the price of gasoline skyrockets, America
But the Democrats in the House and Senate kept him from developing what would be the largest oil reserve on the North American continent...one that would keep us from being dependent on Mideast Oil for 30 years.
As the price of gasoline skyrockets at the pumps Americans, feeling the bite in their pockets as the national average price for a gallon of gasoline leapfrogged over $2.10 a gallon for the first time in the history of the nation, are demanding that Congress and and the White House do something about it. The price of crude oil on the world market now tops $40 per barrel. The record prices are triggered, the oil giants maintain, by a growing worldwide demand for oil and oil products from the People's Republic of China and the emerging nations, from terrorism and from the fear of terrorist attacks against refineries (even though no such terrorist attacks have happened)and due to environmental regulations imposed by both State and federal governments on the industry. And, of course, by increased taxes on gasoline and fuel oil. Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Nature's Conservatory (who are financed by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Pew Foundation and the Carnegie Trust) have pushed for environmental regulations that are designed specifically to make it more difficult for small oil companies to either drill for oil or refine existing oil reserves owned by them. As a result of several Clinton-Gore EPA initiatives, most of the nation's small, independent oil companies were forced out of business in the mid-1990s. So were almost all of the nation's independent oil refiners. Due to intensive lobbying by the Seven Sisters and their environmentalist shills, no new oil refineries have been built in the United States in over 22 years. As a result, approximately 85% of the small independent oil producers who own the marginally-profitable oil companies in the United States have been run out of business by Standard Oil and the Seven Sisters since the existing refineries, which are owned by the oil giants, refuse to process the crude oil of the independents by telling them their storage tanks are full. And, they are. Not only are the refineries' storage tanks full, they have trainloads of crude oil sit on rail sidings at every refinery in the nation.
After the conservative consumer gas boycott on May 19th, I visited a local gas station that Saturday to "fill up.". My tank was about half full. So was my wife's. Two weeks ago, it cost about $15 to fill my wife's gas tank. (She's one of those people who waits for the red light to come on before buying gas. She appreciates those little innovative devises the auto industry puts in their cars to tell people when to fill up.) And her tank is generally running on fumes when she fills up. On the other hand, I'm a "half-tanker." When the gas gauge falls below half, I fill up. Now it's a good thing since its almost to the point where you need to go to the bank for a small loan to fill up. Topping the half-full tanks in my Olds and my wife's Cougar cost $40the price of two full tanks two weeks ago if both cars were running on fumes. Guess its a good thing the Rockefeller familythe wealthiest family in the worldowns the heftiest share of the stock in Standard Oil and the Seven Sisters. which is actually ten of the largest oil companies in the world (excluding Royal Dutch Shell). (Exxon, Mobil, Texaco, Chevron, Sohio, Sunoco, Conoco, Atlantic Richfield, Amoco and BP America.) They also own Citicorp and Chase Manhattan which merged with J.P. Morgan to become Chase-Morgan. Now the Rockefellers can not only sell you a tankful of gasoline anywhere in the world, they can finance it for you as well.
If you recall, shortly after 9-11, President George W. Bush announced that he intended to lessen America's dependency on foreign oil (i;e., Mideast oil) by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge [ANWR} for oil exploration and drilling. America currently buys 55% of its domestic oil from the Persian Gulf region. About 67% of the gasoline and heating oil consumed in the United States comes from foreign sources. Strange as it sounds, America exports close to half of its domestically-produced oiland we sometimes sell it for less than we pay the Arab world for the oil we import. We even extend that courtesy to the former Soviet Union which has as much, if not more oil than we do. In fact, if you recall the home heating oil crisis that was looming large during in September, 2000 when Al Gore, Jr. was campaigning for the White House, public pressure was brought to bear on the Clinton Administration to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to convert a sufficient amount of oil into home heating oil to deflect the crisis so it wouldn't affect Gore's chance to win the White House on Nov. 6, 2000.
On September 21, 2000 Gore made an impassioned plea for Bill Clinton to transfer 500 million barrels of oil from the military's reserve into a Home Heating Oil Reserve. Thirty-four and a half million barrels were actually set aside to provide home heating oil for the elderly and the poorand a $400 million slush fund, paid for by the taxpayers, to offset the additional costs assessed to the elderly for their heating bills that winter. The only problem was, there was no shortage of oil. The bottleneck was at the refineries. Due to the sheer volume of environmental regulations imposed through the EPA by the "environmental vice president," Al Gore, the refineries simply couldn't convert oil into gasoline and heating oil fast enough to meet demand and end the crisis. When the heating oil crisis story moved from page one of the major newspapers (which it did when Clinton dedicated the 34.5 million barrels of the Navy's strategic fuel supply to domestic home heating, Gore quietly sold the Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil to Russia (since the Clinton Administration had no place to store the oil once it was released to the civilians in the Interior Department). As far as the American consumer was concerned, the heating oil crisis of 2000 was diverted because Bill Clinton turned over millions of barrels of the Navy's oil to the elderly when, in point of fact, none of the national security oil reserves were used to offset the "shortages" the media said existedunless the media was referring to home heating oil shortages in Russia.
America has never been more vulnerable to economic blackmail than it is today. If our Mideast trading partners and theoretic military allies decide to impose an oil embargo like they did during the Carter years, America can expect to see not only much higher prices on gasoline and oil products (which include anything plastic), but a return to double digit inflation complete with double digit interest rates—and perhaps even double digit unemployment to match.
The best time to solve any problem is before it becomes one. If America waits for a full-fledged OPEC oil boycott to shatter our economy before beginning to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, it will be too late since it will take upwards of two years from the time drilling begins to impact the oil market. By the time the first barrel of ANWR oil is delivered to an American refinery, America will be experiencing a FDR-style depressionor we will have surrendered in to the Muslm extremistsand Israel will be renamed "Palestine" as it currently is on most Arab scholastic maps, and the new American statehouse will be in the Muslim city of Jerusalem.
America simply can't afford to wait.
The 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lies north of the Arctic Circle. In fact, it's only 1,300 miles from the North Poleabout the same distance as it is from New York to Havana, Cuba. ANWR contains one village, Kaktovik. The village has a population of 220.
America has a choice. The United States can continue to import 55% of its oil needs from the Arab world, or it can take the steps necessary to end America's oil dependency.
When drilling first began on the North Slope of Alaska (Prudhoe Bay) geologists estimated the oil field contained roughly 9.3 billion barrels of oil. (That number was upgraded from the original estimate of 1.9 billion barrels.) To date (before environmentalists managed to shut down most of the new oil well exploration and drillingand even caused many existing wells to be capped), over 14 billion barrels have been sucked out from under the tundraand the existing wells are still producing a steady stream of black gold. Geologists conservatively estimate there is enough oil under the tundra in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to supply all of America's oil needs for the next 30 years.
In 1923 U.S. government geologists discovered a massive oil field in northern Alaska because of oil seepage to the surface of the tundra. President Warren G. Harding set aside 23 million acres as an oil reserve for the American government. The reserve became known as Naval Petroleum Reserve Number Four. After the Korean War, it was renamed the National Petroleum ReserveAlaska. In the mid-1950s a group of environmentalists decided the northeast quadrant of the protected area would make an ideal wildlife sanctuary. In their lobbying efforts, they called it "The Last Great Wilderness." But, environmentalists working on behalf of Standard Oil and the Seven Sisters were unable to convince Congress that an area so vital to the nation's national security should be declared a protected caribou habitat where oil exploration and drilling would not be allowed since it was claimed that oil drillingand humans for that matterwould disturb the ecosystem and make it uninhabitable for the native caribou and other native Arctic wildlife.
It would not be until 1980, when President Jimmy Carter was fighting long lines at gas stations nationwide due to the OPEC oil embargoprecisely when America needed to tap into the vast oil reserves that could end America's oil dependency on the Mideastthat the Democratically-controlled Congress enacted the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 19 million acres of wildlands abutting the Canadian border in what was known as the Arctic Wildlife Range. The Democrats wanted to make certain that the next administration which the polls all said would be Ronald Reagan'scould not open the area for oil exploration. While several independent wildcatters were doing oil exploration above the Continental Divide within the Arctic Circle most of the oil leases were owned by Standard Oil and the Seven Sistersand, for the most part, they were doing nothing with them even though geologists had already estimated that there was a minimum of 16 billion barrels of easy to extract oilcheap oilunder the tundra in an area designated simply as "Area 1002." It is in this areaabove the divide bordering the Beaufort Seawhere the Bush Administration wants to drill for oil. (The blue-lined area on the map, above, denotes the targeted drilling area). Area 1002 is about 2,000 acresabout the size of a regional airport). Environmentalists (some employed by Mobil-Exxon and BP-Amoco) have argued that drillers would destroy the Arctic wildlife refuge and displace the porcupine caribou that mate along the coastline every spring (where drillers would be drilling in Area 1002). The Gwich'in eskimoswho depend on the porcupine caribou for their food supply and winter shelternow have a two-faced attitude about the potential environmental impact of drilling in Area 1002 since they leased their lands (in the wildlife area denoted with blue lines) to BP-Amoco and Mobil-Exxon in the expectation of getting rich off their oil leases.
But the transnational oil companies never sunk the first well. When asked, they said there were cheaper places to drill. They simply let their oil leases expireafter the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 was enacted and drilling was banned in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That suggests that the only reason they bought the oil leases in the first place was to make sure the Gwich'ins couldn't sell the leases to independent oil companies and wildcat drillers who would have sunk the wells.
Why would the major oil companies refuse to drill in a bonanza oil field?
The transnational oil industry (comprised largely of four global oil family conglomeratesthe Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the Nobels, and the Marcus Samuels together with about 50 lesser known American familieswho profited exorbitantly from the 1911 Standard Oil break-up when they became tutorial principles of the Seven Sisters) believe in following the course of least resistance, geologically speaking, in drilling for oil. Actuararily, even a novice bean counter will tell you it's far less expensive to drill wells through sand and limestone than through granite and ice, or under a mile or two of sea water in the Beaufort Sea (which is under a sheet of slab ice about 9 or 10 months a year). That said, it should be noted that Saudi Arabia has oil reserves estimated to be 300 billion barrels, Kuwaitwhich we liberated during the first Gulf Warhas oil reserves estimated to be about 125 billion barrels. The United Arab Emirates has reserves totaling 100 billion barrels. Iran and Iraq are jointly sitting on about 125 billion barrels. There are roughly a trillion barrels of cheap oil under the sand on the Arabian Peninsula. The problem is, there isn't much profit in cheap oil, nor is there much profit selling hard to reach oil deposits for $20 to $25 per barrel (the normal world price for a barrel of crude). To make ANWR oil profitable, the Seven Sisters need the global price for oil to remain staticabove the $35 per barrel level, otherwise their corporate profits will nosedive when they begin drilling in the Arctic wildlands or under the Beaufort Sea or, for that matter, under the South China Sea in a deal that Standard Oil signed with the People's Republic of China two years ago. When profits plummet, oil company shareholders become disillusioned and portfolio managers make adjustments to more profitable stocksthose yielding larger dividendssince most investors live off the dividends their stock produces.
The age of the cheap ride is gone. While there is enough retrievable oil under the crust of the Earth and under its oceans to provide for all of man's energy needs for the next 500 years, fossil fuelswhether coal or oilcannot replenish themselves. Every million barrels of oil or ton of coal used is a million barrels of oil or tons of coal that no longer exists. Ultimately, when they're gone, they will be gone forever.
For the past 150 years Standard Oil has carefully gauged the depletion of this critical natural resource, and trying to find ways to curb its use while maintaining the company's bottom line with less "inventory" consumption. In 1900, Standard Oil scientists calculated that, without very careful conservation, the world's supply of oil would be depleted in 50 to 100 years. In 1999 the Scientific Journal estimated that, roughly, there are about 1,000 billion barrels of oil left in the Earth that can be extracted by traditional means. Their estimates are extrapolations from production statistics on existing wells. The database is flawed since the Seven Sisters' funded environmentalists have done their jobs well and have stymied almost all oil exploration in North America over the past two decades. Furthermore, there has been little oil exploration in the former Soviet Union whose oil reserves will rival those of the Mideast when fully exploited.
In 1998 when they issued their report on the end of cheap oil, the Scientific Journal conclusions suggest that within a decade of their reportby 2007due largely to the deliberate curbing of oil production by the oil giants, the price of gasoline could exceed $4.00 per gallon in the United States. Over the next couple of years, we can expect to see several sharp spikes in price at the gas pumps followed by slight reprieves caused by temporary gluts that will serve only as staging plateaus for the next wave of price increases. With a diminishing supply of the most valuable commodity in the world, the global oil cartel will continue to control supply throughout the world in order to increase demandand profits.
While President George W. Bush was backed by Standard Oil money in 2000, he is now fighting the global oil cartel and the environmental lobbyists who have been filling the campaign coffers of ecoalarmlist Democrats since 1988. I'd like to believe that Bush was smart enough to realize that you can't the win the War on Terrorism if you are providing the terrorists with the money they need to wage war against you. I'd like to believe that Bush was smart enough to realize that you can't win the War on Terrorism when you are dependent on the terrorists for the oil you need to fuel your own economyand your war machines (since the Strategic Oil Reserves can be tapped only in times of declared war when critical oil supplies are cut off from reaching our refineries and our ships at seas, planes in the army and trucks and tanks on the ground).
And, I'd also like to believe that Bush was enough of a student of history when he was earning his MBA at Yale to remember how the Arab oil cartel turned oil into a very powerful weapon that brought the American economy crashing down around Jimmy Carter's ears. Bush apparently was such a student of history since he tried to open Area 1002 to oil exploration and drilling. The Democratic-controlled Senate that blocked his attempts in 2001 apparently was not. Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to relive it. Of course, the Democrats know that, with the help of a very compliant liberal media pointing fingers away from them, Congress is never blamed for the sins they committhe man in the White House, upon whose watch the rape of the American people takes place is always blamedeven when the rape is committed by the "loyal" opposition.
Only this time aroundjust for onceI'd like to think that the American people are smart enough to think this one through without the help of the New York Times and the Washington Post, and remember that by opening ANWR, Bush would have provided America with a new oil stream to offset any planned embargo by our "allies" in the Mideast.
America should also remember what happened when Bush tried to reverse several Bill Clinton Executive Orders that impacted the oil industry by forcing the shutdown 85% of the independent oil refineries and most of the small, mom and pop oil companies in the country. Liberal Democrats took Bush to court and a Clinton federal judge ruled that, in this one instance, because Bush had "political motives" for wanting to undo Clinton's executive orders, he could not reverse Clinton's environmental decrees. The Clinton Executive Orders, signed in the midnight hours before Clinton left the White House (but after Gore lost his frantic bid to steal the White House), caused hundreds of producing wells to be capped because they lacked the means to have their oil refinedand caused hundreds of small manufacturers to close their doors and ship their jobs to Mexico.
And, ohby the way, Executive Order constitutionally have no force of law since the President of the United States has neither the legislative or judicial authority to issue binding orders on the people of the United States. (This was a practice initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a convenient tool to create legislation that Congressmen and Senators could never enact and keep their jobs. Legally, Executive Orders are nothing more than glorified interoffice memos from the "boss" to his employees. When the President of General Motors issues a policy memo to the mid-level management of its Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and Pontiac divisions, that memo does not affect the management of Ford or Chrysler. When Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order banning smoking in all federal government buildings, Congress literally told him to kiss their butts, and reminded him that Executive Orders are glorified interoffice memos that affect only the employees of the Executive Branch of government. Think about that one the next time Congress starts wringing their hands about a presidential Executive Order that legislates a "new direction" for the nation.
Well, once again, you have my two cents worth.