Government hurts energy independence

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There are many problems and disasters beyond our control that our great country has endured and overcome, such as floods, fires, earthquakes and drought. And there are costly problems and mistakes hurting our people that can and should be corrected, such as our lack of a comprehensive and commonsense energy policy.

While we have become oil- and gas-import-dependent – up to 61 percent of our fuel consumption – our treasures are flowing overseas, increasing our trade deficit and our national debt. We have encouraged and let other countries (Brazil and China) explore off our shores. Our government’s Environmental Protection Agency has restricted our own oil and gas exploration.

Special interests have driven us to develop the ethanol industry to burn up to one-third of our corn crop to fuel our cars and trucks. That not only withdraws millions of tons of corn from the food and feed chain, but because of excess fertilizer use on this crop, the resulting runoff into rivers increases the oxygen-depleted dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ethanol is a very inefficient and corrosive fuel, subsidized with 45 cents of our tax dollars per gallon and forced on the public. It also is more expensive to produce this fuel than what is produced at our own oil and gas wells – forbidden by our own government. Remember the Marx-Engels philosophy of government control?

To top it all off, the EPA wants to raise the ethanol content in our fuel to 15 percent! EPA mandates and government regulations are strangling the entrepreneurial spirit in this country and, to a large extent, causing this near-depression.

One small light at the end of the energy-dependence tunnel is oil and gas production from tar sands and hydraulic fracturing deep underground. But for the most part we have lost our productive advantages in the world to this radical left-wing entitlement society, and to global competition.

S.G. von Schweinitz

Appling

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/03/11 - 11:22 pm
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So what's the solution?

So what's the solution?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 10/04/11 - 01:14 am
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Stay out of the car. Walk and

Stay out of the car. Walk and bike where you need to go. No sidewalks and/or bikepaths? Raise hell with Double(aka ++) and his equivalent in every jurisdiction until s/he has sidewalks and bikepaths built in your neighborhood.

And don't believe that they're cash-strapped. People find ways to do what they really want to do- or to do things upon which their respective political survivals depend.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 10/04/11 - 04:13 am
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Remember Enron? Where was
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Remember Enron? Where was government when they were ripping off energy consumers?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/04/11 - 04:53 am
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Rememeber Solyndra? Remember

Rememeber Solyndra? Remember Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Where was the government when we were being ripped off? OOOPS

carcraft
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carcraft 10/04/11 - 04:55 am
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Solution- Convert coal to gas

Solution- Convert coal to gas (South Africa has done it). Develope natrual gas resources. Drill for oil in America and let the market place decide our energy futures.

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harley_52 10/04/11 - 08:13 am
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Solar home heating and

Solar home heating and battery powered cars may someday be technologically and economically practical, but that time is not today. Even if we invented a car today that would run on carrots, we'd still be stuck on gasoline for a decade or more.

Democrats are using the "green" energy fad to drive the Country into bankruptcy, to keep it in a continuous energy dependence, to build their own campaign coffers, and to enrich themselves and their friends all on the taxpayer dime.

We have an abundance of energy right here at home, but a government who refuses to use it simply because it doesn't suit their political agenda and it threatens their primary means of stealing from taxpayers.

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Chillen 10/04/11 - 08:25 am
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Thank you S.G. von Schweinitz

Thank you S.G. von Schweinitz for attempting to educate the govt loving socialists. Though I doubt any will listen. Govt regulations and govt intervention are the ONLY solution to everything for them.

Shrimp for breakfast. The solution is to get the "illustrious" U.S. government out of the way!!! They need to shrink in size by more than 50% and leave us the heck alone. Regulations alone are killing our economy and way of life.

That is the only way America will thrive once again. We are doomed to mediocrity or total collapse if we do not fix this.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/04/11 - 08:44 am
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Here is another example of

Here is another example of our Federal govt trying to take over EVERYTHING. In this case, our power grid.

"Fed Plan to Consolidate Power Over Nation's Power Highway Has States Nervous" "The Obama administration is looking to consolidate control over the nation's power highway, pushing a proposal that would put one federal agency in the driver's seat...."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/01/fed-plan-to-consolidate-power...

You folks better wake up soon. If you do not, you will soon find that it is 1984. We are dangerously close right now.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/04/11 - 11:44 am
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Techfan- I am a little

Techfan- I am a little disapointed in you. Coal gassification has been successful in many places. www.fe.doe.gov/programs/powersystems/gasification/gasificationpioneer.html Another aspect of the use of coal is the conversion of coal to synthetic fuels. www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Synthetic_fuel . Of course Obama is against coal fired power plants and stated in one speachs "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted." We have more coal than the Arabs have oil. It is just that our politicials keep putting it out of our reach. Look up what Bill Clinton did with the Coal in Utah when he created the a national monument in Utah. geology.utah.gov/online/c/c-93/index.htm

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Taylor B 10/04/11 - 12:59 pm
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15% ethanol in gas... yep,

15% ethanol in gas... yep, you guys better start saving up for fuel pumps, injectors, and intake valves. As a tech, Im going to make a ton of money, although we all know that destruction does not create ecenomic plus...

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bjphysics 10/05/11 - 11:29 am
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Forget wind and tidal energy,

Forget wind and tidal energy, bad idea. Solar thermal is the way to go for electricity. Definitely need to stop diverting food sources to ethanol production, maybe OK if done with sugarcane like Brazil. Natural gas by hydraulic fracturing, not sure about that but imprudent to reject out-of-hand; large nuclear plants are a bad idea but not for the reasons you might think. Also need a plan to get rid of the large nuclear plants within the next 15 years. I’d develop pilot coal gasification and subsidize these plants for future use. Build the tar sand oil pipeline and distribute their output to widely dispersed government fuel reservoirs and the commercial markets; with the government fuel reservoirs having priority.

[edited Tuesday, Oct. 4 7;22 PM]

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