Exxon Head: Energy Independence Is a Myth

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    Exxon Head: Energy Independence Is a Myth

    Tue Jun 8, 8:19 AM ET Add Business - AP to My Yahoo!


    By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON - The idea of American energy independence is a myth and the United States must maintain "constructive relationships" with oil-producing countries for its own prosperity, the head of petroleum giant Exxon Mobil Corp. said Monday night.

    "We do not have the resource base to be energy independent," Exxon Mobil chairman Lee R. Raymond said in a speech in which he outlined some of what he called the "hard truths" about global energy markets.

    Raymond, who runs the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said that while other countries, including Russia, will play a growing role in supplying oil to the world, the Middle East will remain the center of supply because it holds as much as half of the world's oil reserves.

    "We simply cannot avoid significant reliance on oil and gas from the Middle East because the world's supply pool (of oil) is highly dependent upon the Middle East," Raymond said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


    The fact that the United States and the rest of the world will have to depend increasingly for its oil and also for natural gas from Middle East, "is not a matter of ideology or politics," he said. "It is simply inevitable."


    Raymond scoffed at suggestions — heard commonly among politicians in Washington — of energy independence.


    "We periodically hear calls for U.S. energy independence as if this were a real option," he said. "The fact is, the United States is a part of the world energy market and we must participate and compete in that market."


    At a time when relations with some major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are strained, Raymond said the United States must work to "maintain appropriate and constructive relationships with oil-rich countries in the future. They will be very important for our prosperity and our security."


    Responding to a question from the audience about the recent terrorist attacks that killed oil workers in Saudi Arabia, Raymond said they "obviously give us a lot of pause" because Exxon Mobil has workers and investments in petrochemical plants and refineries in the country.


    `We're going through a difficult patch right now ... and may for some time," he said.


    Exxon Mobil earned a record $21.5 billion last year, nearly double the previous year, and also reported record earnings during the first quarter of this year as crude oil and gasoline prices soared.


    Raymond predicted that fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas — will continue to provide most of the energy for many decades, even if there are improvement in conservation and efficiency and expansion of other energy sources.


    As for global warming, Raymond expressed _as he often has — his skepticism about the science and predicted that in the decades ahead "carbon dioxide emissions from greater fossil fuel use will climb."


    Carbon dioxide is the leading "greenhouse gas" that many scientists believe eventually will cause a warming of the earth if allowed to continue to grow.


    "We simply do not yet have the economic solutions or technologies that would permit us to meet future energy demands without carbon emissions growth," Raymond said.




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    Had we explored the extraordinary discoveries of the 1950's involving wind, solar and hydrogen possibilities we would have no dependence whatsoever on hydrocarbons now. Seeing as how the "free-market" limited and even quelled further research on these entities we are now faced with an ever increasing dependence on others than our own abilities to provide energy production to sustain us.

    But the "free-market" will sustain us, somehow, someway and to hell with the long term. We'll exhaust completely one resourse while completely ignoring others that can and should be developed but to the detriment of the existing primary resourse, at least for the short term. What would you expect? Even our water and sewage systems are now being exploited for Corporate satisfaction and to hell with the users of the same, which includes us all. Jeesch, I could go on and on, but I'll spare you for now.

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    We are hellbent on destroying our enviroment. That's for sure.
    I like how some COMPLETELY DISREGARD THIS UPHILL BATTLE WE FACE AS IF THE WAR ON TERROR IS OUR ONLY CONCERN.
     

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