

Polar bears are left handed.

The catfish is the animal with the most taste buds – 27,000.

A cockroach will live 9 days without its head before it starves to death.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Starfish don’t have brains.

The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.

A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked every hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, and can pull 30 times its own weight.

The flea can jump 350 times its body length…it’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body.

The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off. (“Honey, I’m home. What the….”)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

A cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave it to Beaver”.

In the great fire of London in 1666, half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.

The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan”.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a bellybutton.

A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.

People Do Not get sick from cold weather; it’s from being indoors a lot more.

When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop even your heart!

Only 7% of the population are lefties.

40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute…

The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

The average housefly lives for one month.

40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

Eating breakfast cereals like “Fruity Pebbles” and “Cap’n Crunch” will cause your stools to come out green.

Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.

About 20% of all adults in the US have or have had a cockroach that called their inner ear canal HOME.

The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.

Among the music catalogs that Michael Jackson owns the rights to is the South Carolina State anthem.

If all the veins in your body were laid end-to-end, you’d be dead.

In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane just in case there is a crash.

The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth.

Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana.

If coloring weren’t added to Coca-Cola it would be green.


Ponderisms: Part Two

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Jun 282008
 

Here is another list of things to ponder if you’re tired of wondering why the greatest country in the world is dependant on dictators and people that hate us for our energy needs.


Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Why are they called apartments, when they’re all stuck together?

Why are they called buildings, when they’re already finished? Shouldn’t they be called “builts”?

When you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?

Why do scientists call it research when looking for something new?

Why do they call it the Department of Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?

How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?

Could someone ever get addicted to counseling? If so, how could you treat them?

How does a shelf salesman keep his store from looking empty?

If the plural of tooth is “teeth,” why isn’t the plural of booth “beeth”?

How many people thought of the Post-It note before it was invented but just didn’t have anything to jot it down on?

Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?

Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

When an agnostic dies, does he go to the “great perhaps”?

Why are there interstates in Hawaii?

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages when it’s just stale bread to begin with?

If a firefighter fights fire and a crime fighter fights crime, what does a freedom fighter fight?

Does fuzzy logic tickle?

Why do we recite at a play and play at a recital?

Why do we wait until a pig is dead to “cure” it?

Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs? Shouldn’t they be wearing nightgowns?

Why don’t they call moustaches “mouthbrows”?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?

Why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up a project, I end it?

Why isn’t “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?

Why do “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Why do you need a driver’s license to buy liquor when you can’t drink and drive?

Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

When they ship Styrofoam, what do they pack it in?

Is it possible to be totally partial?

Shouldn’t there be a shorter word for “monosyllabic”?

What’s another word for “thesaurus”?

Why do skydivers wear helmets?

Why do we put suits in a garment bag and garments in a suitcase?

If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their headlights off?

Why does your nose run and your feet smell?

What’s the speed of dark?

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it’s called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it’s called cargo?

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all”?


Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles Perform “Living for the City”

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Jun 282008
 

This weekend’s entertainment: Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles performing “Living for the City” from Stevie’s 1973 Innervisions album.

With these two musical geniuses, God gave them extra SOUL to compensate for their lack of sight.


OPEC’s Oil Jihad

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Jun 272008
 

Oil jumped to a new record high near $142 a barrel on Friday unabated even after Saudi Arabia’s pledge to pump out more supplies. There is just no logic to it all.

We were too blind to see that radical Islam was at war with us before September 11th. Is the same thing happening now in the form of an Oil Jihad?

There just may be an element of truth in this fictional “open letter” circulating around the internet


The OPEC minister may look you in the eye and say,
“We are at war with you infidels and have been since the embargo in the 1970s. You are so arrogant you haven’t even recognized it.

You have more missiles, bombs, and technology; so we are fighting with the best weapon we have and extracting on a net basis about $700 billion/year out of your economy.

We will destroy you! Death to the infidels!

While I am here I would like to thank you for the following: Not developing your 250-300 million barrels per year supply of oil shale and tar sands.

We know if you did this, it would create thousands of jobs for U.S. citizens, expand your engineering capabilities, and keep the wealth in the U.S. instead of sending it to us to finance our war against you infidels.

Thanks for limiting defense dept. purchases of oil sands from your neighbors to the north. We love it when you confuse your allies.

Thanks for over regulating every segment of your economy and thus delaying, by decades, the development of alternate fuel technologies.

Thanks for limiting drilling off your coasts, in Alaska , and anywhere there is an insect, bird, fish, or plant that might be inconvenienced. Better that your people suffer. Glad to see our lobbying efforts have been so effective.

Corn based Ethanol. Praise Allah for this sham program! Perhaps you will destroy yourselves from the inside with these types of policies. This is a gift from Allah, praise his name! We never would have thought of this one! This is better than when you pay your farmers NOT TO GROW FOOD. Have them use more energy to create less energy, and simultaneously drive up food prices. Thank you U.S. Congress!

And finally, we appreciate you letting us fleece you without end. You will be glad to know we have been accumulating shares in your banks, real estate, and publicly held companies. We also finance a good portion of your debt and now manipulate your markets, currency, and economies for our benefit.

THANK YOU AMERICA !”

You stupid fools!

Praise Allah!!


Alaska Governor to Harry Reid: Start drilling in ANWR

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Jun 252008
 

The stranglehold the Liberal Congress has on American prosperity is astounding. These corrupt bums must be voted out in November for this nation to survive.

A copy of the letter is at the bottom of this post for your reading enjoyment.

Alaska guv to Sen. Reid: Start drilling in ANWR!


In a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other key leaders, Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin urges Congress to allow drilling for oil on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska, an area she calls “the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America.”

“What will it take for Congress to enact comprehensive energy policy?” Palin asks in the letter, dated yesterday. “In my opinion, the debate about energy policy is no longer theoretical and abstract. Our failure to enact an energy policy is having real consequences for every American in their daily lives and has begun to affect America’s place in the world.”

Palin, whose name appears on lists of potential vice-presidential candidates, concludes with a bold challenge: “I don’t think it’s overly dramatic to say that his nation’s future and the quality of life for every American are dependent on the decision you make or don’t make in the next few months.”

Last week, Reid called Sen. John McCain’s call for offshore drilling “nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits.”

Lumping Palin in that accusation would prove difficult, as the governor made headlines earlier in her term for taking on Alaska’s oil and gas commissioner, who was also the GOP state chairman, for ethics violations. More recently, she worked with bipartisan support to win an increased tax on oil companies’ profits.

Palin says in her letter she does not guarantee a price drop with drilling in ANWR but argues increasing domestic oil supply would “help reduce price volatility” and “send a strong message to oil speculators.”

“Yet, there is an even more important point,” Palin writes, contending America must take measures to decrease dependence on foreign oil, since “U.S. petrodollars are financing activities that are harmful to America and to our economic and military interests around the world.”

Environmentalists and Democrats in Congress long have argued against increased drilling in the U.S., favoring instead conservation and alternative fuels. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s website promises $150 billion in increased spending to develop new fuels and renewable energy sources.

Palin’s letter argues against looking only to those approaches, pointing out a need for domestic oil production to supply the economy’s many products made from petroleum, not just gasoline.

“The soaring prices of chemicals, plastics, fertilizer and other products – and the loss of jobs – graphically illustrate this point,” the letter states. “We must recognize that is will be many years, if ever, before we discover alternatives to the petroleum-based products that every American uses in our daily lives.”

Palin addresses the concerns of environmentalists about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR.

Oil exploration and development “can be conducted in a safe manner,” she writes, pointing out the footprint of oil development facilities in ANWR would take up “less than 2,000 acres” of a refuge roughly the size of South Carolina.




Related:
Mad About High Gas Prices? An Easy Solution
10 Reasons To Blame Democrats For Soaring Gasoline Prices
Congressional Stupidity Is Destroying America
The Price Of Oil Rose 8% Today
Newt Gingrich: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less
10 Energy Questions for the US Senate
Congress Responsible For High Oil and Gas Prices
Saudis And Democrats See No Reason To Raise Oil Production Now
The Democrat’s Energy Plan: When Common Sense Is Not So Common
ANWR Derangement Syndrome: Senate Democrats Reject Domestic Oil Drilling
Energy Pandering: Congress Divided On Energy Plan
Senators Introduce Bill to Increase Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production
200 Billion Barrels Of Oil That Could Make The U.S. Energy Independent
Democrats Put Big Oil on Display Once Again
Corn Prices Jump to Record $6 a Bushel, Driving Up Costs for Food

Suprise, Suprise, Suprise! Obama Has Deep Ethanol Ties

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Jun 232008
 

Do you want CHANGE? Well don’t look to Obama for it. He is just a typical Liberal politician, who panders to special interests and now wants to buy the presidency of the USA.

My bologna has a middle name, it’s H-u-s-s-e-i-n.

Obama, from corn-wealthy Illinois, has deep ethanol ties


When VeraSun Energy inaugurated a new ethanol processing plant in Charles City, Iowa, last summer, some of that industry’s most prominent boosters showed up. Leaders of the National Corn Growers’ Association and the Renewable Fuels Association, for instance, came to help cut the ribbon — and so did Sen. Barack Obama.

Then running far behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in name recognition and in the polls, Obama was in the midst of a campaign swing through the state where he would eventually register his first caucus victory. And as befits a senator from Illinois, the country’s second-largest corn-producing state, he delivered a ringing endorsement of ethanol as an alternative fuel.

Obama is running as a reformer who is seeking to reduce the influence of special interests. But he also has advisers and prominent supporters with close ties to the industry.

His friend and surrogate, Tom Daschle, a former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, serves on the boards of three ethanol companies and works at a Washington law firm where, according to his online job description, “he spends a substantial amount of time providing strategic and policy advice to clients in renewable energy.”

Not long after arriving in the Senate, Obama briefly provoked a controversy when he twice flew at subsidized rates on corporate airplanes of the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland, which is the nation’s largest ethanol producer and is based in his home state.

His Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, advocates eliminating the multibillion- dollar annual government subsidies that domestic ethanol has long enjoyed. He also opposes the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff that the U.S. imposes on imports of ethanol made from sugarcane, which packs more of an energy punch than corn-based ethanol and is cheaper to produce.

Obama favors the subsidies, some of which end up in the hands of the same oil companies he says should be subjected to a windfall profits tax. He also supports the tariff, which some economists say may well be illegal under the World Trade Organization’s rules but which his advisers say is not.


Montoya: NASCAR Not As Boring AS F1 and Much Harder

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Although F1 isn’t totally boring, it has been progressively going down hill for a while now. It’s getting to the point now where almost any attempt at over taking can be considered dangerous driving and that is part of why Juan Pablo Montoya left for NASCAR.

I would like to see much less of a gap between the top and the bottom teams, but as it stands technology and money are the driving force between the top and bottom, not driving skill. I still enjoy F1 despite this, but I can totally agree it’s been getting boring recently.

Montoya: NASCAR harder than ‘boring’ F1


Juan-Pablo Montoya has delivered a stinging rebuke to the sport that delivered him seven grand prix victories, 13 pole positions, twelve fastest laps and no fewer than 30 podium finishes, blasting Formula 1 as boring’ and claiming that as far as the Americans are concerned, Lewis Hamilton is Lewis Who?’

The famously outspoken Colombian competed in 94 starts in the top flight for BMW-Williams and McLaren-Mercedes from 2001 to 2006, before dramatically walking away mid-season just under two years ago to return to his roots across the Pond, where in 1999 he had sensationally clinched the Champ Car (then CART) laurels for Chip Ganassi Racing in his maiden campaign in the open-wheel series.

Montoya now races in the NASCAR Nextel Cup, and as such has become the only driver in history aside from the legendary Mario Andretti to have won races in F1, CART, the IndyCar Series, Grand-Am and NASCAR, with his sole triumph to-date in the latter coming in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California last year.

Indeed, the 32-year-old’s 2007 performances were impressive enough to earn him the coveted Rookie of the Year’ accolade, and reunited with Ganassi since his return Stateside he clearly does not regret making the move.

Formula 1 drivers are convinced that they’re so much better than anyone else, Montoya told The Times. When I was in F1, every week I was on the podium. It was cool, but is it satisfying? It wasn’t, because it was the most boring races.

The guy who started in front of you would drive away from you, and the guy who was behind you would drop away from you, unless you [had] f***ed up in qualifying and then you needed to have a different pit-stop strategy to beat them.

It’s boring. It’s a shame, because the technology these cars have and the amount of companies that are involved is unreal. I don’t know how big companies do it for such a long time without results.

Whilst he acknowledges results can sometimes be just as hard to come by in his current position, the big, brash appeal of the US’ premier stock car series is evidently very much to Montoya’s liking, with overtaking less of an art form and more of a past-time as up to 40 cars go wheel-to-wheel for three hours solid. What’s more, 17 of the nation’s top 20 best-attended sporting events are NASCAR races, and the sport is the second-most watched on American television.

It’s harder here, argued the Bogota native, currently sitting 19th in the championship chase out of some 67 fierce competitors. When you run 15th, sometimes you think it sucks, but look at the big picture 15th here is like sixth or seventh in F1, because there are twice as many cars.

The incredible thing is here I run 15th or 20th on average, and there are four or five weeks in the year where I have a chance of winning. In F1 if you run sixth or seventh, you run sixth or seventh the whole year.

It doesn’t matter if you’re running for the lead, or for 30th, you’re always racing somebody [in NASCAR]. That’s much better.

Montoya also pointed out that such is NASCAR’s incredible popularity in the States, F1 barely raises a flicker on the interest scale, and whilst he rates his McLaren successor Lewis Hamilton as a good kid’ and a nice guy’, he is blunt in pointing out that: Go ask anybody here who is Lewis Hamilton. Lewis who?

Chip Ganassi team-mate and former Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti who joined NASCAR from the IndyCar Series this season, but was almost immediately out of action with a broken ankle sustained in a 180mph collision at Talladega back at the end of April echoed Montoya’s sentiments.

It’s been a tough baptism, reflected the Scot. I thought it would be difficult, but I didn’t realise how difficult. The good thing is I feel I know a lot more now about what to do.

For anybody that loves cars, it’s entertainment that’s second-to-none. If you want exciting racing, to watch people driving cars that are very difficult to drive, this is the answer.