It’s Time to Oil the Economy and Get it Moving Again

by lewwaters

In light of the recent release of an Analysis showing the Oil Terminal at Port of Vancouver stands to add $2 Billion to our local economy, I am bringing back up this report from July 2011 showing much of our economic troubles over the past 6 years could be greatly eased by energy companies.

This blog has been and remains a strong advocate for expanding our energy sector responsibly and increasing the use of our own energy resources while so-called “Green” sources remain unperfected, unreliable and overly expensive.

Just about everybody understands the concept of lubricating something to free it up and get it moving. From squeaky door hinges to sliding parts, difficult to open windows to even removing a ring off of a swollen finger, putting a lubricant on it allows it to move freely and gets it moving again.

Although lubricants come in many forms, we commonly refer to them as “oil.” Of course, a good many lubricants are derivatives of oil, just some of the many uses of petroleum. Just a little dab of these lubricants, working the rusted part back and forth and soon, it is moving smoothly again just as it was designed to.

America’s economy can be likened to a machine that when lacking proper lubricant freezes up and stops working properly. Just a like a rusty wheel bearing doesn’t roll smoothly, the economy must be “oiled” from time to time to keep it rolling along smoothly. Restrictive legislation causes the economy to rust up and stop moving smoothly.

The “oil” to lubricate our economy comes in the form of relaxing such restrictive legislation, be it in reasonable taxes for all or removing barriers set in place by legislators who, perhaps well-meaning, overly restrict business from growing and ends up costing the American taxpayer their jobs.

Such an example would be the demonization and barriers set in place over the past many years on our oil companies, the very companies that are charged with the task of recovering and refining the very petroleum that not only supplies our energy needs, but is used in nearly all aspects of our day to day lives. From medical supplies, computer components, clothing and even our food, petroleum products “oil” our economy and keep it moving smoothly.

Currently, our economy is acting like that rusted wheel bearing. It is frozen and not moving smoothly. We see this daily in the high unemployment, high gasoline prices, decreasing home values, rising food costs and the inability of our citizens to find well paying jobs.

We see efforts underway to deny the oil companies drilling rights to the Gulf of Mexico and several other known reserves of petroleum within our borders, increasing our dependence upon foreign oil sources, whose citizens have jobs and contribute to their economies.

I and many other bloggers have long touted how relaxing prohibitive legislation on the oil companies could spark the economy and get it rolling smoothly again. Study after study has been released showing how there are thousands of jobs directly related to petroleum are being wasted while those in control of our government prefer to hedge their bets on so-called “alternative” sources, which remain uneconomical, inefficient and unreliable.

In just the last few days, yet another study was released indicating the oil companies are the lubricant needed to get the economy rolling smoothly again.

This study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and IHS Global Insight focuses on how, in just a little over a year, by the end of 2012, we could see results of 230,000 American jobs, more than $44 billion in US gross domestic product, nearly $12 billion in tax and royalty revenues for state and federal treasuries and a $15 million reduction in the amount the US sends to foreign governments if oil companies were permitted to operate at their capacity.

A piece of “lubricating” legislation pending currently is the “North American-Made Energy Security Act,” H. R. 1938 that would “direct the President to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline” from Alberta, Canada to the Texas Gulf.

A Press Release from The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power upon their approval of this piece of legislation states in part,

“Completion of the [Keystone XL] pipeline expansion will bring nearly 1.3 million barrels per day of safe and secure oil into U.S. markets. In addition to bringing more oil online, the pipeline expansion project is estimated to directly create 20,000 jobs for its construction and many thousands more related to the effort.”

An email received from the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urging support of this legislative “oil can” states,

“America continues to import an increasing amount of oil from foreign partners, some of whom don’t share our best economic or national security interests. In fact, in 2010 the United States spent $72 billion more on imported oil than we did in 2009.”

Our much needed economic lubrication is there, just waiting to be applied.

Showing us how the Obama Administration remains reluctant to reach out and grab the “oil can” to lubricate the economy, the American Petroleum Institute’s Mark Green, on API’s Energy Tomorrow blogsite supplies some corrective information to answers given by Barack Obama to questions posed to him in a Kansas City KMBC News interview.

From documenting how we in America are not “producing more oil than we ever have,” to the oil companies investing almost $60 Billion in “alternative energy research,” and the oil companies seeking more “environmentally sound ways” to recover our own resources, Green expertly shines a light in on the many canards promoted that keep the wheel bearings of our economy rusted and not moving.

Referring back to the newly released study above, we can see that just in the Gulf of Mexico alone,

“pending exploration plans are up by nearly 90%, approvals are down by 85%, and the approval process has slowed from an average of 36 to 131 days.”

The bearings supporting our economy and that it rolls on smoothly are rusted and preventing it from moving. Both figuratively and literally, our economy is in bad need of being “lubricated” with oil.

It’s time for Barack Obama and any others who have been reluctant to give our economy the lubrication it needs, to reach out and grab hold of that much needed oil can and let’s get it moving again.

9 Comments to “It’s Time to Oil the Economy and Get it Moving Again”

  1. I really don’t know if I would suggest OIL to Obama, he may take it as an excuse to oil US, makes the screwing a lot easier…

  2. Lew, I wish you would republish this wonderful piece on Victoria’s site.

  3. Let’s not mistake this political “stubborness” of the Left for something other than it really is – it’s nothing more than a direct effort to destroy this nation and lower America to third-world status by some very deranged people who feel America needs to be destroyed.

    Here’s a fact: Obama and the Democrats aren’t going to change their minds just because they’re being “implored” to do so.

    They will have to be stopped – cold.

    Nothing else will work.


  4. Very true, Jack. Obama and his cartel will not budge.

    But, I write posts like this to open the eyes of voters as to what they won’t budge on and what is just sitting there ready to lead us out of this morass.

    It’s like in yesterdays “Cheers & Jeers.” Why laud the construction of two massive drilling rigs in Vancouver after you have Jeered their use for so many years?

  5. Why does the port promote itself for heavy cargo with two or three heavy lifting movable rigging rigs that have been used to onshore oil drilling and other needed equipment used by the oil companies?

    I say that I really would love to see GOOD environmental stewardship, jobs AND getting us more oil from our own continent than spending huge, vast sums to offshore entities. Yes, our oil might not be the easiest to recover but has any of the enviros ever thought of how much energy and fuel it takes to BRING that offshore oil to market around the world? Lew, now THERE is some thing to nail the president on.

    Seems to me the president has his ideas ass backwards?

  6. The whole reason to keep America from developing and using it’s own resources is to choke America down to the third-world level. It’s just that simple.

    There really are people that hate America and hate modern living that much.

    The entire Environmental Movement is based on hatred for America and hatred for modern living.

  7. Jack, Do you mean that they want to make us look like Afghanistan?

  8. I think that’s what they’re trying to do, Jeremy.

  9. So do you think we have enough fuel, oil, natural gas to take care of our own economy? I have seen some reports on the Keystone XL energy pipeline that the enviros are screaming about? And there is another one in southern Oregon that is going to the southern Oregon Coast near Jordan’s Cove?

    I do believe we have a hell of a lot of options that many other nations do not, YET we don’t have the infrastructure in place to bring all of this energy (of various typologies) to bear. Right now with Wind, they’re screaming that there is not enough BPA power lines to deliver their cargo to market? (We alone have a huge issue with bringing one of their 512K volt lines into eastern clark county?

    And you sinmply can’t turn off nuke plant or water driven dam without serious health implications like a nuke blowing up because the plant needs to cool down over several days or like the spring and fall months when the water levels behind all of the columbia river dams is high and they need to avoid spilling the water because that will add nitrogen or some other element into the water and will cause a huge fish kill?

    Then you add Oil and Natural Gas? Simply put, its a bigger conversation than how we discuss it here on this blog and its posts. Though Lew does a great job with information and posts.

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