Posts tagged ‘API’

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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October 24, 2012

Bush’s Policies Increase Oil Production, Obama Gets Credit

by lewwaters

It should come as no surprise to any of us that Barack Obama’s chances of being reelected look very slim. Or that our lamestream media will now do anything they can think of to build support to get him reelected, claiming some of the most fantastic lies they can muster.

A prime example of how the Obama Campaign is self-promoting lies is seen in the latest television ad, ‘Challenges,’ narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. It’s disappointing to see a man of Freeman’s caliber lending his voice to such a fabricated claim.

Perhaps he didn’t hear about the murder of our Ambassador and 3 other Americans in the Benghazi Consulate recently, or the high unemployment still seen in Detroit, Michigan or that GM’s bailout leaves taxpayers facing a $35 Billion loss while two thirds of the jobs promised seem to be overseas more than in Detroit.

He is correct that “more needs done,” especially considering VP Biden admitted the middle class has been buried these last 4 years and even in the last debate Obama admitted in the final debate, “we’ve neglected, for example, developing our own economy, our own energy sectors, our own education system. And it’s very hard for us to project leadership around the world when we’re not doing what we need to do…”

It appears that “going forward” with Obama will lead us right over the edge of a cliff of disaster that will finish off our country.

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March 22, 2012

Scapegoats, Lies and Photo Ops Will Not Bring Gas Prices Down

by lewwaters

“The recent spike in gasoline prices following that huge spike in 2007, 2008 is a reminder to Americans that the price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up just because of supply and demand issues.”

The above quote was spoken by Steven Chu, Energy Secretary for the Obama Administration in a March 20, 2011 Fox News interview, clearly acknowledging that supply is a part of why our gas prices have climbed. At the time he spoke that, gas was costing on average about $3.54 per gallon.

One year later the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.88 with several areas of the country exceeding $4.00 per gallon and inching closer to $5 a gallon.

Acknowledging that supply has an effect of how much we pay at the pump, we saw Barack Obama down in Brazil in March 2011 telling the Brazilians, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”

Months after being inaugurated, with unemployment already well above 9%, still indicating the importance of supply, Obama, speaking of the Saudi’s was quoted, “In those discussions I will be very honest with Saudi King Abdullah with whom I have developed a good relationship, indicating to him that we are not going to be eliminating our need for oil imports in the immediate future.”

Clearly, in spite of growing calls for more alternative energy sources, even though they have been shown to be inefficient, unreliable and overly expensive, Obama and those in power realize that oil remains our most efficient and economical source of energy available. Several past calls have been made for Middle Eastern countries to increase their oil production, increasing supply and bringing prices down.

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February 25, 2012

Where Are Obama and the Democrats as Gasoline Prices Soar?

by lewwaters

As gasoline prices hit and in some area pass $4.00 a gallon, what happened to the outrage from Congress we saw in the past?

“Someone is making a killing,” said John Kerry, Democrat Senator from Massachusetts.

“The American public is angry. They have a sense they are being held hostage to you, the oil companies. One is left with the inescapable conclusion that profiteering is occurring at the expense of the American consumer,” said Senator Richard Bryan, Democrat of Nevada.

“In the last week, American consumers have been ripped off on a massive scale,” says Senator Joseph Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut who added, “Mr. Bush should summon executives of the big oil companies and tell them to exercise price restraint.”

OPEC “may not be the only greedy people in this picture,” said Democrat Representative Phil Sharp of Indiana.

At the time Democrats were lambasting President Bush 41, yes the first President Bush in 1990, the AAA was reporting the average price of gas had risen to $1.20, as quoted in an August 8, 1990 New York Times.

Fast forward 18 years to 2008 and we see Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Saying, “I don’t know what President Bush thinks, but four-and-a-half dollar-a-gallon gas is an emergency for America’s families. When was the last time the president filled his own tank?”

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February 22, 2012

Obama Strangling the Middle Class With High Energy Costs

by lewwaters

It seems hardly a day goes by that mixed in with the emails I receive hawking Viagra, enlarging a certain portion of my body, invitations to chat with some 18 year-old hottie (allegedly) and proposals of marriage from Nigerian or Russian ladies offering me millions of dollars, I find something from the Democrat Party or Barack Obama’s reelection campaign telling me how only they are looking out for me and how Republicans want me to die, fund the rich, starve women, enslave Black people or other malarkey.

Listening to what is said in emails seeking donations for the Democrats you would be left with the impression that they and only they care about those of us in the middle class while the Republicans want all of us bankrupt.

So why has the middle class been hurting more since Democrats swept to power in January 2007 and since Barack Obama began his regime in January 2009? Why are we so much worse off with their fixes that were touted as saving us in the middle class?

We know about the housing bubble that finally burst in the waning days of the Bush administration and saw how all of the blame was laid at his feet, even though he repeatedly warned it was coming, only to have efforts to curtail it blocked by Democrats.

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January 21, 2012

Obama Kills Pipeline, China Jumps In To Buy Canada’s Oil

by lewwaters

Years of planning, studies and promotion were flushed down the drain Wednesday when Barack Obama announced he would not approve of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought Alberta oil down from Canada to the Gulf Coast where it would be refined for use in America and exported to South American countries.

In plain simple words, Obama killed thousands of jobs at a time American workers are struggling to make ends meet, many still suffering from unemployment or underemployment. Not only were much needed jobs killed, our energy security is greatly hampered now, keeping us dependent on oil from the volatile middle east.

Outrage and opposition was nearly immediate as shown by ARRA News Service in Arkansas with the article, Newspapers, Dems, Labor Unions Blast Obama for Nixing Keystone Pipeline . Yes, even those considered to be Obama’s base are upset over such a ridiculous job killing decision at this time of deep and ongoing economic struggles.

As can be expected, even after three years of the permitting process, Obama laid all blame for his decision at the feet of the Republicans saying he “was not acting on the merits of TransCanada Corp.’s plan, but instead was forced to make the decision based on the ‘arbitrary’ deadline mandated by GOP provisions in December’s payroll tax cut extension deal.”

In a prepared statement he said, “As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.”

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January 14, 2012

This Election, “Vote 4 Energy”

by lewwaters

Once again, we are faced with an election year. Democrats & Republicans and others will be begging for our vote and for our money while making lavish promises most have no intention of keeping or won’t be able to.

We’ll see and hear each candidate boasting of some record or grand idea to fix our continuing economic struggles. From raising taxes on the wealthy to stopping tax breaks to corporations that create the jobs many have. From making past tax breaks permanent to cries of shrinking the size of government.

We’ll hear promises of how “Green” energy is the answer to our reliance to foreign oil.

We’ll be hearing blame slung around and catchy slogans to grab our attention and vote.

But who will really address issues that have and continue to create economic havoc in our lives? Who will take a stand to the radical environmentalists and bureaucrats who keep us highly dependent upon foreign oil and mired in this elongated “Great Recession” by blocking job creation?

Our energy security is not a partisan issue, it’s an American issue. That point is the driving force behind a new advocacy group, Vote4Energy that lists on their homepage, “A Vote 4 Energy is a vote for more jobs, higher government revenues and greater energy security.”

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August 13, 2011

Putting More Golf Carts On The Road Is Not The Answer

by lewwaters

Few inventions have given people more freedom of movement and mobility than has the car. We Americans are known for our deep abiding love of our cars and can be seen displaying such admiration most summer weekends at various gatherings and shows where folks gather to show off their restored, customized or souped up hot rods. We proudly boast of being “certified car nuts.”

Ever since the oil embargo of 1973 though, our cars have been under assault. The greatest of these assaults seems to be coming from environmentalists claiming how dirty the exhaust is from fossil fuels and how the car is causing the planet to warm up too much. Joining in with the assault is the Environmental Protection Agency as they pass regulation after regulation in the belief they are going to improve how the planet cares for itself and “save mankind” from ourselves.

The Muscle Cars, those high compression, large cubic engine monsters we saw back in the 1960’s are long gone as regulations were set in place to begin lowering emissions from the tail pipe. As the government mandated fuel economy standards were set in place and regulations set on what could be emitted from the tailpipe, we saw Detroit struggling to keep up and build in the technology Congress mandated.

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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 25, 2011

Obama’s Strategic Release From the Strategic Oil Reserve Questioned

by lewwaters

Campaigning for president, In August 2008 Barack Obama stated, “Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been 30 years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long term about the future of the country,” continuing he added, “we will invest $150 billion over the next decade … and leverage billions more in private capital to build a new energy economy that harnesses American energy and creates 5 million new American jobs.”

Although we have seen his “investments” since winning the office, we have not seen jobs or any relief from dependence on foreign oil. We have seen the LOSS of millions of jobs as one after another, his policies prove to be failures.

Criticizing high gas prices during the Bush administration, he and the Democrats continued to block efforts to recover more of our own oil resources and as gas prices began to jump upwards again during this presidency, efforts at blocking access to our own oil resources have continued with little if any permits given to access our own.

Obama, historically opposed to releasing oil from the Strategic Reserve switched gears as he did during the 2008 campaign and said in March 2011 that he was “considering” releasing oil from the Strategic Reserve as our gas prices again rose to unbearable levels for people continuing to struggle in this elongated recession.

Three months later as he sees his approval rating in the polls dropping fast, he announces he will now release oil from the Strategic Reserve, prompting several to question if the move isn’t more of a campaign tactic than actually caring about the American people.

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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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April 3, 2011

EPA Overreach: Hurting the Makers, Empowering the Takers

by lewwaters

As media attention remains heavily focused on the ongoing battle between governors of some states and greedy public unions, a quiet battle has been brewing by a greedy Government Regulatory Agency and a Congress wanting to see the country recover from this deep economic recession we have been in for too long now.

That greedy agency, the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped their limits of enforcing federal environmental laws to advancing “policies absent congressional action that could cost millions of jobs, hurt American consumers and put U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage globally,” as explained by Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute last November.

The congressional action undertaken to reign in the out of control EPA is H.R. 910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Frederick Upton (R-MI) and co-sponsored by 95 fellow representatives. The design of the bill is “To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.”

In a more plain laymen’s term, it is to prevent a government agency from sidestepping congress and taking it upon themselves to write the regulations they will enforce against us and businesses still struggling to come out of this ‘Great Recession.’

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March 16, 2011

Smoke & Mirrors Will Not Fuel America’s Economy

by lewwaters

The economy remains in a shamble, gasoline prices are leaping higher and higher heaping more expenses on the already struggling middle class, many seeking employment and continuing the lack of any leadership we have had since he took office, Barack Obama is headed off to Rio de Janeiro to “help boost U.S. jobs.”

The Middle East remains a hotbed of unrest. Japan is experiencing a nuclear meltdown after suffering a devastating earthquake and tsunami and the world that has come accustomed to looking to the United States of America for leadership during times of crisis, sees her president vacationing, playing golf and attending parties.

Americans too look towards Washington D.C. for leadership while unemployment remains unrealistically high, paychecks dwindling in the private sector while Public Unions rally for more shrinking tax dollars and gasoline leaps closer to $4.00 a gallon and likely beyond.

Addressing taxpayers’ worries, Obama said he was thinking about releasing some oil from the Strategic Preserve as our imported oil exceeds $100 a barrel. But what about our own oil languishing in the ground all over America and off of our shores?

Our oil remains were it is, locked away while oil companies are prohibited from accessing and recovering our own massive resources. In answer to that, current Senate Leader, Harry Reid (D. NV) and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar like to point out that oil companies already have several leases they will not use for drilling. Harry Reid, in what is being labeled a “use it or lose it” policy claims,

“Oil and gas companies are currently sitting on approximately 60 million acres of oil and gas leases that are going unused,” Reid’s office said in a statement. “At the same time they are holding back on domestic production, these same oil companies are reaping record profits from high gas prices. And Republicans are protecting this shell game, at a high cost to consumers.”

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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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June 6, 2010

Administration Hopes To Boost Economy With Oil Sales

by lewwaters

Given the serious nature of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent environmental damage happening as a result of it, I was taken aback this morning to read of how there are efforts underway to increase oil production to benefit the struggling economy.

I was especially curious as to why this effort is even being considered, given how often we hear in the media about how detrimental oil is and how we must get off it altogether and move to “green energy.”

We hear how the Obama administration is further banning oil drilling, plunging hundreds of thousands more people out of work here in America in the midst of one of the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression.

An administration official said in regards to the effort, “The oil here belongs to the people and the international community is doing its part to help ensure that every citizen benefits from its vast potential.”

He went on to say, “the United States and its international partners were looking to use the expertise of giants in the oil industry to generate growth in the oil sector.”

What strikes me most when hearing of this effort is also reading Lawmakers Plead With Obama to Ease Drilling Ban, Warn of Economic Blow, where we read that Obama is defending his moratorium on expansion of oil drilling “as necessary to give officials time to figure out what went wrong before the Deepwater Horizon rig.”

Obama says, “Until that happens, it would be irresponsible of me to lift that moratorium.”

But, from the article mentioned above, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill lets us know that “The international community is committed to propping up the Iraqi oil sector for the benefit of its people.”

No doubt the Iraqi people have been adversely affected with 7 years of war and ongoing sabotage of their oil industry. But, why is it that we help bolster their oil sector while issuing moratoriums on our own and increasing the misery of our own people with ever increasing unemployment?

Surely oil wells and pipe lines being sabotaged in Iraq present their own environmental impact as well.

The UPI article says, “Oil officials emerged from December oil auctions saying they could rival Saudi Arabia in terms of oil production.”

Couldn’t the American economy benefit as well from such increased oil production in areas known to contain vast amounts of oil as well?

We have massive reserves of oil sitting underground within America’s shores and it just sits there, drilling it banned by the very government that sees bolstering Iraq’s economy with increased oil production as acceptable.

Instead, we are treated to heart wrenching photos of an oil soaked bird and calls for Get Off Of Oil vigils from leftist groups.

If so called “green energy” is supposed to be such a boost to our economy, as claimed by environmentalists, shouldn’t it also be of benefit to the Iraqi’s?

The American Petroleum Institute has listed some of the estimates of the negative impact banning off shore drilling will have on Gulf communities, already struggling as much of the rest of the country is.

But, Obama and administration officials are adamant about maintaining the moratorium on drilling American oil.

Yet, at the same time “is committed to propping up the Iraqi oil sector for the benefit of its people.”

As we often heard on the 1950’s I Love Lucy comedy show, Obama “has some ‘splainin’ to do.”

June 5, 2010

Time to Get Off of Oil?

by lewwaters

By now everyone is aware of the tragic accident of the Deepwater Oil Well in the Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent leakage of massive amounts of oil released into the Gulf waters. Daily news reports continue to point out to failures in efforts to stop it as those who have been long opposed to drilling America’s own oil for energy use increase their call for a total ban on all oil use.

The left winged group Moveon.org has sent out the call for what they are calling “Oil Spill Vigil” that begins,

“By Tuesday, the oil spill in the Gulf will have been gushing out for 50 days straight. It might already be five times larger than the Exxon Valdez, and now BP says that the spill probably won’t be stopped until August.

Meanwhile, our political leaders in Washington aren’t even talking about the real solution—getting off oil once and for all, and fully powering our economy with clean energy. It’s clear we need a major public outcry to make this horrible tragedy a turning point.

So on Tuesday—day 50 since the spill—we’re organizing emergency Oil Spill Vigils to demand an end to our dependence on oil, call for stepped-up efforts to end the spill, and stand in solidarity with all those affected in the Gulf.”

Note, they are not calling for ending America’s dependence on foreign oil, but a complete end to its use, showing they have no idea just how petroleum use effects our lives daily and for the better.

Moveon continues,

“We’ll gather together, read stories from Gulf residents affected by the spill, and observe a moment of silence. All you need to do is find a nearby public location for people to gather, invite friends, and tell the local media about it. We’ll help you recruit people and give you all the guidance you need.

By standing together at events coast-to-coast, we can make sure lawmakers understand that the American people are demanding bold action to prevent disasters like this from happening again.”

If Moveon.org and other groups so adamantly crying out “get off of oil” had an inkling of how oil use benefits our daily lives, they would be calling for an end to the severe restrictions on domestic drilling of oil that has been in place for decades now.

As we know, left winged groups aren’t known for the thinking abilities and react emotionally “in the moment,” instead of actually joining in on productive measures to help clean up such tragic accidents or to help bring the leakage to an end.

The ongoing spill from this accident cannot be marginalized nor should it be, it is creating a mess and the inaction and inattention paid to it by the current administration, who finds vacations in Chicago or golf games more important, allows the tragedy to grow worse than it should be.

Instead, we are shown the comment of one Republican in an email sent out by Jon Vogel of the DCCC as indicative of all Republicans, with no mention from him that other Republicans joined Democrats in opposing that comment.

Moveon indicates the leaking well might not be stopped until August. History shows that is a very generous estimate as a 1979 oil well accident in the Gulf of Mexico took some 10 months to stop, and it was only in 200 feet of water, not nearly a mile deep.

But it should also be noted that it was capped eventually, the Gulf cleaned and recovered and the environment survived. Mexico’s refusal to pay damages due to the accident of their well is not comparable since BP has stated time and again they will pay damages.

What remains unanswered and unasked by our so-called media, is why neither BP nor the Obama administration is using the Supertanker vacuuming that the Saudi’s used in the early 1990’s to clean-up a massive oil spill in the waters off of their nation and that not only might have kept oil from reaching the shores of Louisiana, but recovered much of it as well.

Instead, we see and hear all of the finger-pointing as the spill now seems to be used to help implement more restrictive legislation and raise taxes, further wrecking the already struggling economy.

Left out of the discussion is what do we use to power our energy needs, while seeking any alternative energy sources? Alternative methods such as solar and wind power have come under fire by the very same people that demand they be constructed, in areas away from their homes.

Ignored by those demanding we stop the use of oil is how our nation often responds to emergencies and disasters around the globe, all powered by oil: Fueling “the Worlds EMT”.

Demonizing the oil companies and accusing them of putting profits ahead of safety concerns over not having what is known as Acoustic Shutoff Valves installed is little more than the usual political posturing we see and appears to be more agenda driven, since no mention is made of the unreliability of such methods of activation, nor do they account that the failure wasn’t in the method of activation, but the failure of the valve itself to close.

And still, those crying “get off of oil” give no viable solution or alternative that would suit our energy needs, nor do I see any of them not driving, turning off lights, flying in airplanes or forgoing any of the multitude of every day products shown in the link above, all derived from petroleum.

Holding “vigils” and “moments of silence” might make a liberal feel better, but they accomplish absolutely nothing in helping to curtail the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, nor do they supply one ounce of the energy needs of our nation.

They only stir up emotions used to further the socialist agenda of total takeover of our industries by a leftist government.

December 3, 2009

Missing The Boat On Job Creation

by lewwaters

America is deeply embroiled in steep economic problems. Unemployment exceeds double digits in many localities and for many their unemployment checks are drying up. We are in one of the steepest recessions since the Great Depression America saw during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930’s.

Blame for such dire circumstances can be laid everywhere in our government. Most seem ready to blame President George W. Bush since he was president when unemployment began creeping upwards in August 2007, ignoring that is also when newly elected dictatorial Democrats put through their minimum wage increase.

That is not the only reason, naturally, but a contributing factor.

Many reasons came together to cause this mess and a little over 2 years later; we are no closer to getting out of it than at the beginning. Suffice it to say, neither party has cleans hands in this mess nor will either get us out of it.

Still, many in government feel that they are the ones who will pull America back up and get everybody working again. Since we are in yet another contrived energy crisis, some think passing their ‘Cap and Trade” legislation will solve two problems, energy and job creation.

Neglecting that the legislation would burden the already stretched to the limit middle class citizens of America with prohibitive taxes and fees just to have light or drive to work, the thought seems to be that masses of “Green Jobs” await just over the horizon by the manufacture and construction of so-called “Green Energy” plants.

Missed is that some of the very ones who have for decades decried the use of petroleum, coal and natural gas generation of energy are today the very ones fighting to block the so-called “Green Sources,” as can be seen by the efforts of environmentalists in blocking construction of the Calico solar farm in California’s Mojave Desert and similar efforts at blocking wind farms across the nation.

Obviously, the “Green Jobs” just aren’t there especially since many of the components used to assemble the “Green Sources” are manufactured in foreign lands.

Feeling the pressure from an increasingly disgruntled electorate that propelled Obama into office last year, a Jobs Summit was held by the new president “with more than 100 CEOs, academics, small business and union leaders.” He is quoted as promising to take “every responsible step to accelerate job creation.”

Yet, America’s oil and natural gas industry, which supports “9.2 million American jobs and is poised to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs,” was not represented in the summit.

Previously, this blog posted about potential jobs being ignored by this administration at, Our Cash, Your Clunker, What About Jobs? and What About Jobs Obama? Unblock The Jobs!

Not much as changed since those posts were written, other than unemployment has increased and even more jobs have been lost.

Larry Nichols and Jack Gerard, of the American Petroleum Institute are both amazed at how callously the industries ability and readiness to put America back to work is being ignored.

Nichols, Chairman and CEO of Devon Energy Corp says, “Clearly, the White House missed an opportunity to include one of the biggest employers and wealth creators in the nation. The gas and oil industry supports 9.2 million jobs. We know what it takes to create a job, and we know what it takes to preserve a job.”

Gerard, API President and CEO said, “We are not asking for any handouts. We don’t need stimulus dollars or subsidies. We just need access to develop the resources we will need to fuel this economy, and create thousands of new jobs.”

Gerard went on to say, “The American people have spoken on this topic clearly. In poll after poll, they said they want additional access to the nation’s resources. Congress heard the outcry, and lifted the moratoria on new offshore development. But a de facto moratorium has been put in place by this Interior Department. Access is essential to produce the energy this country needs,” while also noting the oil and gas industry has “invested $58.4 billion in carbon mitigation technologies between 2000 and 2008,” making it “one of the largest creators of green jobs” and investing “more than any other private industries or the federal government.”

Yet, the Obama administration sees fit to close the door where real job creation exists, as does our potential to end our dependence of foreign oil sources.

Jane Van Ryan of Energy Tomorrow also informs us, “the administration’s budget proposal would take 20 percent of the industry’s cash, forcing companies to reduce employment and cut back on energy development at a time when the country needs more energy, not less,” as per Larry Nichols.

She also supplies a link to a US Jobs Brochure outlining “the economic impact of the oil and natural gas industry.”

Obama said today after the summit, “This has been a tough year, with a lot of uncertainty. There’s no question that it’s difficult out there right now. We cannot hang back and hope for the best.”

Why then was the industry that holds one of the more promising aspects of recreating American jobs left out today?

He claims that he’s “open to every demonstrably good idea” while also saying, “we also though have to face the fact that [government] resources are limited” and “it is primarily up to the private sector to create large numbers of new jobs.”

The oil and natural gas industry holds the promise of a large number of those jobs along with uncounted potential for secondary jobs created around those directly related.

Not only are the jobs waiting, allowing the industry to do what it does best will lessen our dependence on foreign energy sources and fatten treasury receipts from billions of dollars of taxes and fees the industry pays.

Mr. Obama, all of your bailouts, stimulus’s and brainstorming have been for naught. We need to be working and not relying on tax dollars to get by. If you cannot see that your socialistic policies are hurting the very people who elected you to office, please step aside and let’s get someone up there who is willing to get out of the way and let us, the American worker, do what we do best, get America moving again.

October 3, 2009

What About Jobs Obama? Unblock The Jobs!

by lewwaters

Now that our new illustrious leader has returned from failing in Copenhagen, isn’t it about time he got down to tacks and did something worthwhile, like unblock job creation America?

With unemployment nearly double digits, his promises since acquiring office continue to fall short. In fact, all they seem to do is fall, all around us.

The massive porkulus package did not create jobs nor did the overly expensive cash for clunkers. So far about all we have seen is handful of government jobs filled with the private sector expected to keep ponying up with more taxes to cover every social program this mob in Washington D.C. can dream of.

MSNBC and the AP are telling us, Obama: Jobs linked to health care reform with Obama saying he is “exploring additional options to promote job creation.”

His “options?”

· extending enhanced unemployment-insurance benefits beyond Dec. 31, when they are set to expire;
· extending a tax credit for laid-off workers who buy health insurance through the COBRA program. That program allows workers to keep their company’s health insurance plan for 18 months after they leave their job, if they pay the premiums;
· and extending a tax credit for first-time home buyers. This credit also is set to expire soon.

I see no job creation in that and wonder how an unemployed worker would be able to even buy a home for the first time to take advantage of a first time homebuyer tax credit.

Obama claims his

“proposed health care overhaul would create jobs by making small business startups more affordable.”

With the boondoggles being discussed in Obamacare, with the very real possibility of facing stiff fines and possibly jail for not purchasing insurance, the only jobs I see would be for corrections officers to guard citizens.

Face it; health insurance cost is not stopping jobs from being created.

There is one area of our economy that has consistently offered thousands of jobs and remains blocked by Obama and the Democrats, energy exploration and drilling.

Oil Field

Massachusetts lanky egotistical senator John ‘F’in Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) has co-authored such a blocking and disastrous bill with California’s aging senator Barbara Boxer Of this latest effort at destroying the America we know and love, sKerry says,

“In this time of economic challenge, we have a unique opportunity to put Americans back to work and take charge of our security, our energy future and the fate of our planet.”

He also says,

“This bill takes a more comprehensive approach to the fundamental problems created by climate change and dwindling oil reserves than previous legislative measures.”

“Dwindling oil reserves?” With millions of acres of land known to hold oil in Alaska and off shore?

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute has issued a statement in essence blowing the lid off of Kerry’s canard.

He says,

“If the Kerry-Boxer approach mimics the House bill, as early indications suggest, it will undermine our energy security by making American consumers more reliant on foreign sources of refined products, kill jobs and increase fuel costs,”

adding,

“The 9.2 million workers supported by the oil and natural gas industry have a hard time understanding how America’s economy will be better by threatening or eliminating their jobs and the jobs of those who depend on the energy they produce. And with America depending on fossil fuels for a substantial portion of its energy, many American consumers will wonder why their elected leaders in Washington are supporting policies that will likely raise energy costs and constrict supplies without delivering a realistic and measurable benefit to the environment.”

Those are real jobs he’s talking about, not makeshift jobs to make a politician look important to the community.

It also cannot be overlooked that there will be jobs created indirectly in support of those jobs, home creation, suppliers, mechanics maintaining vehicles and equipment, clothing suppliers, restaurants, you name it, the list goes on forever and is how America built her wealth and security over the decades.

All the Democrats are offering is more government dependency with less private sector jobs to pay taxes into the treasury to pay wages for those on government dependency.

It is self-defeating.

As Jane Van Ryan points out on the Energy Tomorrow blogsite, we need to Stop Delaying and Drill Now.

She tells us,

“the 30-year old ban on offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts expired, opening the opportunity for the United States to drill for more of its own oil and natural gas. What has happened since then to make America more energy self-sufficient? NOTHING!

And she’s right; we have sat back and watched as we drifted more and more into dependency on foreign oil sources, mostly from those who harbor ill will against us.

We’ve heard empty promises over and over and nothing changes.

Auto manufacturers have designed and built more efficient cars, but we have hardly any domestic sources for fueling them. We get pie in the sky promises of “alternative fuels,” often times sources that these politicians themselves block for construction in their back yards, as we saw just a few years ago with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. blocking wind farm construction in Nantucket Sound, joined by his infamous and recently deceased uncle, Ted Kennedy.

I might also add that the area of that proposed wind farm is a popular playground for Senator Kerry, mentioned above who would drive up our energy costs.

Alaska governor Sean Parnell disputes Kerry and letting us know,

“Alaska’s OCS contains an estimated 27 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 130 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. That’s more than twice the amount of oil that has been produced on Alaska’s North Slope since the Trans Alaska Pipeline System went online in 1977.”

These are real jobs, real security, and real energy sources, not down the road some day promises of hope.

We have ample sources of fuel currently to carry us over the years remaining to perfect a true alternative source that is cost effective. We have jobs waiting for hundreds of thousands of American workers.

But, we also have Barack Obama and his Democratic Party cartel standing in the way of a true recovery that will keep America free and prosperous.

“Drill Here, Drill Now” is not just a slogan; it is the way our freedom and prosperity will be maintained.

Oil Gusher Crew

November 19, 2008

Oil Prices Are Down, Gas At The Pump Is Down, What Now America?

by lewwaters

oil-derrick-offshore-2It seems we have dodged another bullet in our cost of energy as oil prices have plummeted and gas is preparing to drop below $2.00 a gallon, down from inching just over $4.00 a gallon earlier this summer during the campaign.

Such high costs put a crimp in our living standards and hurt everybody as we stopped driving as much, stopped buying new cars and had to pay increased prices for nearly everything that had to be shipped over the road by truck. We cried out about it and the candidates responded with promises of increased energy efficiency requirements to partially lifting the decades long ban on drilling our own oil supplies.

At one time both major presidential candidates opposed lifting the ban on offshore drilling of our own oil, but the high prices Americans paid at the pumps and the outrage expressed over it has encouraged both to revise their opposition at least partly.

After allowing the drilling ban to expire, Democrats initially let it be known that they might re-impose drilling bans offshore with the new presidents administration.

Today, November 19, 2008, Steny Hoyer (D. Md.) said that his party

will not push to reinstate a ban on offshore oil and natural-gas drilling next year,” adding “there will be serious discussion as to the ‘parameters’ to which offshore drilling will be pursued.”

Shortly after Hoyer’s comment, the American Petroleum Institute released the following statement,

We believe the position outlined to news reporters by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer – that the Democratic leadership would not seek to re-impose the ban on oil and natural gas leasing in federal waters – is the right approach. The American public has made clear its strong support for increased access to untapped domestic oil and natural gas resources. At least two-thirds of Americans in recent exit polling said they supported offshore drilling. Neither Congress nor the next administration should set unreasonable, arbitrary limits on leasing because such restrictions could remove some of the nation’s most promising oil and natural gas prospects for development, and the industry has proven it can develop these resources in an environmentally safe manner. The industry stands ready to help put America’s vast energy resources to good use to strengthen our nation’s economy and energy security, generate billions of dollars for the benefit of our federal and state treasuries and provide good jobs for Americans across the country.”

While API stands ready to help America in our quest for energy independence, I am troubled by Hoyer’s call for “serious discussion as to the ‘parameters’ to which offshore drilling will be pursued.”

Cathy Landry, a spokeswoman for API shares my concern as she said,

When they’re talking about ‘parameters,’ we should point out that putting arbitrary limits on development, whether that’s [prohibiting drilling within] 100 miles from shore, or whatever they’re thinking, could take some of the most promising domestic resources off the table,” adding, “So we would caution them to really look at what they’re doing and learn about what’s out there before they take action. It could potentially keep some of our nation’s best prospects from being developed.”

Younger Americans may not remember, but this isn’t the first time our dependence of foreign oil has drained our personal budgets. We saw this before in 1973 and 1979 with an increase in oil prices from foreign sources in 1990, while we let our own oil resources sit idle in the ground offshore and within the country itself.

Opposition to drilling our own ranges from environmentalists who’d prefer we go back to walking and riding bicycles to politicians who cry oil companies hold leases to lands to drill already, disregarding that the oil reserves aren’t located on those lands.

Drilling and refining our own oil not only decreases our dependence on foreign lands oil, that are often hostile to us, it stands to create more jobs which results in increased tax revenues for the treasury. In a letter to Congress, Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute said in part,

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry supports approximately 6 million jobs – 1.8 million people directly employed by the industry, with more than 4 million indirect jobs. Expanded access creates more job opportunities – and many of these jobs pay more than double the national average. In addition, oil and natural gas development on federal lands, both onshore and offshore, means billions of dollars for the U.S. Treasury and state governments in the form of royalties, bonus bids, rentals, severance taxes, corporate income taxes and property taxes.”

Sharing in my own sentiments, Mr. Gerard adds,

Now that the campaigns are over, the time is right for a fresh start on energy. The American people have shown overwhelming support for increased domestic oil and natural gas development. Election Day exit polls found two-thirds of voters favor offshore drilling where it is not currently allowed.”

We have survived another wake up call, America. As oil prices slide back down, we cannot let ourselves be lulled back to sleep and continue our dependence on foreign countries for our energy needs. We have several energy resources right here within our own borders to utilize. We have several alternative energy resources in the works, but they have yet to be perfected. Petroleum remains our best bet for the right now. It’s the most economical in energy returned. And, it is available, if we will demand our politicians get out of the way and stay out of the way of obtaining it.

API has made available a 16-page booklet, Policies for America’s Future: Restoring Our Economic Strength and Shaping Our Energy Future, outlining the Oil and Natural Gas Industry’s costs, taxes and profitability and how our energy resources are not being adequately used currently. Policy recommendations are also listed on page 13.

It’s about time we citizens of America woke up and see that our energy costs are tied to nearly every part of our society. From what it cost to drive our cars to what we pay for groceries, to the comfort of our homes, we have serious energy needs. We have the resources available within our own country to met these needs and meet them in environmentally safe ways.

We must declare energy independence and stand on our own. We can no longer afford to be held hostage by foreign lands that aren’t afraid to use their energy sources as weapons against us.

We will perfect alternative energy sources, but in the mean time, we must use what we have available today. We must let our politicians know we want energy independence and they must support obtaining our own resources, offshore as well as onshore.

We must let them know we will not support imposing restrictive taxes on the industry that is working towards our energy independence nor will we accept higher energy taxes on our own individual energy consumption.

We have been promised “change” and we must demand that change include reasonable energy costs and energy independence.

The campaign rhetoric is over and now it is time to deliver.