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Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?: Left of Center View

The question shouldnít be CAN America break free from foreign oil dependency, but HOW will we do it. Someday there really wonít be any more oil regardless of what people are willing to pay for it. When that day comes, we will no longer be reliant on foreign oil because there wonít be any left for us to rely on.

Gas prices are already through the roof across the nation. As usual itís the poor folks who are getting hit the hardest, but the epidemic is starting to spread. Gas has gotten so expensive that even white folks have started taking the bus. With all the money grabbing thatís going on before the foxes are thrown out of the hen-house, the price of everything, not just oil, has gone crazy. For once EVERYONE is feeling the pinch. Itís gotten so bad that gas sales have actually gone down as prices continue to go up.

Hard as it is to believe, Americans have actually started finding alternative means of transportation. We are a car culture and will have real trouble reverting back to community travel. We love the freedom. We love it so much weíre willing to give up our liberties to the government to keep rolling uninhibited. But the era of cheap gas, SUVs and uninhibited waste is coming to an end.

Now the good news is that we donít really need foreign oil to keep this country rolling. There are already plenty of alternative energy sources available. The fact of the matter is that corporate America makes far too much money off oil. They have been actively repressing alternative modes of transportation and energy so that they can keep selling. But the petroleum and auto industries may soon find themselves in the same place the music industry is. No matter how hard you try to stop it change is inevitable.

Record companies hate the internet, they have music downloads and the fact that their 1000% profit ratio is gone. Damned musicians are giving away music, and the money is actually going to the performers and not the guys that used to own them. This happened because the fat cats in the music industry refused to believe that things could ever change. And yet they did. The change is here and itís happening, we just donít know for sure what the end result will be.

Oil appears to be heading to the same fate as the CD, still there just not in as much demand since weíve moved on to something better. Instead of trying to squelch development of new energy sources corporate America should be leading the charge to find something that works just as well and that we can produce at home. If we can do that Iraq just becomes a country with a lot of sand and not really worth bringing democracy to.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
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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Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?: Right of Center View

Under the United States of America in some places there are vast quantities of oil. From Alaska to Annapolis and Baja to Boca Raton there are places along the road where just below the surface sits the black gold that runs American industry and society. The problem is that just around every tree stretch the arms of the environmentalists hugging as hard as they can. Since they are busy hugging their trees they have no need of cars to get to a real job and therefore donít understand what all of the fuss is about when gas is over four dollars a gallon.

It seems logical that given the current price of fuel that we might want to look into drilling for some of the stuff that we have here at home. It seems that some in the halls of power have the foresight to stand up for America producing its own oil. Senator John McCain has the guts to stand up to the environmentalists and offer a plan that will give relief from gas prices eventually. He has offered a plan to give Americans a break from gasoline taxes over the summer and open Americaís shoreline once again to drilling for the oil we desperately need to fuel our vehicles, operate our power plants and provide countless materials we use in our daily lives. The tax break would save people with twenty gallon tanks over three dollars on every fill-up which can add up over the summer. The oil drilling would have Americans producing nearly half of our own oil supply by 2020.

We can break free from oil dependency but we have to have the political will to look to the future and not be afraid of the liberal left wing Chicken Little who claims the sky is falling every time a baby seal dies. We need to be more realistic and balance ecological responsibility with the well being of Americans. We canít afford to ignore the needs of people in favor of spotted owls anymore. Yes, there may be some consequences but to ignore the needs of millions of Americans because a handful of woodland creatures might die is unconscionable. Hard times call for hard choices and these are hard times.

Thatís not to say that we should not work on alternatives to gasoline such as hydrogen and ethanol but we need to remember that there are millions of cars and trucks on the road that would need to be modified or replaced if we suddenly just dump gasoline as a fuel source. Not everyone can afford to buy a new car or spend a few thousand dollars to retool their cars to run on a new fuel. We need to remember the average people that have to live their lives when we talk about how to handle our energy needs. A few bucks a tank might not seem like much but it helps and maybe drilling wonít drop prices today but it might tomorrow.

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What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
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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