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What was the president thinking?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published March 18, 2012

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President Obama used his Saturday radio address to urge Congress to kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy. As he spoke, Americans around the country were at gas stations suffering from sticker shock. Indeed, on Friday, gasoline prices climbed above $5 a gallon in downtown Los Angeles.

Talk about a disconnection between the White House and Main Street America. People whose wallets are being emptied at the pump don’t want to hear some esoteric discussion about the $4 billion in tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry and the benefits of alternative sources of energy. They just want gas prices to come down — today.

Obama should have listened to Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, who on Friday said that opening the Strategic Petroleum Reserve should be part of the president’s “all of the above” energy policy. Such a release of petroleum will reduce speculation, increase the amount of oil on the market and reduce prices at the pump.

As of February, there were 695.9 million barrels of oil maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy. The total value of the crude is $64.5 billion.

According to the energy department, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve exists as an emergency response tool the president can use should the United States be confronted with an economically threatening disruption in oil supplies.

What’s going on today in the United States certainly meets the definition of “economically threatening disruption in oil supplies.” Whatever the reason for the shortages, the crisis in Iran or the growing demand in China, Russia and India, the fact remains that the fragile economic recovery in America is in jeopardy.

President Obama needs to announce that he will not hesitate to release oil from the reserve if prices don’t start coming down by the vacation-driving season. His re-election in November largely depends on whether the voters believe he has done enough to satisfy their addiction to oil.

What was the president thinking Saturday when he talked about alternative sources of energy? Obviously not what the American people are thinking today.


1thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Whats wrong with trying something new. Brazil makes ethanol out of rice, now they are self sufficient and not at the mercy of oil barons. Ohio is the leader in solar and wind energy equipment manufacture. Ask your buddy kasich, when his party ridicules it, he is reluctantly defending it. You are the dummy pwhite, for relying on fox and rushbo for your info.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

thinkthentalk maybe you should readbeforeyouwrite. See how wonderfully the wind turbines are working out in Lordstown.

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3thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

chuck, the govt did a study on wind, and yes, this area is doesnt have the sustained wind to make wind energy worthwhile. however, i travel through iowa, and there are thousands of windmills. when i come home from work on I-76, just about everyday i see a big prop on a semi heading west. i believe the company that makes them is in ashtabula.
im sure at one time in history, backward naysayers scoffed at growing penicillin for curing disease, and using petroleum instead of whale oil....

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4thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Mr de Souza, i agree with the president that it is wrong to subsidize an industry that is raking in billions. There is something wrong with borrowing money from china, give the money to an oil company, that then sells the oil to china.

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5palbubba(811 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

thinkthentalk, if the government stops the subsidies, the cost will just be passed on to the consumer. That would be the trucking industry and business and raise prices for all of us. The price at the pump will only go up for you and all other car owners. This would get Obama Bin Laden his target price of $5 per gallon much quicker than any other way. Face it those of you who elected this economically challenged President are too busy drinking kool-aid to think for yourselves.

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6chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

thinkthentalk, this is a different four letter state, Ohio not Iowa. I remember when timmie ryan was pushing windmills here in Ohio and it went the same route as his race track. timmie needs to push for fracking 120% on private and public lands now. But he is friends with O'bama, Pelosi and Hagan.. He is more interested in his friends' support, rather than bringing down the price of gas.

The last time the SOR was released. the effect was minimal.

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7thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

chuck, hunter and bubba, anything that lowers my utility cost, im for.
I watched T Boone Pickens (BP) talk about the wind turbine energy years ago. BP is into wind energy. On PBS i think, might have been Frontline. Its been awhile, but i remember he said that the middle of the country, north texas to s dakota. wind energy was very commercially viable, profitable, and a continuous 300,000 jobs maintaining the turbines. For comparison that swath has wind speed at 8 to 9 meters/sec. Some spots in ohio reach 7.5. The website is windpoweringamerica.gov.

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8thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Not too long ago, some people thought it was silly to recycle restaurant cooking oil into biodiesel. That came around, now its a profitable industry. The containers behind the restaurants are locked, and they get paid for the used oil.
BP, Exxon,Chevron, and Valero are working on algae biofuel. They have the resources, brains, and i bet its just a matter of time to where they figure it out.

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9tnmartin(522 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Oh good. Another cockamamie scheme to distract from O's abysmal record. Another Airship Enterprises, or Commuter Aircraft Corp., or ....

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10thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Put your keystrokes to productive use for once in your life. Google it, yahoo it. The major oil companys are working on this because they think its worthwhile. Its not the presidents idea.

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11thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

tn you are a bitter man, but hope springs eternal. if the oil shale brings the promised jobs and prosperity back to this area, will that brighten your day? probably not. you'll just look for another reason to blame the dems for.

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