President exhibits ‘crude’ behavior
Can or should a president traipse hills and byways looking for the best place to drill for oil?
Obviously not; not only should he have more pressing matters to attend to, but there is an entire industry committed to that mission.
Can or should a president interfere with the industry committed to finding and processing the crude oil essential to fueling our lives and our economy? I am firmly in the camp that says a president should not! However, I am just as firmly convinced that this president, through his minions in the Environmental Protection Agency, can and have impeded the oil industry from drilling.
His lethargy or inaction during the BP oil spill in the gulf allowed a near-disaster to occur and facilitated the unnecessary loss of millions of gallons of oil. However, the tragedy from his inertia did allow him to castigate the oil industry and to declare a moratorium on deep water drilling.
When he had the opportunity to provide Americans with jobs and oil tar from Canada, he cited the potential environmental damage to the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska to reject the Keystone Pipeline. A quick glance at a map of the Ogallala Aquifer and the thousands of miles of existing pipelines renders that argument suspect and, I dare say, specious.
There is still abject intransigence about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
So, I think it is blatantly obvious that this president is taking every opportunity to hinder the oil industry from producing more oil.
Economics 101 tells us that plenty reduces the price of an item, while scarcity increases the price.
So, either his actions are intentional or thoughtless.
Consider the statement of Steven Chu, Nobel Physicist from 2008:
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
Recently, as Obama’s EPA Secretary, Steven Chu stated to a House Appropriations committee:
“High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives (solar, wind, algae) more urgent.”
When asked if his overall goal was to get gas prices down, Mr. Chu admitted that it wasn’t.
Following the logic that a president will appoint individuals to cabinet positions that embrace his thinking and will enact his policies, it appears that President Obama is not concerned about or actually wants our gas prices to go up.
Somewhere President Obama’s thought process ignored the fact that crude oil produces an almost endless number of everyday products. So, raising the cost of crude has an almost endless impact on American families.
Actions and consequences trump intentions! President Obama’s policies have made gas prices soar and Americans sore!
That’s my nickle.
Gene Brown is a former Marine, a retired air traffic controller and a proud representative of the many Americans who profess Conservative political views. He is a Quemado resident and has been writing Gene’s Nickle since January 2009.