Monday, July 21, 2008

Drilling for Oil...

Of course, we all want to pay lower prices at the pump. And yes, it looks very tempting to drill the hell out of Alaska because, let's face it, no one lives there anyway - certainly not at the tippie-top of Alaska where all the good stuff is...And in the end, this ANWR region is a place where no one is ever going to go - for all we know there are ten thousand Russians there already draining the place dry.

But none of these are really good reasons for digging in Alaska*.

Here are five reasons why we should:

1 - American oil companies have all pledged that the oil found there will be refined and sold in America and not on the open world market where they might be able to make more money in an unpatriotic way.

2 - OPEC has already agreed that they will not artificially keep prices high by reducing their output to match America's extra output. OPEC likes us and wants to see us do well.

3 - Pumping oil out of ANWR will not halt the march of progress Americans have made in reducing consumption of oil and in seeking alternative fuel sources. A march, by the way, that has been well underway since at least the late days of April.

4- How the hell many caribou do we need? Think about it. When did you ever need even one? Now what about ten thousand of them?

5 - People working for the EPA have not had a damn thing to clean up in years. I don't mean little spills here or there, I mean supersites --the truly toxic stuff that can leaves miles of dead zone for generations. We talk about government waste, yet we do nothing to keep the EPA busy. Instead, they shuffle reports all damn day. They'd like to be busy, but they can't do it alone. They need big oil, unfettered, doing what it does best...

If these five don't convince you about the crucial need for opening up all of Alaska not just the dribbly bits, then I don't know what will. Perhaps if you had a financial incentive. For instance, I happen to have the title deeds to over five thousand acres of territory in those oil fields that I'd be willing to part with for a low, low...

* That is, that Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, not the rest of it


Blogger Keith Raffel said...

We could have discussed all this at ThrillerFest -- if you shown!

July 21, 2008 8:55 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey Cyr said...

Perhaps, instead of drilling for oil, man should be drilling for the maker of oil. The omnipotent and benevolent Archeologist who created deposits of organic plant and animal remains - fossil fuels - on earth.
Or maybe, man should be drilling within themselves - within themselves for Truth. For, what does a fuel do, other than transport materials to other materials?
And if men crystalize themselves as simple materials, slaves to other simple materials, than how will they ever know Truth?
In this state men are useless, and should be cast down into the earth to be eaten by the worms thereof. And then, in a few million years, they could be extracted and used as fuels themselves - and actually contribute something to the whole of man, instead of perpetually taking to gratify self.

- you don't remember me, i'm sure, but I hope your doing well.

July 26, 2008 1:57 AM  

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