Obama, Big Oil, Gas Prices, and Energy Independence

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Foxfyre, May 14, 2011.

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  1. Punish environmental damage but otherwise turn energy producers loose.

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  2. Remove all non essential requirements such as inclusion of bio fuels.

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  3. Remove all federal restrictions on oil and gas production.

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  4. Promote nuclear.

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  5. Forget oil and go green only.

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  6. Other and I'll explain in my post.

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  1. Foxfyre
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    According to various news stories today, Barack Obama is giving a green light to reinstating or retaining off shore oil leases in Alaska and the Gulf and removing restrictions on a few other areas. While the GOP is applauding this, most say it doesn't go far enough. It is speculated that the Democrats in Congress will oppose it.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/...?icid=main|htmlws-main-w|dl1|sec1_lnk3|213266

    What do you think we should be shooting for given the high price of fuel, strong inflationary trends on food and other necessities, and growing independence on foreign oil?

    Just off the top of my head:
    1) Remove all unnecessary federal regulations on refinery construction.
    2) Remove all federal restrictions on oil and gas production.
    3) Push for a uniform gasoline formulation nationwide so that refineries don't have to close down to retool for a different formula for different markets.
    4) Remove all requirements for use of ethanol and other bio additives in fuels.
    5) Remove all subsidies and reduce taxes for all commerce and industry and allow the free market to work.
    6) Put iron clad strongly punative fines and penalities in place for unacceptable environmental damage and turn energy producing industries loose.
     
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    NOTE TO MODS: In the second poll option, could you please change 'requires' to 'requirements'? Thanks.
     
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    Just because oil comes from here doesn't mean it's "sold" here? Right? You know that if the price falls, oil companies will hold back production to raise prices? Right?

    Republicans suffer from "Sacred Oil Company" Syndrome. They will never be on the side of the American consumer. You know that, right?

    What is it you don't get?
     
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    Did you just come in to parrot the leftwingnut talking points, or do you intend to join in the discussion about what we should be doing to bring down fuel and other costs and obtain energy independence Rdean? I notice you didn't participate in the poll. Or maybe you did, but if did your response doesn't make sense given your remarks.
     
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    What I do get is if the World's oil supply increases, the price goes down. I also understand that holding back production to raise prices is merely speculation on your part.

    I also understand that we are presently at the mercy of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other oil producing countries that do not like us. We can deal with Exxon/Mobil but it becomes more difficult when it is a foreign country ripping us off.

    What is it you don't get?
     
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    I should have ignored this left wing loser, but I didn't.

    I meant to check off promote Nuclear, which is one of the very few policy items where I agree with the community organizer.
     
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    I think nuclear has to be approached with a great deal of care given the severe consequences of a nuclear accident. To build a reactor on top of the San Andreas fault or on the Mississippi flood plain would be just plain stupid. But put them in seismically stable areas not subject to severe flooding, etc. and they make a whole lot of sense.

    But we still need to run our ships and trains and planes and trucks and automobiles and for now that means we need a lot of oil. And there is a lot of oil remaining--more than enough to last us until technology comes up with something better that is just as affordable and user friendly--if we just go after it.
     
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    I'm wondering. Who out there believes the USA is capable of becoming energy independent. Do we have that capability?

    In forming your answer please consider all the energy needs that exist from household lighting, heating, cooling to all forms of transportion to all our industrial and recreational needs.
     
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    Target 2050 to have 100% nuclear fueled electricity generation.
     
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    Obama is worried about the 2012 election.
     

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