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Jane Dyer, US Congressional candidate counters Drill Now campaign
posted August 18, 2008
Many politicians call of “Drill now! Drill everywhere! is being heard
loud and clear. In the background you also hear that they are
also committed to using all available alternative energies. Could it be
possible that their main interest is once again supporting the oil
companies at the expense of working Americans? Where will
we be ten years from now if we are convinced that just drilling
everywhere now will solve our energy problems?
Drilling rigs must be built, hauled out into the ocean, put into place.
We know if they start immediately it will be five to ten years before
any oil is harvested. But more importantly, do we trust Big
Oil? They are not charities working to help our household
budgets. Their goal is to make the biggest profit possible for
their executives and shareholders so they are hardly motivated to lower
the price of fuel. The problem, as we have seen in the past few
months, is that high gas prices cripple the budgets of most
Americans. The Greenville News reported on August 17, 2008, that
the high costs of gasoline has caused 21% of Americans to eliminate
their vacations, 27% spend less on groceries, 31% spend less on
entertainment and 35% have dined out less.
These powerful companies are not even obliged to sell their oil in the
United States. On Wednesday, August 13, Reuters reported,
“American-based companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and
diesel fuel to other countries. A record 1.6 million barrels a
day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first
four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day
over the same period in 2007. Shipments this February topped 1.8
million barrels a day for the first time during any month, according to
final numbers from the Energy Department.”
They make more money selling product overseas. Gasoline in the
Netherlands, for example, sells for the equivalent of $10 a
gallon. It is shocking that Big Oil ships petroleum product from
the USA at the rate of 54 million gallons a month while we are giving
them billions in tax funded subsidies! I can only understand Mr.
Barrett’s support when I find on OpenSecrets.org that oil and gas
interests supported his current campaign cycle with $12,150.
He demonstrated his Big Oil loyalties when he voted against HR615,
designed to move the United States “toward greater energy independence
and security, developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon
emissions, creating green jobs, increasing clean renewable energy
production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure.” I
understand why he voted “Nay”. There is not a word in the Bill
supporting Big Oil.
He voted against HR2776, the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation
Tax Act of 2007 extending renewable energy credit, solar energy
property credits, and fuel cell credits; all of which could assist
South Carolinians. So it is no surprise he also voted against
HR6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which would
increase average fuel economy in vehicles to 35 miles a gallon.
Barrett even voted against requiring an increase in the production of
renewable fuels from 4 billion to 36 billion gallons. He voted
against increasing energy efficiency standards for household
appliances. He voted against HR5351 and production of electricity from
renewable resources, against HR6049 which would extend tax credits for
producing electricity from wind facilities, biomass, geothermal, solar,
small irrigation, municipal waste, burning trash.
My concern is that we listen only to the call to “Drill now!
Drill everywhere!” and ignore the real long term solution to our energy
crisis, which is alternative energies. This position will once
again leave us completely beholden to the oil industry and one can only
imagine the price they will demand ten years from now. When our
politicians say they support alternative energies and conservation but
have repeatedly voted against these issues, what do you believe?
We are smarter than this. This November you have the opportunity
to vote for a candidate that will not only stand up to Big Oil only
policies, but will work hard to make all forms of alternative energy
available and affordable. Alternative energies and conservation
are the solutions to our energy problems.
Editor's note: Jane Dyer is running for US Congress in the 3rd
Congressional District. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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