Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Energy Stuff

Nice to see Obama changing his position on offshore drilling, most likely since it seems most Americans favor offshore drilling now. Gotta do what you have to to win.

The Orange County Register takes a look this morning at those opposed to offshore drilling. I was surprised to learn that just 25 years ago 60 percent of the oil we consume was produced domestically. Now we only produce 25 percent.

Speaking of energy, I'm surprised the Honda FCX Clarity (photo above), a hydrogen powered car that hit the market in June of this year, didn't get more press. I only noticed because of an ad I received from Honda this morning. Maybe because there'll only be a couple hundred released over the next three years? You'd think they could put them out faster than that.


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Advocates of offshore drilling estimate that we would make available 10.4 billion barrels of oil, and that such drilling would reduce the price of gasoline in the short term.. The Bush Energy Department says that if the ban were lifted it would take five years for production to begin and any impact on prices would be a few cents a gallon even after full production was achieved many years down the road.

Drilling in the 70 million acres of Federal land (including in the Gulf of Mexico)that the oil companies already have drilling leases for would produce an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil in a much shorter time frame.

Proponents of offshore drilling say that it is safe for the environment and that there were no oil spills as a result of hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Again, Bush's Energy Department reported that over 100 drilling platforms were destroyed and several hundred thousand gallons of oil were released as a result of those hurricanes.

My bottom line is that fossil fuels are a finite resource and, as they release greenhouse gasses into the environment, an aggressive national energy policy that fosters a transition to renewable energy sources is in our national interest from an economic and national security perspective.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"Bush's Energy Department reported that over 100 drilling platforms were destroyed and several hundred thousand gallons of oil were released as a result of those hurricanes.".

First I've heard of that. Where's all the stories of the clean up?

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, you are saying Obama is a politician, not a god? Well, that's just preposterous!

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Perhaps. I am glad he's changed his public position on the issue.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Rose said...

But, Fred, he specified that we could be drilling, but only VER CAREFUL drilling. That makes it all a-ok..


At 6:09 PM, Blogger Fred said...

There's already so many regulations that I think they have to be careful, Rose.

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No rigs were destroyed. Only obamanomics will be allowed in the obamanation.

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I'll reluctantly allow that Droznian comment.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Rose said...

I't's my understanding that no oil was spilled during Katrina, it's been talked about quite a bit. It's late and I don't feel like googling sources. But I am pretty sure. Fred is right, we would have heard ALL about the cleanup effort - and Bush would've been blamed for that, too.

At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Minerals Management Service website update on Katrina and Rita.

At 6:22 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks. Sounds like not much of an issue, though. To quote the report:

No shoreline or wildlife impacts were noted from these spills.


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