The Future of America Is Feudalism

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Hurricane Gustav and the decision to pick Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican VP candidate have thrust the problem of high oil prices into daily Starbucks' conversations.  The prices at the pump have tripled in the last five years and Americans are fed up with the stalemate caused by social liberals.  I suggested that a barrel of oil will drop to double-digits by 2009 and the market is behaving the way I expected.  While $99/barrel of oil will be a relief, it's still double the price of its fundamental value- that's not good.

Lbc_oil_island The problem isn't about finding the oil; we know where it is.
  We have the money, the knowledge, and now, the motivation, to pump the dead dinosaurs out of the ground and into our tanks; we simply need to do it.

Californians are blocking offshore drilling in the Golden State
- that simply must stop.  The main argument points to the blight oil rigs cause on our coastline.  While nobody likes the sight of an oil rig on their beach, creative minds find ways to camouflage the rigs.  Island Grissom, a man-made drilling island, off the coast of Long Beach, uses interesting buildings and a plethora of palm trees tp disguise the ugly equipment.  Laurie Manny pointed out Island Grisson to me some months ago as we stood on the shore.  At first glance, the island appeared to be some sort of "government installation".  Palm trees dotted the landscape with 2-3 low-rise buildings.  When Laurie explained its purpose, I was flabbergasted.  As you can see from the picture, a little imagination can make the functional palatable.

Federal government officials block drilling in the ANWR circle from fear that we'll disrupt the ecological balance.  The thought that the US Government wouldn't allow Alaskans to harvest the minerals under their state appalls me.  Governor Sarah Palin's letter to Senator Harry Reid, pleading for a policy that promotes domestic energy independence, went largely unanswered.  She makes a compelling argument in this letter.  I'll paraphrase it for you:

We need more energy.  Energy producing countries are gaining both power and prestige in the world.  While most of these countries are monarchies, we run the risk of a reversion to the "feudal system" by ceding power to those monarchies.  I might argue that it is our responsibility, as free men and women, to compete in the natural resources game, if for no other reason than to preserve and advance the social experiment, that democracy is.

Or not. We can continue defeatist rhetoric and subordinate the interests of our nation to the rising feudal lords.  I can't stomach it.  Chalk it up to my heritage but visions of Crowell's soldiers raiding Western Ireland, for its natural resources, invade my dreams.  As foreign ownership of American assets increases, bribery and corruption will become the modern-day swords.  Assimilation and respect-begging become paper shields against those swords.

There will be oil rigs, dotting the landscape of Alaska and California
, in 2040.  We can responsibly drill and control those assets today or stick our heads in the sand and cede those assets to the energy-lords tomorrow.

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Rainer
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Earl Johnson
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Feudalism is where we are at now.  The question is not to "drill and control those assets today or stick our heads in the sand..." we MUST redefine the term energy and use technology to develop ALTERNATIVE means of producing and using energy.  The dinosaurs seek to drill, drill, and more drill.  To keep the cycle as it is will ultimately lead to our extinction.  It is projected by 2040, if we persue alternative energy methods, we will no longer need to import oil.  Imagine that... 

Aug 31, 2008 07:08 AM #4
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Manolis - You are right in that we need to continue to explore other energy alternatives, but you are never going to have a Wind or Solar powered Trucking industry... that is just silly.

I agree that we should have:

                WInd Power

                              Solar Power

                                         Nuclear Power

                                                   Fossil Fuels [i.e. OIL]

 

The answer is a bit more of all these things.

 

The simple fact that Hurricane Katrina RIPPED through the Gulf and NOT A SINGLE DROP OF OIL WAS SPILLED OFF THE PLATFORMS shows that responsible drilling with extreme caution is a reality.

Do you feel it is safer to SHIP OIL half-way around the globe THROUGH the ocean on ships?

 

I leave that upto the reader.


Chris the IMplementer

Aug 31, 2008 07:09 AM #5
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Lorena McMullen
3DX Real Estate - Novi, MI
Serving SE Michigan

I believe we need to Drill, Drill and Drill some more!  Alternative energy is a great thought but hey, Teddy & His brother don't want windmills in their backyards - and prevented them from going in their backyard and Teddy dumped his yachts oil in the Bay for Goodness Sakes; Oh, let's not forget about Pelosi; she owns so much stock, of course she wants us to use alternative energy; she's raking the doe in from alternative energy investments; - The social liberals like Gore, Kennedy's, Pelosi, Dirty Harry Reid, and Mr. Can't keep it zipped Edwards, fly around on their private jets, use more energy than any of us use, refuse to drill, and keep the economy hurting - But what the heck, they have the money and power to put the screws to us... Just ticks me off...

Great Post - Thanks for the shot of adrenaline!

DRILL Forrest, Drill!  :-)

Aug 31, 2008 07:15 AM #6
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Manolis "Manny" Sfinarolakis
Keller Williams Realty - West Hartford, CT

I agree with Earl Johnson.

Think of it this way...if we open up the United States to more drilling, we are simply keeping the life cycle of oil use in play.

If we take a stand as a nation and say "No" to drilling, we will have no other choice but to evolve and create new technologies to satisfy our energy needs.

This will take a refocus of priorities just like Kennedy shaped with his journey to the moon.  It will take a charismatic and strong leader to take us there, and Obama fits the Kennedy mold to a tee.

The longer we put this off, the harder it will become to transition when we have no other choice.

Kind Regards,

Manolis

Aug 31, 2008 07:16 AM #7
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Bill Gillhespy
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Brian,  I thought the drill here, drill now, drill forever crowd finally saw the light about alternative energy.  We need a whole lot less name calling and a whole lot more long term thinking.  Can't wait for a new administration !

Aug 31, 2008 07:17 AM #8
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Earl Johnson
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Oil is a limited resource.  Once it is gone... it is gone.  Then what?  We have NO CHANCE to compete with the oil producing countries... they have more of it and can easily access it!  If we did have the ability to compete, then we would be the #1 producer and exporter!!!  You change the way you are thinking about oil ONLY when you realize it is soon to go.  That's right, no more oil... SOON to go... No more sticking your head in the sand searching for it, because it will be gone, in the form of gaseous vapors romancing our ozone...

I think the primary issue here is we are not educated enough on this matter.  We have too many people politicizing the issue and others blatantly lying so there is no coherent speech no understanding.  It is sad but I don't know if we will ever get beyond rhetoric if we don't act within the next 20 years.

Aug 31, 2008 07:27 AM #9
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Brian Brady
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We need a whole lot less name calling and a whole lot more long term thinking

When did I say that aletrnative energy sources shouldn't be developed?  I thought I was thinking long-term, when I warned you of the rising influence of the energy-lords. 

if we open up the United States to more drilling, we are simply keeping the life cycle of oil use in play

That's faulty logic and suggest that the average American is too stupid to transition to alternative fuels.  I don't buy that.  There's always whale oil.  (which is amazingly, the environmentalists' choice, today)

Oil is a limited resource.

King Hubbert told us we'd run out of oil in the 90s.  Somehow we made it through that crisis (that somehow came from new discoveries and technologies)

Feudalism is where we are at now

Expand, please.

Aug 31, 2008 07:36 AM #10
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Manolis "Manny" Sfinarolakis
Keller Williams Realty - West Hartford, CT

Why is that faulty logic?  If something is no longer available for use, you find another way to produce the same result.  I never said anything about the intelligence of the average american, nor suggested that.  The average american isn't making these decisions anyways.  I am talking about the think tanks who run things in the U.S.  If they can no longer see drilling as an solution, they will concentrate their energies elsewhere.

Kind Regards,

Manolis

Aug 31, 2008 07:49 AM #11
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Chuck Carstensen
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I think there are a lot of ways of looking at this and wisdom will prevail.

Aug 31, 2008 07:52 AM #12
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Brian Brady
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It will take a charismatic and strong leader to take us there, and Obama fits the Kennedy mold to a tee.

Obama is no John Kennedy.  Bill Clinton, maybe but Obama is no JFK.  If you look at what JFK stood for, you'd realize he sounds like a modern day Republican.

JFK on divine providence:

"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe--the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” (Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961)

JFK on taxes:

“To achieve these greater gains, one step, above all, is essential--the enactment this year of a substantial reduction and revision in Federal income taxes. For it is increasingly clear--to those in Government, business, and labor who are responsible for our economy's success--that our obsolete tax system exerts too heavy a drag on private purchasing power, profits, and employment. Designed to check inflation in earlier years, it now checks growth instead. It discourages extra effort and risk. It distorts the use of resources. It invites recurrent recessions, depresses our Federal revenues, and causes chronic budget deficits.” (Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 14, 1963)

JFK on American Intervention abroad:

"It was not General Marshall's speech at Harvard which kept communism out of Western Europe--it was the strength and stability made possible by our military and economic assistance. In this administration also it has been necessary at times to issue specific warnings--warnings that we could not stand by and watch the Communists conquer Laos by force, or intervene in the Congo, or swallow West Berlin, or maintain offensive missiles on Cuba. But while our goals were at least temporarily obtained in these and other instances, our successful defense of freedom was due not to the words we used, but to the strength we stood ready to use on behalf of the principles we stand ready to defend.” (Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Trade Mart in Dallas, November 22, 1963)

Obama is no JFK- John Mc Cain sounds more like JFK

Aug 31, 2008 07:52 AM #13
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Brian Brady
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Why is that faulty logic?  If something is no longer available for use, you find another way to produce the same result

Deprivation is not necessary for innovation.  In an abundant society, Humankind always looks for bigger, and better.  JFK explored space (arguably for military superiority, which worked) but he didn't neglect the use of ships and planes to achieve that goal.

Aug 31, 2008 07:57 AM #14
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Jason Sardi
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I have little problem in drilling here, it could prove beneficiary to our energy needs down the road.  I should point out that who's to say that the oil we may conjure up from our own land will even be used here?  Will any of it be exported and if so, how much and where will that money be going?  Just asking...

What boggles my mind is that we've had the techology to develop other streams of energy for so long yet haven't really implemented them. 

Some say it is cynical, but follow the money...

Aug 31, 2008 08:00 AM #15
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Earl Johnson
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I think it is obvious we need a solution to this issue as soon as possible.  The automotive industry will begin the movement.  Big cities like New York has already begun the quest for alternative solutions.  I think all it will take is an enterprising company to partner with a little city and establish a role model for the future.  At very minimum there needs to be emission standards for big businesses then we will start to scratch the surface.

Aug 31, 2008 09:30 AM #16
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The forces fighting drilling with conclusory claims and falsehoods would destroy the United States in order to rebild it in their image. 

They don't acknowledge that there was a 9/11 nor that imported oil comes from countries that hate our guts and love seeing us pay homage to their good sense to use their assets rather than sit on them. 

Get me out of here.

 

Aug 31, 2008 09:39 AM #17
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Brian Brady
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At very minimum there needs to be emission standards for big businesses then we will start to scratch the surface.

Why?

Aug 31, 2008 03:03 PM #18
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Brian Brady
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The forces fighting drilling with conclusory claims and falsehoods would destroy the United States in order to rebuild it in their image.

I think you meant to say "in order to rebuild it in the (failed) Euro-Socialist Image"

Get me out of here.

No...come back!

Aug 31, 2008 03:04 PM #19
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Brain, I couldn't have said it better.

Aug 31, 2008 11:54 PM #20
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Earl Johnson
Fort Lauderdale, FL

I feel your pain Lenn, but we are all here and we rise up together or we go down together...  No choice but to stand up and encourage others to do the same.  I believe there are a few who hold those views knowing good and well it is to the worlds detriment while the majority believe it is the best way to go.  Education is the beginning to the solution. 

Sep 01, 2008 01:21 PM #21
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Spencer Hill
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We need to drill where we can. While drilling we need to make more commonplace alternative vehicle strategies -- Electric, natural gas, or bio-fuels. We must create more supply to reduce prices butwe need to prepare for tomorrow's energy market

Sep 01, 2008 05:21 PM #22
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Brian,

Sorry I missed this great post and accurate assessment...Good job, Brian! Thanks,   Fran

Sep 06, 2008 04:54 PM #23
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