Like oil and water

Seems like oil is connected to about everything. The cost associated with growing and delivering our food. The cost of driving to work, the cost of delivering goods and clothing from overseas or the cost of exporting our goods from Washington growers and manufacturers..

  • BY Wire Service
  • Monday, August 25, 2008 7:55pm
  • Opinion

Seems like oil is connected to about everything. The cost associated with growing and delivering our food. The cost of driving to work, the cost of delivering goods and clothing from overseas or the cost of exporting our goods from Washington growers and manufacturers..

People I know are having to cut back on utility use, driving, food, clothing and about everything you can think of because of the rising costs directly related to oil costs. It makes me irate that my elected officials in Washington, D.C. decided that their summer vacation is more important than dealing with our nation’s energy problems. What is even more troubling is having our elected officials tie our hands from producing more oil in our own country. Our officials lie to us like we’re innocent children – the biggest lie being that it would take 10 or more years for oil we drill today to get to the gasoline pumps. The oil that is pumped out of the ground today can be transported to our refineries today.

Our politicians are the problem. Every gallon of oil we find and pump out of the ground in the U.S.A. is one less gallon of oil we have to export from overseas. It would create thousands of good jobs, and our government can pass laws against oil speculation that helps drive up the price of gas.

With everyone hurting at the gas pumps, have our governments lowered their tax on gasoline or diesel one penny? I say that we should drill anywhere in the U.S. there is oil, Force the oil companies and ecologists to work hand in hand to drill safely and responsibly, stop all the bureaucrats from telling us that we can’t drill for oil, construct new refineries, and research and develop new energy sources at the same time.

It is our politicians and a few extremists that want you to believe that we can’t drill and develop alternative energy together. Call your representatives and tell them to get back to work or vote them out of office. Then they can spend all year on vacation.




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