Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Energy Crisis Is Over

While doing some research on impending legislation currently under review in Congress, I suddenly discovered that the Energy Crisis was over! I mean it must be or the Senate would not have passed omnibus legislation to set aside almost 2.2 million acres of land, significantly expanding National Parkland, Heritage areas, and of course Conservation areas (by about 60 sites in all). of oil rich land, banning any exploration or drilling on it.

The legislation, for those of you who love to look up the details (or to make sure that I am not pulling this stuff out of an orifice better left without discussion) is S.22 The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. I won't go into the details of this particular bill, as the link will allow you to do so at your leisure. I will tell you however, that it only failed to become a national reality on a political technicality. This legislation actually passed in the Senate by a vote of 73 to 21. It then moved on to the House, where it passed by a vote of 282 to 144. It failed to become the law of the land only because that vote was taken on a motion to suspend the rules, which requires a 2/3 rather than a simple majority for actual passage.

Knowing that Congress is the best and brightest of us all, I can only assume that we would only take potential oil rich land out of the mix during a time when the price of energy may help to determine the pace of economic recovery if in fact there were abundant sources of cheap power throughout the world. Certainly the senior legislative body of the Congress would not tamper with the future of the country in a time of impending economic crisis unless they knew that there was no possibility of negative repercussions, right? This whole thing certainly wouldn't have been perpetrated as political gamesmanship which would appease the radical environmental left and their virulent objection to any new oil exploration, while still managing to hold off the more moderate and and right wing elements who want to "drill here and drill now" to avoid seeing gasoline prices go back up to $4.00 per gallon.

Why isn't this all over the news? Why isn't the Obama Administration calling non-stop prime time press conferences to announce that they have resolved the energy crisis, one of the most baffling conundrums of the 20th and 21st Century? Why isn't gas under $1.50 per gallon?

I must tell you that I am amazed! Who would have thought that a bunch of politicians who can't seem to balance a checkbook (personal or governmental), can't pass gun control law that actually control anything but the right of law abiding citizens to defend themselves, and can't seem to remember which CIA questioning techniques they have been briefed on could possibly be smart enough to understand something as complex as economic energy policy and the distribution of natural resources in our country?



Hooda Thunkit said...


I seem to detect that you are holding Congress (the opposite of progress) in such high esteem ;-)

Congress is merely doing what their middle-eastern handlers have told them to do, f*&k with our minds and keep us dependent on THEIR oil, instead of keeping our energy money here, enriching us and keeping us and our country strong.

I believe it's called Politics...

Anonymous said...

i would be outraged too if not for the fact that i know that:

- it can take up to 10 years to get the infrastructure in place and get your first barrel out of any field.
- since america long since passed it's peak oil, the actual per-barrel price has to be much higher than it is now to making going after these reserves even profitable (think $4.00 gas).
- no known oil reserves exist in united states territory, proven or unproven fields, that can significantly impact the global price of oil.

given that information, i don't particularly care that we're not going to be able to waste time, effort and money getting too little oil too late in the game.

Ben said...

I actually didnt hear about this. Thanks for the heads up.

Tim Higgins said...


I'm not saying that I disagree with you. I am saying that this is the same thing that we were saying ten years ago, and now we've taken more pieces off of the board.

Tim Higgins said...


Your powers of detection have not failed you. I'm not sure about the handlers on other shores, but I know that this is a big hit with left wing environmental groups here.

Letting this thing die this way allows these cockroaches to appease certain well-contributing constituents and still hide from the light. I'm afraid that we haven't seen the end of it.