Our nation must adapt and overcome

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Our country started its downward spiral out of control when former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took over during the last two years of the Bush administration.

When President Obama was elected, he acted like a kid in a candy store with his parent's charge card, spending beyond its limit. That is when gas prices started to rise, slowing down our economy, killing commerce and bringing prosperity to a halt.

Our elected officials don't have the mind-set to think outside the box. Where is it written that we can't adapt and improvise to solve our problems?

If Obama wanted to fix our broken economy, he didn't have to go to Brazil and offer them $2 billion of our hard-earned money to drill for oil and sell it back to us. He could build six new oil refineries here in our country -- partnering up with the oil companies as I suggested in previous writings -- giving jobs to the jobless and millions of dollars back into our coffers.

With the stroke of his pen, Obama could put a freeze on imported oil, stopping any oil over $50 a barrel from coming in. OPEC and the other oil-producing countries would feel the pain that we have been suffering at the pumps for the past several years.

In the meantime, we could and should open up those capped wells around the country that have been untouched for 30 or more years.

In the Marine Corps we learned to adapt and improvise or die. This country is on the brink of dying. It's time it adapts.

Gregory J. Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

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faithson
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faithson 04/18/11 - 11:09 pm
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Greg.. why don't you run

Greg.. why don't you run down to the toyota dealership and see how well they take to 'telling' them you want to pay HALF PRICE for that nice four door.... bet they can hold out longer than you can. In the mean time just hoof it to work for awhile because they will see your side 'one day' and give you that illusion of a deal you put before them. Yea, back to the stone age, time to adapt everyone!

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copperhead 04/19/11 - 02:31 am
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We need to cap all domestic

We need to cap all domestic oil wells(there could be a nasty spill)stop all domestic oil drilling close all nuclear power plants and all coal fired power plants. That'll teach 'em!

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rmwhitley 04/19/11 - 05:33 am
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"You ain't seen nothin' yet".
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"You ain't seen nothin' yet". obama's sheer arrogance and narcissism is leading us to the depths of dispair. Imagine the "head of state", obama, so reviled by a nation considered to be our staunchist ally, Great Britain, that he and his egomaniacal wife weren't even invited to a "simple" wedding. Imagine a "secretary of the treasury" having personal tax problems, and having your taxes audited. Imagine a "secretary of homeland security" calling our southern border safe as the Mexicans have murdered mor than 30,000 people in the past year because they can't control themselves. Imagine a "senate" led by a self-absorbed, vote buying, strong armed thug. Imagine a country being run by a chicago political system that has been corrupt since the 1840's. Imagine.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/19/11 - 05:43 am
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Maybe he will give them more

Maybe he will give them more CD'S, tapes or whatever he gave the queen. While I do not like the royalty system, it is in place and the President should abide by the protocol of England. Just released Obamas income and tax payments this year. While he made over 3 times what I did he paid 9% less in taxes.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/19/11 - 06:29 am
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So oil companies in the US

So oil companies in the US will sell oil for under $50 a barrel when the market price is around $109? That's a good one.

terminusmundi
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terminusmundi 04/19/11 - 07:40 am
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There isn't any oil under $50

There isn't any oil under $50 a barrel available for sale anywhere in the world. Economics is not magic.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/19/11 - 07:47 am
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He could build six new oil

He could build six new oil refineries here in our country -- partnering up with the oil companies as I suggested in previous writings -- giving jobs to the jobless and millions of dollars back into our coffers.

When the oil spill was wrecking the Gulf Coast last year, everyone had a problem with Obama "kissing up" to oil companies, especially BP, now that the gas prices are at an all time high, he needs to "kiss up" to the oil companies? I love the logic there.....

OPEC is a small part of the problem, but OPEC doesn't set the gas prices (they can play with production to make their profits), the market does. If the speculators see a problem, they raise the prices and since we dont have any other means to get around, thanks to the high prices on alternative fueled cars, we are going to pay what ever they make the price.

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Mcycleman1 04/19/11 - 08:08 am
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Last I checked, refineries

Last I checked, refineries don't make oil, they just process it. Exactly what are they going to process when we don't buy the oil from OPEC? Mind you, not that I am fan of OPEC. We have enough refineries already to process all our domestic oil production.

As stated previously, we have to use less or suck up. Not a lot of choice is there?

faithson
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faithson 04/19/11 - 08:52 am
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myfather, agree.. a common

myfather, agree.. a common effort to address the use of hydrocarbons in our nation would be a rational path to the future. Rational being the key word.

Gregory J. Topliff
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Gregory J. Topliff 04/19/11 - 11:27 am
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I see by some of the comments

I see by some of the comments made regarding my letter that people don't get it. Instead of trying to pick apart what I have suggested in my letter with your pithy remarks, why don't you come up with a soultion as how to address our failing economy instead of showing your ignorance. I'll reiterate, if we produce our own oil and refine it in our own country and stop being a victim of speculators and their fluctuating prices, we could rebound from our downward spiral.

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Beck Tears 04/19/11 - 11:50 am
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For those keeping track at

For those keeping track at home, we use so much oil, everyday- that what little there is in North America, will not support us. Not even close.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/19/11 - 12:08 pm
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not true beck tear++we could

not true beck tear++we could be entirely energy independant if not for the dims and rhinos...estimated 100 years of current oil use in the shale out west not to mention anwar, the gulf etc... .and thats just one area in the west..not to mention natural gas or coal..we have a stupidity problem not a lack of natural resources problem..even if the estimates are off by 50 percent on our resources we have ample time to slowly evolve to different sources.. what we are doing now is insane by diverting money to tecnology that isnt prime time ready yet..it will come ..but not now by forcing it and throwing cash at it.....

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/19/11 - 12:09 pm
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"why don't you come up with a

"why don't you come up with a soultion as how to address our failing economy instead of showing your ignorance. I'll reiterate, if we produce our own oil and refine it in our own country and stop being a victim of speculators and their fluctuating prices, we could rebound from our downward spiral."

Let me try to explain why we export oil, Mr. Topliff. The United States, up until 1970, never needed oil from anyone, the demand became too great for our own production. We began the process of importing oil. The USA uses roughly 19 million barrels of oil daily, while only 7 million are made by itself. The only way to stop the need of foriegn oil is to cut the use for it. So, if you are suggesting we all go out and buy bicycles and get around that way, then yes, we will dig ourselves out that way. If not, try to know a little more about subject at hand before you condemn everyone around you about their apparent lack of knowledge.

Beck Tears
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Beck Tears 04/19/11 - 12:18 pm
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Nofanofobama: That's not

Nofanofobama: That's not true. Not an ounce of it. There is not very much oil in this country. We do have coal, I'll give you that, however products and fuel are not made out of coal. And we use a lot of products, and a lot of fuel. If we had even 50% of your outrageous claim, we would use it. Instead of shipping money off to countries we don't like, the money would stay at home. We just do not have the oil.

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Riverman1 04/19/11 - 12:29 pm
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I've been hearing about this

I've been hearing about this new oil thing....oil sand. Supposedly we have more than anyone in the world and it's feasible to produce it. The amount rivals Saudi oil.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/19/11 - 01:04 pm
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i,m sorry you are so ill

i,m sorry you are so ill informed..experts disagree on how much is there but nobody disagrees its there..you can read from a wide range of experts on the matter .. many feel its massive and will meet our needs for about 100 years..i gave the benefit of the doubt by stating that even if the most optimistic assements were off by 50 percent it would goive us time to develop othe types of energy.. and you didnt even refute our vast natural gas reserves..and coal.. contrary to your claim it is a fuel. and we dont use our resources because of people like obama carter and clinton that put large tracts of land off limits..ie federal lands...

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CobaltGeorge 04/19/11 - 02:24 pm
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Eat this one folks, an almost

Eat this one folks, an almost secret deal by our King controlled government just sent 2 Billion dollars to a Colombian Oil Refinery.

He has only one thought, "The hell with the United States of America."
Just think, your hard earned taxes is paying for our destruction.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/19/11 - 02:30 pm
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cg . is this another deal

cg . is this another deal like he made to brazil several weeks ago..only if he thought the same about our workers and our economy..he not only doesnt care he wants us a third rate country..

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Techfan 04/19/11 - 02:32 pm
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The US uses close to 20

The US uses close to 20 million barrels of oil per day. ANWR has between 4.3 and 11.8 billion barrels of recoverable oil. If every drop was extracted it would be 215 to 590 days worth. Oil is sold on a global market and is priced globally. If companies could receive only $50 per barrel in the US vs $109 per barrel elsewhere, domestic production would come to a halt.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/19/11 - 02:38 pm
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NofanoftheKing, It hit the

NofanoftheKing, It hit the news today. It was supposed to be a behind the door deal, but Fox News uncovered it. The deal is that they have to buy all the supplies they need to operate and upgrade from the US. This will lower the unemployment rate in the minds of the one cell individuals.
Just think, we pay for them to refine the oil and then they sell it back to us at a huge profit. Gee, I wish I was that smart.

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Techfan 04/19/11 - 02:39 pm
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As to the current deal to buy

As to the current deal to buy Brazilian oil: It makes sense to have additional sources since the middle east has become too unstable. As to the bull about giving $2 million to Brazil: http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/braziloil.asp

Techfan
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Techfan 04/19/11 - 02:40 pm
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Faux???????

Faux???????

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/19/11 - 02:45 pm
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Techfan, I would believe Fox

Techfan, I would believe Fox News anytime befor I would accept any liberal minded words printed by Snopes. They are worst than SMCICBHO and his lies.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/19/11 - 03:00 pm
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The U.S. Export-Import Bank,

The U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent agency of the federal government, is now planning a $2.84-billion loan for a massive project to expand and upgrade an oil refinery--in Cartagena, Colombia.

Loan, not charity. More mass hysteria spread by the Faux News Channel. Also, 95% of all the gas the US uses is made by US refineries.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/19/11 - 03:02 pm
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Lastly, if Obama is in charge

Lastly, if Obama is in charge of the Export-Import Bank, then Bush was in charge of it when it lent Mexician drug dealers $234 Million dollars in 2007.

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Brad Owens 04/19/11 - 06:17 pm
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I disagree with the letter a

I disagree with the letter a little bit. We need to spend those billions on ALTERNATIVE energy source development.

We need to get off the oil addiction.

This letter is like saying, "We need to create new cocaine production plants and grow our own trees...then we can tell the cartel that we will only pay half price for a kilo of pure cocaine coming into the U.S...."

We must beat the addiction.

Brad

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ADAMS 04/19/11 - 06:17 pm
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Our country started its

Our country started its downward spiral out of control during the start of the recession in 2007, Good ole boy Republicans,in Congress, was sitting in their rocking chair at the table with their grandchildren and watched 8.4 million lost their jobs during the bush's era.George w. Bush did try to revive the economy, {"i mean tried too hard"} before he left the White House with his own stimulus package and had spent half the TARP bail out money before his second term expired.

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dani 04/19/11 - 06:44 pm
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It seems we are stuck with

It seems we are stuck with oil for several years, alternative energy is far in the future even if started today (which we should). Uncapping the oil wells would produce much needed jobs, jobs that people are desperate for.
I know Obama wants to be a universal president, but the working man in this country will never submit to his whims.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 04/19/11 - 06:53 pm
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dani, Why does it have to be

dani,

Why does it have to be so far off? What happened to the American spirit where we could solve any problem?

Look at what we did from 1942-45 and tell me we can't get this done if we have a national effort.

The fact is, we COULD if we wanted to.

Brad

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/19/11 - 07:05 pm
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oil touches every aspect of

oil touches every aspect of everything we use. to say get off it is a little on the wishful side..whether loans or direct aid it should be used in this country alone. we have ample oil, coal and gas to be energy independant. we just need to be allowed to do it..what a boom for our country economically it would be. except for Israel the middle east would no longer be of such strategic importance. i agree it would be nice to have alt. sources of power but its not here yet.. and obama thru GE throwing our tax dollars and wishing it were true will not get the technology in place to make a difference for years and years. our standard of living depends right now on oil..and we better realize it or we will pass by the wayside as other countries develop more oil fields to our dentriment and some of it with our money..

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