Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Energy Independence - The Key To Economic Growth

The key to restore economic growth and job creation again in the United States is for our nation to become energy independent.   We have the natural resources in our country, if developed, that would allow us to stop sending billions of dollars overseas to buy foreign oil from countries that hate us.   And,  we could create millions of good paying jobs in the United States by maximizing the development of oil, oil and gas shale, natural gas, clean coal and nuclear energy, in addition to renewables that are not economically feasible today.  

Of course, the environmental wackos are opposed to all carbon and nuclear based energy and they do everything possible to stop it outright, or delay development for years, often making it economically unfeasible.    Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas and other states are sitting on top of gas shale that could power our country for the next 200 years.  The technology is there to extract this natural gas safely without harm to the environment; yet it will take years to get these projects approved, if it ever happens.

Though there are a few in the works, there have been no new nuclear plants built in the US in 30 years even though this source of energy creates no carbon foot print and the technology is there to do it safely.  Nevada is in a Depression, not a recession, with the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country; yet Nevada's Republican Governor Sandoval, Republican Senator Heller and Socialist Senator Dirty Harry Reid all oppose the development of a nuclear industry in Nevada, centered around using Yucca Mountain, 100 miles from Las Vegas in the middle of the desert, built at a cost of $13 billion to the American people. 

Yucca is not about its location in Nevada, which is supported by years of scientific research; but rather nuclear energy that is needed as one componant to make the US energy independent.  In addition, the paradigm has shifted from storage at Yucca to reprocessing of nuclear waste for resale and use again.   Even though a nuclear industry would create thousands of new jobs and perhaps billions in revenues for the state,  Nevada politicians just don't get it. 

We should be drilling for oil in Anwar, Alaska.   Only a few square miles are needed to tap into the Anwar oil fields out of thousands of square miles of frozen tundra.   Yet, the environmental wackos have stopped utilization of Anwar when we know it is a significant oil resource.   We also need to build the Keystone Pipeline to bring Canadian oil to refineries in Texas; yet once again the environmental wackos pressured President Obama to stop it.  And, then there are lithium deposits in Nevada that could make Nevada the lithium capital of the world again creating thousands of jobs; yet the approval process alone takes 2 years and there is no guarantee that it will ever happen even though these deposits are on federal government land in the middle of no where.   Instead, those revenues and jobs are going to South America. 

Look, contrary to Socialist President Obama's assertions, no one supports dirty water or air, or other chemical pollutants in our environment let alone nuclear radiation in the air.   Certainly, there should be reasonable environmental regulations that err on the side of caution; but also recognizes that the balloon has burst.   There are 25 million Americans either unemployed, under employed working part time that want full time work, or that have just given up looking for work altogether.   45 million Americans are on Food Stamps.   Our National Debt is $15 Trillion with no end in sight.  

None of this will change and it could even get worse if we don't have economic growth above 3 or 4% of GDP a year.  To get there, we need cheap energy and the jobs that will come from a vibrant energy industry.   Obama's Environmental Protection Agency, the Gestapo, has done everything possible to stop, or delay carbon and nuclear based energy projects.   Coal mines are actually closing down, costing thousands of jobs, because they can't meet new EPA regulations.   It takes years to get new projects approved and billions of dollars.   And even then, Environmental Wacko groups go to court to stop what is approved.  

We have reached a tipping point.   The United States will either remain a super power with a high standard of living for our people, or we will recede into the history of has been nations.  Clearly, the Socialists in government, including President Obama, are leading us toward second rate status and the bankruptcy of our nation, which is the reason we must sweep them all out of office in 2012 and 2014.   These Socialists are the enemy from within, in many ways as bad as any external enemy we have ever faced.  

We have to take back our country in 2012 and 2014 and once we do so, we must embark on a path toward energy independence.   We have to push aside the environmental wackos that are destroying our economy.  We can do it.   We must do it to preserve our freedom, our nation and way of life for the sake of our children and grandchildren.   

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