Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Beginning of Wisdom is the Price of Gasoline!

By Rich Kozlovich

In America the beginning of wisdom is the price of gasoline. I made that statement a number of years ago because it was obvious to me that failing to drill for oil and natural gas and mine for coal was going to cost us terribly at some point.

I also said that a modern society absolutely needs inexpensive abundant energy sources to maintain itself.

I also said that we weren't running out of any of these energy sources, no matter what the greenies and their acolytes in the government said. And everyone laughed.

We haven’t built a refinery since the mid 1970’s when we had over 300 serving a population of about 250 million. We only have a little over a 150 left serving a population of over 300 million…and the amount of different mixes they have to make in order to meet everyone’s insane regulations adds to the cost and availability. Is anyone surprised? Does anyone doubt that the greenies have forced the closings of older refineries and prevented the building of new ones? If anyone still does...please disabuse yourself of that foolish thought.

Now after years of taking this unpopular position (and I was late to the game compared to those who have been saying this for over thirty years) I read in the news everyday that society, many political leaders and even some in the media are now in agreement with my views. The greenies and their supporters are on the benches because society is turning against them. You would think that they should have known that this was inevitable since everything they promote is basically anti-human; and now America is alert and wide awake; and they don’t like the fact that they have been played.

Schadenfreude does have a certain appeal in this case. Especially since I have been experiencing it daily.

Survey Indicates Americans Don't See Energy-Efficient Cars As Solution to Rising Gas Prices

A new survey shows that rising gasoline prices will force changes in the driving habits of American adults, but only six percent of them said they plan to buy a hybrid/energy-efficient vehicle to alleviate pain at the pump.

Obama’s Energy Production at All-Time High Claim Selective on Facts, Say Energy Experts

On Saturday, President Barack Obama claimed that under his administration, oil production in America was “at an eight-year high,” that the number of operating oil rigs had quadrupled, and that millions of acres had been opened for drilling, which were assertions that did not present all the facts, said energy experts.

Petroleum Industry Calls Interior Secretary’s Oil Claims ‘Fundamentally Absurd’

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s claim that the oil and gas industry is not taking advantage of the leases it already holds is "fundamentally absurd," says Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute (API). During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, asked Milito about Secretary Salazar’s claim on Mar. 12 that the oil and gas industry is not using 72 million acres of leased land and ocean and is “sitting on 7,000 permits.” “That’s fundamentally absurd and that’s the kind of rhetoric we need to end as quickly as possible,” Milito said.

Sen. Paul Grills Energy Secretary on Obama Donors Receiving Alternative Energy Loans

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) grilled Energy Secretary Steven Chu Tuesday about the political nature of the administration making loans to alternative energy companies such as Solyndra. Paul cited billionaire and Obama supporter George Kaiser’s involvement with the failed solar company.


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