Have you ever felt like you were zapped into another dimension? Maybe propelled into a parallel universe or fell through one of those worm holes you can hear about during your bouts of insomnia while listening to George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM program? In there, you encounter a member of the United States Congress who expresses his fear that the Island of Guam is about to capsize? Boomer, I hope you are aware of this dilemma and are taking action to correct the ballast on the lighter side of your island.
If you listen closely, you can hear the Twilight Zone theme music playing in the background. Geeze-o-Pete, what kind of nuts do we have running our country?
Also in this strange new dimension, a man who admitted that his cap and tax policies would necessarily cause energy prices to skyrocket and would bankrupt the coal industry tells us that we can now drill for some oil. Back in the realm of reality, what he meant to say is that we can drill somewhere, sometime, maybe, if we can actually find some offshore oil for which to drill, at the only location where he says it is okay to drill, and only if we promise no fish, seagulls or liberal sensitivities will be harmed in the endeavor. However, we cannot drill for the oil at any of the offshore and inland locations where we know the oil is plentiful. And if you tea bagging, Bible clinging, gun toting, rednecks have a problem with that, well bring it on.
I feel obligated at this time to share with you my inconvenient truth theories about drilling for oil. If we sink any new wells, our drills may open up a giant hole into another dimension and the planet will be sucked into it. My alternative theory is that we will unbalance the earth by extracting oil and coal from it and converting it into a weightless harmless gas which is also exhaled by humans and is used by trees to make oxygen for said humans to breathe. Once we have all of the oil, coal, gold for NBA players’ bling and other stuff sucked out of the ground, we’ll be too light to maintain our galactic orbit and will speed headlong into the sun bringing a fiery end to humankind and subsequently devastating the polar bear population. My theories that the earth will either disappear into a worm hole or be vaporized in a collision with the sun, I believe, merits nomination for a Nobel Prize and maybe an academy award. Minimally it should qualify me for a position of national prominence. I could be the Chairman of the Congressional Committee for Capsized Islands. Or I can become an incredibly wealthy fat ex-Vice President selling carbon credits to myself to compensate for the energy that it is okay for me, but not for you, to waste.
Mr. Noory, you have no story as strange as the one being written for America today unless maybe the Congressman from Georgia actually is an alien. Oh, I’m sorry for being so insensitive I meant to say an undocumented space traveler.
Unfortunately, we exist in a dimension with real problems requiring real solutions. Energy is a national security matter. We cannot continue to transfer wealth to people who threaten us whenever a political cartoonist exercises his freedom of speech. Nor can we continue to place our national security in the hands of people who believe that our problems will be solved by wind mills and saving snail darters.
A few, but not a comprehensive list, interesting facts mostly from U.S. Government sources.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) manages over 500 million acres of land, or approximately one-fifth of the land endowment in the United States. Federal lands occur in all 50 States and the District of Columbia and contain the majority of the country’s natural resource wealth. -USGS
John Felmy, chief economist at the American Petroleum Institute, reminds us that more than 131 billion barrels of oil and more than 1,000 TCF (trillion cubic feet) of natural gas are ready to be exploited in and around the U.S. At nearly $100 a barrel, that’s a lot of national treasure being squandered. Much of these oil and gas resources — 78 per cent of the oil and 62 per cent of the gas — are on federal lands and in coastal waters, locked up under frozen tundra and the Outer Continental Shelf. – Investor’s Business Daily
The United States holds the world’s largest known concentration of oil shale. Nearly five times the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia underlies a surface area of 16,000 square miles. The enormous potential of this domestic resource is a key to the Nation’s energy security and economic strength, and to the quality of life Americans enjoy today and hope to ensure for future generations.
More than 70 percent of American oil shale — including the thickest and richest deposits — lies on federal land, primarily in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. These federal lands contain an estimated 1.23 trillion barrels of oil — more than 50 times the nation’s proven conventional oil reserves. – Bureau of Land Management
The United States has more oil and gas reserves on federally owned lands than previously thought. Federal acreage onshore and offshore holds more than 2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (about 75 years worth of current domestic consumption) and 229 billion barrels of oil (about 50 years worth). – Forbes
Using a geology-based assessment method, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean undiscovered volumes of 3.8 billion barrels of undiscovered oil, 3.7 trillion cubic feet of associated/dissolved natural gas, and 0.2 billion barrels of undiscovered natural gas liquids in the Williston Basin Province, North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota. – USGS
North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation. A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency’s 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil. – USGS
Is honesty too much to expect from our leaders? Is there any one of them with courage enough insist that we go after the energy we have?
Reality is that we have sufficient energy resources to become independent of any nation. What we lack are leaders willing to develop it for the American People. Development of our own energy resources, energy that can be used now, is the key that opens the door to security and economic boom. Unfortunately, we seem hell bent on heading into the Twilight Zone or steering toward the twilight of America.
Sorry to have such a sour message for this most Holy week. Pray that Godly leaders are provided for us so that we may experience an American resurrection. Have a blessed Easter. Matthew 28:5-7.