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October 1, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Oil, gas found here should stay in the U.S.

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Apparently, our government doesn’t care much about this country being less dependent on foreign oil.

We supposedly have all this natural gas here. The companies that drill for it want to get permits to send the gas overseas to make more money on it, just like they do with the oil they drill for here and turn into gas, which they send overseas.

If the government cared, it would not let them take what they find under our ground and send it overseas. What they drill for and get here should stay.

It’s not like the oil companies aren’t make money on it here. I think making a billion dollars a year on gas here should be enough profit.

We all know these companies give millions of dollars a year to our politicians, but what is right is right.

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  1. By 2020, possibly sooner, the U.S. will be totally energy self-dependent and a huge net exporter of natural gas and oil worldwide. The more the U.S. drills, fracks, and exports, the better. Not just for the U.S. economy, U.S. employment, and U.S. energy prices, but for the entire world.

    Carmine D

  2. "Obama rejected the Keystone pipeline which would have safely brought oil from Canada in favor of bringing it by Train tanker cars - less safe." Future

    May I add, more detrimental to the air and environment with pollution. Let's look at one of the beneficiaries of the President's decision: Warren Buffett. He bought Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 2010 to transport oil by rail across the U.S. He's made $2-2.5 Billion annually in net profit and $3.7 Billion in 2012. Buffett is a democrat and huge Obama supporter.

    Carmine D

  3. Sorry John...If we want to participate in and be a leader of the global economy then we need to export and import goods and services in the most cost-efficient and profitable manner. The same economic forces which provide you choices in T-shirts also affect choices in fuels. IMO, those forces should also affect labor....as in immigration labor.

  4. The letter writer appears to be uniformed about the enormous abundance of natural gas produced by the U.S. Because of technological advances in its production,exports are now possible and advantageous to producers. This is a positive development.

    On the other hand oil production from fracking technology has led to an unexpected oil boom in America that is pushing the U.S. toward oil independence, and this increased producteion is already reported to be causing a rift between OPEC producing nations,specially between the Arab and African members. OPEC is trying to downplay the impact on their nations from the large increase in U.S. oil production.

    As a side note, this incredible boom in oil and natural gas production is occurring on private lands, without the benefit of goverment help.
    The Obama administration unsurprisingly speaks out of both sides of its mouth. On the one hand it takes credit for increased production for which it contributes no support,and even undermines with more restictive environmental policies. On the other hand it unsuccessfully supports solar and other green energy initiatives which have failed, and are too expensive to compete in the market place.

  5. Mr. Walsh you are confused.

    It isn't the government controlling oil production, it's the corporations who through their political puppets in Washington are globalizing the sale of oil.

    Unless we nationalize the production of oil as Argentina and other countries, oil will continue to be "outsourced" by corporations.

    Want to get to keep our oil? Get corporations and their lobbyists out of politics!

    Oil will not last forever and sooner or later those dolts who are anti climate change will come around as we experience harsher weather patterns. We need to get onboard with reuseable energy and invest in that future technology. Even China is beginning to come around as they see the negative effects of carbon dioxide production in their country.

    Of course the hinge heads will chime in about the XL pipeline which has squat to do with the issue because that toxic tar oil belongs to the Canadians. They aren't giving it us for free, are they?

  6. Posters from the liberal side are obsessed with the false fantasy of climate change. They are drinking Al Gore's Koolaid--the guy who invented the internet--and an avowed nut case. The other lunatic proposal is that the oil industry be nationalized. Given the progress chilling impact of big government, and the vastly incompetent,unaccountable and corrupt nature of government, it is unimaginable that anything of real importance would be vested in government. In any event private enterprise initiative and innovation are superior in nature to anything that a bogged down,clumsy slow moving government can do.

  7. Houstonjac - "Posters from the liberal side are obsessed with the false fantasy of climate change."

    "The Devil's greatest trick was convincing the world he didn't exist." - unknown

  8. While it seems best we keep all the gas to ourselves free market commerce has to continue. For example we sell some of our surplus Natural gas to Japan, who has none, and they sell us cars. When ever a product produced in one country is sold to another country it produces more jobs for the exporting country.

  9. "...if you are doing it for grins and giggles your posts are some of the largest wastes of oxygen in the history of the world."

    Your posts here fit that bill perfectly.

    Carmine D

  10. "So the question is, "Why?"

    Canada is our neighbor and largest trading partner. It is rich in natural resources. And wants to ensure that these are made available to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Why? To avoid a repeat of the OPEC oil embargoes of the 70's and the havoc they wreaked on the commodity and the economies of the world which were dependent on OPEC oil.

    Next....

    Carmine D

  11. Also ask why oil from Nevada wells has to be shipped (by truck) to Utah when we have refining capability here.

  12. I always laugh when the environmentalists are doomsayers about the negative effects of conventional energy production but ignore them [negative effects on air and atmosphere] for renewables.

    Carmine D

  13. To hear the "greeners" and their doomsday forecasts, we all might as well kill ourselves since we will die from the negative effects of energy production anyway. I suggest the doom and gloom forecasters center themselves, take a deep breath, and come up with another option.

    Carmine D

  14. "By negative effects of renewables on air, do you mean that it's clean from not being dumped into with your combustion by-products?..."

    Plug-in vehicles leave a larger carbon foot print than their gas counterparts.

    Using rails to transport oil from Canada to the U.S. gulf leaves a larger carbon footprint than a pipeline.

    Next...

    Carmine D

  15. Not to mention wind farms and the need to put them in the boonies where the wind blows constantly and there are no residents.

    Carmine D

  16. No energy production, fossil or renewable, is all good and/or all bad. There are trades-offs in both. I could accept the self-righteousness of conservationists if they were honest and truthful in recognizing this fact not just for fossil fuels but renewables too.

    Carmine D

  17. "No, of course, you're right Carmine, nothing's quite perfect yet."

    I'm not asking for perfection, conservationists are. But just for the fossils not the renewables. Therein lies the imperfect argument of the conservationists.

    Carmine D

  18. The medium is the message. "Marshall McLuhan was concerned with the observation that we tend to focus on the obvious. In doing so, we largely miss the structural changes in our affairs that are introduced subtly, or over long periods of time. Whenever we create a new innovation - be it an invention or a new idea - many of its properties are fairly obvious to us. We generally know what it will nominally do, or at least what it is intended to do, and what it might replace. We often know what its advantages and disadvantages might be. But it is also often the case that, after a long period of time and experience with the new innovation, we look backward and realize that there were some effects of which we were entirely unaware at the outset. We sometimes call these effects "unintended consequences," although "unanticipated consequences" might be a more accurate description."

    Carmine D

  19. Carmine, good point.

    "Unintended consequences" seems to signal an open door to "intentional irresponsibility" for a variety of reasons, including cost cutting and higher profit taking, regardless of public safety and human rights.

    This includes corporations, contractors and subcontractors, as well as government oversight.

    Personal responsibility used to be in the mix, but that is rapidly disappearing. Our current generations are making decisions that may make future generations suffer dire consequences.

    It is a very heavy responsibility to see the seriousness of "unintended consequences" and do all to prevent them from the effects that can be life threatening.

    Profits cannot be the value over human life.

  20. Reading the comments here only points to the "unintended consequences" of the mess our world is in.

  21. It's about trade offs. Nothing is all good and all bad in and of itself. There are both [good and bad] in play in the mix of all things new and old [drones come to mind off the top of my head]. Personal responsibility demands first and foremost that we all recognize this fact in each others' positions and perspectives. Without personally attacking and impugning those who don't share our point of view, especially doing so with the air of righteous indignation. As most conservationists have and do.

    Carmine D

  22. Shipping natural gas and petroleum overseas keeps the prices high in America and depletes our dwindling natural resources which cannot be replaced.

    The one objective is to make riches for the executives and owners. When the gas runs out, the field workers will be dumped and so will this country.

    The atmosphere and oceans are warming up. This is established by temperature measurements, a superbly accurate technology that that give meticulously authentic results.

    On the other side are an amazing number of science deniers who cherish and adhere to opinions generated 2000 years ago by the uneducated who believed the sun went around the Earth, understood nothing about reality they were experiencing, and as a result, still wait for a dead man to save the soul which never needed saving in the first place.

    Uphold the verdicts of Rome, deny reality. That's what natural disasters were designed to cure. Go Tornados Go!

    One of Pat Robertson's famous reasons for natural disasters is that those affected had sinned or made pacts with Satan. Using His analysis, it is clear that those in Oklahoma, the climate denying center of North America who re-elect James Inhofe, should start believing in climate change because the Great Spirits of the Plains are beginning to get irritated.