Posts tagged ‘American Petroleum Institute’

August 22, 2014

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.

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December 2, 2011

Illusory Unemployment Drop Celebrated, While Real Job Growth Remains Blocked

by lewwaters

This holiday season is bringing more of the same bad news that millions of jobless workers heard last year… American workers are weathering the effects of an economy where there is only one job for every three individuals searching for a job.

No, the above isn’t addressing our current economic quagmire, it is two sentences contained in the first paragraph of a letter sent to former President George W. Bush by Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader and Tom Daschle, Senate Democratic Leader in November 2003 complaining about what they felt was high unemployment then and urging more unemployment funding to combat it.

After suffering the worst terrorist attack in history, an attack right in the heart of our financial district and lingering effects of a recession that began shortly after taking office, unemployment had peaked at 6.3% in June 2003 and was dropping; reaching 5.8% in the very month the letter was written.

Democrats were complaining how unacceptable such unemployment numbers were as we heading into the 2004 election season.

Contrast that now as we see celebratory headlines like: Unemployment rate falls to 8.6 percent, lowest in 2½ years, with good signs for small business

Through the first two years of the Obama administration, Democrats had full and complete control of the government to implement the very policies they called for back in 2003. Unemployment, after dipping to 4.4% during the Bush administration, was setting at 7.8% when Obama took office, after two years of Democrats seizing control of both houses of congress in the 2006 election.

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October 16, 2011

Occupy A Paycheck

by lewwaters

We have all been seeing in the news about Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, and Occupy Denver; Occupy everything except a bar of soap for some. The common theme we hear is that there are no jobs, corporate greed is holding back on jobs, the rich are stingy and not “paying their fair share” in taxes. The claim is that 1% holds all of the wealth and that 99% apparently do not, leading one to believe that 99% of the country is broke, out of work and dying of hunger.

According to the National Taxpayers Union, the so called rich already pays a disproportionate amount of income taxes and we also know that 47% of lower wage earners pays no income taxes.

Beyond taxes, as I said above, corporations are accused of being greedy, not wanting to hire people while they hold massive amounts of profits, yadda, yadda, yadda. That too is not quite accurate as there are corporations ready, willing and all too able to hire up to one million workers and it is the government blocking the access to those jobs.

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July 18, 2011

Why Aren’t The Unions Fighting For Energy Sector Jobs?

by lewwaters

Labor Unions in the U.S. lay claim to a long and successful history of bettering the working conditions, promoting higher wages and gaining benefits for America’s working people. They claim standing up for the “little guy” against oppressive corporations and government efforts that may be perceived to hurt the working class. They claim they fight for jobs for Americans.

So why are they so absent in fighting for jobs available and waiting in the energy industry?

We read how the Longshoremen are fighting an effort at non-union jobs in the Port of Longview in shipping grain. But, where are they in the ongoing effort to block jobs at the Port of Cowlitz in shipping coal to China?

Does the powerful Longshoremen’s Union, that claims support for other Labor Unions not realize that there is a United Mine Workers Union in Wyoming that will lose their jobs if there is no shipping of the coal mined?

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June 12, 2011

Weeping Over Government Job Cuts, Ignoring Government Blocking Hundreds of Thousands of Private Sector jobs

by lewwaters

Leave it to the Columbian’s bombastic liberal political editor to pine away over the job cuts in the government sector and not acknowledge that government continues to block and deny hundreds of thousands of shovel ready jobs itching to be created and put people back to work all across the nation.

But, that is just what John Laird has done with his Sunday, June 12, 2011 editorial Fist-bumps in anti-government crowd.

From his grossly out of context Reagan quote, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” to his mischaracterization of conservatives as “anti-government” instead of what we really are, “limited-government,” Laird laments on government jobs being lost in this “Great Recession.” Even on his facebook page, he labels the editorial, “Reflections on the recent wave of cuts in government jobs,” ignoring millions of private sector jobs lost since the Great Repression began in 2007.

While Laird whines about government jobs lost, he completely ignores the ongoing efforts of that very government in blocking private sector jobs at the ready by the hundreds of thousands for several years. Jobs that not only are good paying, but that would spur supportive jobs while at the same time helping to end our reliance on foreign sources for our energy security.

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May 24, 2011

Let the Day After Memorial Day Be the Beginning of the Summer of Recovery

by lewwaters

Once again, Memorial Day, a day that has been set aside to pay homage to those who have fallen in service to our country and have given us the freedoms and liberties we enjoy with the sacrifice of their lives is upon us. Some communities may still hold parades; most all will hold some sort of ceremony to honor our fallen.

Like the last couple Memorial Days, this one will be held under the shadow of not only an ongoing war, but a deeply depressed economy and divided nation. Politicians, many of whom have gotten us into this mess, will undoubtedly step forward and make their speeches and no doubt, some will take advantage of the day to score a few political points.

But, who will actually take the bull by the horns and do what is needed to correct this elongated Great Recession we remain in?

As well as being a day to honor our fallen heroes, Memorial Day is also considered the official kick-off to the summer, where people across the country will go on vacation, visit relatives and friends far distances from them and get out and enjoy the countryside as much as they may.

With gas breaking $4.00 a gallon, unemployment still riding high, taxes going up all over, business still failing and the dark mood of the nation because of it, many less trips will be taken than was just a few years ago. Ultimately, that will result in making the situation worse as even less tax revenues from summer purchases will be made.

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May 8, 2011

Oil Companies. Tax Cheats or Boogieman?

by lewwaters

In this troubling economic times, the government, instead of admitting their own malfeasance and years of mismanagement by both parties, and continuing their assault on business, businesses that create millions of decent wage jobs, have began calling for an end to Oil Company Subsidies.

Right away, with the crafty and misleading use of the word “subsidy,” that conjures visions of cash payments from the government to the oil companies, a false impression is created. The oil companies receive no payment from the government, but like other companies, receive some tax breaks to recoup some expenses and in turn, create or maintain more jobs.

Replying to Obama’s calls to “eliminate unwarranted tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and use the dollars to invest in clean energy,” Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner said that cutting the subsidies to oil companies is “certainly something we should be looking at,” adding, “We are in a time when the federal government’s short on revenues. We need to control spending, but we need to have revenues to get the government moving. They ought to be paying their fair share.”

“Paying their fair share?”

Oil giant ExxonMobil is often the target of government with claims of they paid no taxes in 2009, a claim even Politifact declares FALSE!

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March 21, 2011

Obama Proposes Trading Batteries for Brazilian Oil Instead of Drilling Our Own

by lewwaters

The economy remains in a shamble, gas prices continue to rise, millions remain out of work and competing for scarce jobs and Obama flies off to Rio de Janeiro to somehow “help boost U.S. jobs” while starting a third war in the Middle East. Why should I be surprised to read of him also offering a cockamamie idea of trading batteries for Brazil’s oil, while also advocating t hat we need to end our reliance on foreign oil?

Nothing the man has done yet as president has made any sense, but this one even boggles my imagination. Speaking at a CEO Business Summit in Brasilia, Brazil March 19, 2011, on the day he launched the Libyan War, Obama said,

“In the United States, we’ve jumpstarted a clean energy industry and we’ll soon have the capacity to produce 40 percent of the world’s advanced batteries. If we can start sharing these new technologies, and leverage private investment from businesses like the ones in this room, we can grow our economies and clean our environment by making, using, trading, selling clean energy products all over the world.”

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March 12, 2011

Obama Continues Tap Dancing on Energy and the Economy

by lewwaters

As reports of the horrific devastation Japan suffered from the 9.1 earthquake experienced on March 11, 2011 continued coming out in the news, Barack Obama, like all before him, held a news conference vowing help and support for the displaced people of Japan. Scheduled before the earthquake occurred to discuss rising gas prices and economy, Obama did step up and offer assistance to the beleaguered nation, overshadowing his original intent for the conference and reminding me of our long held attitude, “We’re Americans. This is what we do.”

In vowing assistance to Japan “to help with Japanese nuclear power plants and any breaches in the safety system,” he also touched on “The U.S. will also provide heavy lift equipment to clear transportation systems of the massive debris” adding “U.S. aircraft carriers and ships are also steaming toward Japan, loaded with supplies.”

Our generosity is always helping nations when tragedy occurs brings us back to the original intent of the news conference, energy. Or, should I say the current lack of it as we see fuel prices rapidly climbing again due to the rising cost of oil we depend on from the troubled Middle East.

Touching on this and the devastation of Japan’s refineries in the earthquake, Obama said, “We are confident about our ability to fill any potential gaps in (oil) supply,” as he mentioned tapping into our Strategic Petroleum Reserve if need be as those before him have done during times of crisis.

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January 23, 2011

The State of the… Oh Hell, Here We Go Again

by lewwaters

Once again the nation will be focused on what we often laughingly refer to as “the State of the Union” where the president stands before both houses of congress and the nation and tells us how the country is doing. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see we aren’t doing too well.

As we often said in the Army, Situation normal, all ‘fouled’ up!”

People have very little confidence in anything currently. The unemployed are not confident of returning to work. The employed do not feel secure in their jobs. Business owners are not confident of making even slim profits, not knowing what is coming next as politicians continue to “fix” things not actually broken on their backs.

Glib speeches by slick politicians and manufactured applause are not all that is needed currently. A leader is what we need. A leader that can see with so many currently suffering, flying around the world and taking lavish vacations every few weeks, hosting gala dinner parties and asking for more and more from the very ones suffering, does not instill confidence, it erodes it.

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December 3, 2010

Obama Reverses on Offshore Drilling Again, Tens of Thousands of Jobs Evaporate

by lewwaters

Just days after the astonishing admission by Global Warming Guru Al Gore that his early support of ethanol was based up his desire to gain votes, not scientific evidence, we again see a prominent member of the Democratic Party issue yet another job killing decision as the country remains mired deep in an economic morass.

Barack Obama, supposedly leading our country as president, an office assumed to be held by those who place the safety and well-being of the country over special interests or personal gain has once again flip flopped on an earlier decision to lift the ban on off shore exploration and drilling of our own energy resources. Undoubtedly, the move not only keeps our country heavily dependent upon foreign oil sources that are often hostile to us, but the potential tens of thousands of jobs, many that will be needed for our country to ever recover from this deep, deep recession will no longer be created.

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November 26, 2010

How Many Jobs Did Al Gore’s ‘Mistake’ Cost Us?

by lewwaters

Most of us were astonished to hear former vice president and failed presidential candidate, and long time ‘green energy’ advocate Al Gore Jr. come out and admit that his early support of ethanol based fuels, made from a major food source, corn, was largely based on an effort to gain votes for his run for the presidency.

Gore, labeling his early support a “mistake” indicated he was

“more concerned with garnering votes from farmers in Tennessee and Iowa than with what was best for the environment.”

Al Gore: Votes, not science, led me to back corn ethanol

Gore went on to say,

“Corn ethanol is not a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. The process of converting corn into ethanol is highly energy intensive and also requires using a food crop for fuel.”

While we cannot forget the record food prices we saw in 2008 or the protests around the world over shrinking food supplies, I am particularly struck by the comment, “ethanol is not a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.”

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November 21, 2010

Note to Incoming Republicans: Don’t Forget, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

by lewwaters

The smoke has settled and the newly elected Representatives are assembled in Washington D.C. receiving their orientation and selecting office space. Come January and the House of Representatives switches back to a significant majority of Republicans while the Senate will remain in Democrat hand, but with a much smaller majority.

The new junior legislators ran on a variety of promises to be elected, from repealing Obamacare to restoring jobs in America. With the nation still locked deep in massive unemployment and unemployment benefits running out, many already exhausting the meager checks long ago, jobs must be the number one priority if we are to begin actually making any significant recovery.

Some of these new Representatives campaigned on promises they would create the jobs and bring them back to the districts they will soon represent. Voters will surely be disappointed when they realize the jobs created by Congress will just prolong the Great Recession and those who made such promises may end up not only facing some very angry constituents, but in 2 years will see their seats taken away from them.

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September 21, 2010

Who Is Supporting Jobs? HINT: It Isn’t The Government

by lewwaters

Economists might come out now and try to fool the American public that the “Great Recession” ended over a year ago, but with some of the highest unemployment seen in my lifetime, it is obvious we are anything but recovered.

Politicians running to stay in office or challengers wishing to replace them are all speaking of jobs, but what is actually being done? Not much, other than calls from conservatives to get government out of the way to let private industry create much needed jobs.

Industry is ready to create jobs for us and have been blocked by government, especially when it comes to hundreds of thousands of jobs in the petroleum industry and millions more related in supportive industries.

In spite of all of the calls to do away with petroleum right now from wacko environmentalists and other leftist kooks, we remain heavily dependent upon petroleum for energy needs and much more. Alternative fuels just haven’t yet been perfected to supply our needs in as economical a manner as does petroleum.

And still, government continues to turn a blind eye not only to our energy needs, but to the critical need of putting Americans back to work.

The American Petroleum Institute recently took a “bull by the horns” attitude and carried out a series of Rallies for Jobs in several states concerned over lost jobs by petroleum drilling moratoriums and drilling bans.

While primarily directed at jobs drilling for oil, it cannot be forgotten that several other job creating industries benefit from getting our petroleum industries back to work. Auto mechanics, restaurants, auto supplies, clothing manufacturers, you name it. Almost all industry somehow benefits when we have the petroleum industry working, either directly or indirectly in some supportive capacity.

Several people were able to attend and speak out for jobs at the rallies, but they were unable to be in every city. To that end, the American Petroleum Institute has now began the National Virtual Rally for Jobs where you are invited to stop by and leave a short message on why jobs are so important to us.

You do not need to be directly connected to the oil and gas industry as increased jobs in that sector can only spread to increased jobs in other sectors in support of them and begin getting us back to work, earning decent salaries to feed, clothe and care for our families.

Along with us returning to work comes revenue growth to the treasury to fund the current bills government is raising taxes to pay for, eliminating the need to raise taxes, which ends up only costing more jobs to disappear.

The demonizing of the oil and gas industry and subsequent lost jobs, numbering hundred of thousands, if not millions is getting old. So called “Green Energy” is years away from being perfected into a substantial alternative and even then, it ends up eliminating more jobs than it save, as has been discovered by Spain when they commissioned a study and discovered they were losing two jobs to every one being created.

Bottom line, we need jobs. We cannot afford to have so many people jobless for so long with no plans to allow the private sector to create them. Without those private sector jobs, the jobs government speaks of to rebuild infrastructure cannot be paid for. Tax dollars must be brought in to pay for those and those taxes must come from the private sector if they are to be paid for.

Visit the the National Virtual Rally for Jobs and leave your message telling government, regardless of which party, we are fed up with being out of work. We do not want hand outs, just the ability to work to care for our families.

Contact your representatives and urge them to end the moratorium on oil drilling and drilling our own known oil reserves within our own country now.

Americans working together, rebuilding our own oil industry is not only good for job creation; it is the only viable way to end our dependence on foreign oil.

We will still perfect alternative energy sources and the free market will invent viable “Green Energy” sources. But in the meantime, we need jobs and the Oil and Gas Industry is sitting on hundreds of thousands of them that the government has long blocked.

It is time the government got the hell out of our way.

January 16, 2010

Fueling “the Worlds EMT”

by lewwaters


Once again, a major tragedy has struck in the world and as we always do, America and other nations are responding with massive amounts of aid and rescue personnel to assist in digging Haiti out of the rubble of the 7.0 earthquake that struck the tiny Island Nation this past week.

We see aircraft flying into a ruined airport. Ships arriving in a decimated port, all bringing in people to help, food stocks, medical supplies, vehicles to help remove the rubble, helicopters to search for injured people and fly them from remote areas back to temporary hospitals, that were also brought in from outside, as well as bringing much needed food and supplies to people in outlying areas. Along with that are generators to brighten the night, kitchens to prepare food for those now left homeless and to feed the rescuers arriving from all over the world.

As we have seen all too many times in the past, even during times of economic strife, Americans are who contribute the bulk of relief to afflicted nations when such massive natural disasters strike.

Regardless of party in control, our Military responds with hospital ships, massive aircraft carriers that instead of arriving to fight a enemy, come to supply people, aircraft and the ability to desalinate thousands of gallons of sea water into one of the most basic needs of all mankind, clean safe drinking water.

We that sit on the sidelines and who can only contribute much needed money to fund such efforts give little thought to what such endeavors require, hoping our donations help as much as possible.

While most of us cringe at accusations of being “the world’s Police Force,” we readily accept our role as “the world’s EMT,” ready to respond with aid, people and our abundance of food to help where needed anywhere in the world.

What we never give consideration to is what we must have to continue in this role, fuel. All of the equipment needed to carry out the massive relief efforts, to ferry the goods and people to these afflicted areas and light the dark requires fuel to keep them going.

In a recent speech given to the United States Energy Association’s 6th Annual State of the Energy Industry conference, Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute stated,

“Oil and natural gas are the foundation of our energy-dependent economy. They profoundly affect how we live and work. They are key to our mobility, to keeping our homes and businesses warm, to providing us with electric power, and to supplying the raw materials for countless consumer and industrial products – everything from fertilizers to computer chips to medicines … the list goes on.”

Yes, a major part of the endless list is our ability to respond rapidly and to provide help where needed throughout the world. Oil and natural gas supplies well over 50% of our domestic energy needs. They supply close to 100% of our ability to provide assistance during times of disaster.

While Mr. Gerard was mostly discussing the economic side of our oil and natural gas industry, it is the humanitarian side I am focusing on. Alternate energy sources, solar panels and wind farms supply nothing to get aid to injured and displaced people in far away countries.

Petroleum, converted into gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel is what fuels the vehicles, ships and aircraft carrying the load. Propane, also derived from petroleum, supplies fuel for emergency kitchens and heat in cold areas hit by natural disaster.

Petroleum also supplies plastics to seal emergency rations and medical equipment, keeping them safe and sanitary. Some medical supplies themselves contain petroleum byproducts. And again, the list goes on as to what good is done in times of natural disasters by petroleum products.

This is why I am so taken aback at the ongoing efforts by primarily Democrat politicians for so long in denying our oil companies drilling and processing our own domestic petroleum sources, forcing our reliance on foreign sources that are either hostile to us, or may be one of those areas decimated by such disasters as we see down in Haiti today.

Given the ability of our oil companies to produce what is needed in carrying out these missions of mercy, I am particularly offended when I read of directives from current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as he announced plans to Toughen US Drilling Rules, to drag then down from their Kings of the World role, as he falsely describes them.

No Mr. Salazar, they do not assume the role of “Kings of the World,” they supply the much needed fuel to continue in the “World’s EMT” role that Americans so generously give of ourselves.

They supply much needed jobs to our country and fill the U.S. Treasury with tax dollars to fund the economy, but they also keep our massive rescue efforts going by fueling the very means of getting aid to decimated areas of the world.

Jack Gerard also says in his speech,

“Canceling leases, delaying lease sales, delaying environmental studies, holding back the next OCS Five-Year Plan, and adding layers of bureaucracy and new procedures will not ensure Americans have ample supplies of the oil and the natural gas that every projection shows they will be demanding in the near future.”

That includes the demands placed upon America to rapidly respond to tragedy and our willingness to do so.

How many people would die if our ships, planes and vehicles sat idle, out of gas, during times of natural disaster?
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