Drill Here, Drill Now

There’s widespread consensus in the United States that America needs to become energy independent. America’s ever growing dependence on foreign energy puts her at ever-greater risk in a highly unstable world. Given the current political upheavals in the Middle East, this reality is slapping America in the face with rapidly increasing costs at the pump, which will contribute to an increase in the cost of goods and services to the consumer.

“Progressives” feel an ongoing, compulsive need to force America to accept their “green energy solution”. Proposals made by the current administration and fellow “progressives” indicate a desire to achieve this end at all costs come what may. Stiffer regulations on auto emissions and mileage, EPA dictated carbon emission regulations on energy providers, resistant against development of domestic natural resources, deficit government spending on inefficient and noncompetitive solar, wind, tide and bio-fuel technology dominate the political landscape.

While these measures do “promote” development of “green” energies, they dictate a highly impatient, frenetic pace that will cripple the American economy at a moment of unprecedented fragility. They force the issue at the worst possible time…during a deep recession, teetering on the brink of a full-blown depression.

America’s public and industrial infrastructure is based on the use of petroleum, natural gas and coal, as well as limited nuclear power. Nearly everyone drives a vehicle that burns gasoline or diesel fuel. Public transportation relies on fossil fuels as well. Natural gas, heating oil and coal are used in our furnaces to heat our homes and places of business. Coal and nuclear power generate electricity, which powers countless devices; the uses of which we take for granted every day. Coal, natural gas and petroleum products power American’s industrial complex, the base of our economic engine. America’s economy depends heavily on these existing sources of power. These methods of providing and consuming energy are all deeply ingrained into our business, manufacturing and home life.

It’s impractical to expect to change the methods of powering an entire society of 304 million people overnight. It’s going to take time to finish such an enormous task. More time than most people realize. In the meantime, what energy’s going to be used in the manufacture, delivery and installation of the windmills, solar panels, turbines, generators and power grid required to provide renewable energy to the public? Will it be the renewable energy delivery system that yet awaits construction? Sorry, no. The energy that’s going to be used will be traditional fuels.

Why are we going to continue spending hundreds of billions of dollars on foreign energy while America has undeveloped energy right here in our own country? Why aren’t we keeping those billions of dollars at home, in our own cash starved economy?

At a time when millions of Americans are looking for work and our economy is starving for liquid capital, why aren’t we taking advantage of our own wealth of natural resources? Why aren’t we giving Americans jobs drilling for oil and natural gas or digging for coal? Why aren’t we putting people to work building refineries and power plants? Why aren’t we giving energy employees jobs delivering gas, coal and natural gas to consumers? How many peripheral jobs will be created in the process? For every new oil well, power plant, refinery or mine there will be new roads built, followed by restaurants, stores and housing. All generated by the only force capable of powering America’s economic recovery: the private sector.

Do not touch the emergency oil reserves. These reserves should only be used for a pressing national emergency. Tapping in to them every time there’s an increase in the price of a barrel of oil is mismanagement and misapplication of the stockpile. Not only will they need to be replenished with more expensive oil, that’s a very short-term fix to a very long-term problem.

In the interest of national security and job creation, America should put Americans back to work delivering American energy to Americans. This is the best way to become energy independent. Attempting to force a “green solution” on America overnight will only lead to the destruction of our economy.

We don’t need a broken economy. We need energy independence.

Let’s do it the right way. Drill here. Drill now.

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