AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Politicians ignore the obvious The liberal Democrats, especially, have ignored the obvious impacts of increased demand combined with decreased domestic supply (clearly demonstrated by the interruptions of 1973, 1978 and 1980). By making domestic energy resources off limits, the politicians, including presidents, have been playing their political power games with the nation’s socioeconomic stability. The GOP takeover of the Congress in 1994 somewhat changed the situation. In 1996, the Republicans by a narrow margin approved a bill to open the Alaskan North Slope, which included the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to exploration and environmentally sound development. But then-President Clinton, influenced by liberal Democrats’ ties to environmental extremists, vetoed the bill. For the first four years of the George W. Bush presidency, the Democrats succeeded in filibustering the Bush energy bill that included opening ANWR and other coastal resources. In 2005, Bush failed to cancel Clinton’s presidential drilling bans on federal lands and offshore fields even though in March, the Senate narrowly voted to allow oil drilling within ANWR. ANWR proponents claimed it could deliver more than 1million barrels of oil per day for 15 to 20 years. By linking up with the existing Prudhoe Bay pipeline, the development would reduce dependence on imports, cut prices and create thousands of jobs. Opponents claimed it would disrupt the pristine Alaskan tundra, including a major caribou breeding ground, and enrich the greedy oil companies. But experience with the existing Alaska oil recovery operation and pipeline proves exactly the opposite. The Caribou herds thrive on the warmth delivered by the heated oil pipeline and have no trouble moving beneath its raised structure. Second of two parts. By Stan Katten Dependence on foreign oil makes the United States more vulnerable to world oil-price fluctuations due to increasing demand of developing nations, especially China and India. And while the Bush administration has made efforts to cut off funding to terrorists and their supporters, the United States continues to send hundreds of billions of dollars each year to Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other nations that directly or indirectly support terrorism. Natural gas and oil generates about 40 percent of our electricity. Hundreds of products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic rubber require oil derivatives. Our transportation systems run mostly on oil derivatives. These permeate the entire economy. Diesel, for example, runs equipment to plant crops and to extract raw materials. The rising cost of oil increases the prices of everything, and any serious disruption can have disastrous economic effects. Extremists keep winning Nonetheless, due to a number of Republican moderates who were either against or borderline on the ANWR issue, the situation remained undecided. In December 2005, the House narrowly passed an attachment to a “must-pass” defense bill, but the Senate succeeded in once again blocking the bill as Republicans could not muster the 60 votes needed. In late 2006, the Senate passed a bill opening much of the eastern Gulf of Mexico 125 miles off the Florida panhandle and 250 miles off Florida’s west coast, along with a 37.5 percent sharing of royalties with the states. This was to be reconciled with a much broader House bill, but the Senate Democrats refused to accept any part of the broader bill. California’s liberal Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein opposed the bill in any form even though the Senate version wouldn’t affect California’s coast. In 2007, additional attempts also failed to reach the president, even as oil approached $100 per barrel and gas prices neared $3.50 per gallon in California. Liberal Democrats and their environmental-extremist campaign contributors have opened the United States up to possibilities for rampant inflation and deep recession, widespread social unrest, weakened diplomatic strength and even oil blackmail (as was recently threatened by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez). More than a decade has been wasted during which prices could have been contained by the development of increased domestic oil and natural gas supplies. This would have provided ample time to develop alternative fuels, such as more nuclear, wind, solar and geothermal generation. The nation could have built more efficient refineries and encouraged greater industrial, commercial and residential efficiency in all energy uses. There is no longer any way to avoid the pain and danger of higher prices due to tighter supplies for several years. What should have been done earlier must now be accomplished on a crash basis. Americans need to contact their representatives and demand immediate action to increase domestic supplies. Stan Katten is a former RAND Corp. analyst and a San Pedro resident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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