Friday, May 31, 2002

Point Three - Is Anybody Ever Gonna Get It?



There is no way I'm going to finish this point in one post, but I'll start it here and now anyway.

I was initially going to title this "Are The Conservatives Ever Gonna Get It", but after some mulling it just seems wrong do indite all conservatives on this. Its prejudicial and biased. Not every conservative thinks the exact same way. It just seems that I haven't seen much argument on the right for doing what I proposed earlier, which is to be completely self sufficient in our oil consumption. The Nation Review, Andrew Sullivan, etc. all seem to be saying the same thing.

The essesnce of P3 is basically are people gonna get the fact that we fund terrorism thru oil? I know I'm not the first one to say this but my first thought after the anti drug commercials in the Super Bowl, linking drugs to terrorism was that the commercial should have been talking about Oil, not drugs. Oil does more to fund terrorism, and make this country a target for terror.

We cater to oil producing nations led by theocracies and dictatorships - they hate our country but the love our currency. If you really want to send a message to those Islamic extremist nations we need to stop sending them our money.

Despite what anyone says there are many alternatives that exist now, that aren't in the testing phase either. Some are in production right now, like ethanol made from corn. By the way, we subsidizie corn because we produce so much. Wouldn't it be better to use the marketplace? Instead of giving corn farmers money to produce an overgrown crop you could increase the demand for corn, killing two birds with one stone. No need for subsidies, better prices for corn for farmers (and agribusiness behemoths, admittedly) and greater sulf sufficiency for energy.

I am not saying that ethanol will solve all our energy problems BUT look at the energy market for cars, its ALL petroleum based, save for some very small niches right now for stuff like natural gas and ethanol.

For example - Many companies drill and refine crude, but they all use the same substance. Want real competition in the energy market? Start mandating that a certain percentage of cars run on fuels other than oil. E85, 85% Ethanol and 15% oil would be a good start (yes, it still has oil, but it's an improvement of our current situation!)

I tried to buy a Flexable Fule Vehicle (FFV) Ford Taurus that could run on E85 and Gas. Unfortunately they are too expensive and horribly fuel inefficient. Instead I drive a 1991 Honda Civic. It gets good fuel effiiciency but I still send about $1.50 to the Saudis every time I filler up.

More later...

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