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Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?: Left of Center View

Does Americaís dependence on foreign oil put us in danger? Hell yes it does. Hey, letís be honest, our dependence on oil, foreign or domestic, is a huge liability. The infrastructure of America is powered by petroleum. Notice what the rising fuel costs have done to the cost of just about everything? Groceries cost more, travel is more expensive and anything getting to the store via land or sea is becoming more expensive. Even good olí Wal-Mart is raising prices these days. When the phone company adds a ďfuel surchargeĒ, you know thereís trouble.

Look this part of the equation doesnít need to be a long discussion. Every one of us is feeling the pinch of soaring gas prices. Gas is already past $4 a gallon in most of the country and itís not stopping there, $5 by the end of the summer is almost a given. By watching the price of everything rise in response itís fairly easy to see just how much we depend on oil in this country for everything from produce to procreation.

Weíre screwed if the countries we rely on for fuel decide not to sell to us anymore. This doesnít even have to be hostile, with the dollar continuing to fall, other countries will be able to outspend us and pick up the limited supply for their own use. The reason is not what important, itís the result that we need to worry about.

If the trucks stop rolling, suburbia shuts down. Our major cities were built around the major transportation centers of 100 years ago, mainly aquatic or the railroads, so they wonít be hit to hard at first. But the majority of the population doesnít live within walking distance to the nearest port. So yes, when the oil runs out so does our way of life.

The military sworn to protect that way of life also runs on oil. Thereís no immediate threat there, since they do have a major reserve and they get priority. However if the supply is cut off permanently weíre basically back to throwing rocks at each other. Even the guns need oil to function properly.

Thatís the short part of the discussion, the long, long, long, part of this issue and the question we need to ask is: ďWhat are we going to do when the oil runs out?Ē Itís a matter not of if but when will the pumps run dry and we need to come to terms with that. We must either find a way to work together and put our needs as a nation ahead of those of the individuals that live here or the richest, most powerful nation the world has ever seen will find itself out of gas and left behind scratching our collective heads trying to figure out who is to blame for the mess weíve found ourselves in.


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Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
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Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
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Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?: Right of Center View

This is one of those rare occasions when the moderates, liberals and conservatives can agree on the simple answer to a question. There is no question that American dependence on foreign oil poses a grave risk to the health and well being of our nation. Every aspect of American life has some ties to the use of oil. Since basically none of us are running around in loin cloths and using hand made bows and arrows to hunt our food we are dependent on oil in some fashion. The food we eat comes in trucks powered by diesel fuel made from oil. The electricity we use is either powered by or somehow maintained with some form of petroleum based product. Even the windmills need to be greased from time to time. The guns that our police and military depend on to defend our freedoms, you guessed it, they need oil too.

So the question becomes not if the dependence on oil puts our society at risk but rather whether we have the intelligence as a nation to find alternatives that are feasible to produce and renewable. While I am by no means a tree-hugging liberal, I have to say that they make good points about the need for our nation to focus on developing renewable fuel sources that pollute the air less. Letís face it, even if the ďglobal warmingĒ thing isnít as dire as they make it out to be asthma and other lung related issues are on the rise and for many of us one has to but look up to see why. For those of us living in the cities itís easy to tell that the air has gotten worse. When you can see the air on a cloudless day thatís not good. Iím thinking that God never intended for the sky to be brown instead of blue. Bottom line we need to clean up the air our kids breathe.

Whatís the answer? Heck, if I knew that Iíd be a rich man. The answer may not be simple and is definitely not as simple as the politicians make it out to be. We have literally millions of vehicles on the road dependent on oil based fuel. Virtually every moving part of most modern machines is lubricated with some form of petroleum. We need to find an abundant source of a substance or substances that can replace all of the functions of oil and we pretty much need it done yesterday. Some conservatives call for the opening of the national wildlife preserve in Alaska for drilling. While I am not really worried if the polar bear doesnít make it in the long run because all species eventually become extinct I donít think opening up more areas to drilling will solve the problem. We need to replace oil altogether if we are to have a secure future. It is a finite resource and it will eventually run out. The smart bet is to replace it not give ourselves a false sense of security by delaying the inevitable demise of the Earthís oil supply. Besides, if we find the best alternative first, then OPEC will be coming to us for fuel when the oil runs out.

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Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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