The Alaskan pipeline (1975-77) created tens of thousands of jobs? A reasonable conclusion is that if we started a multi-front energy effort, including domestic drilling, it would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Good jobs, tax-paying jobs, federal, state, and local tax-paying jobs. With technology the way it is today, I doubt that any damage would be done to the environment in the drilling and other construction. The dire predictions of the pipeline and our own Davis-Besse nuclear plant have not happened after 30 years.
There is enough blame to go around for the costs of energy , and all of its effects. The Democrats for blocking domestic drilling, republicans for lack of backbone, and us for not paying attention to detail by just reading( or listening) the headlines.
But it is on us now. The $700 billion (three times the costs of the Iraq war) going out per year would go a long way to help the economy — including the U.S. auto industry.
I do not buy into global warming. So I therefore do not buy into the carbon dioxide emissions. We have had two of the coldest winters on record in the past two years, the oceans remain temperature constant, and Antarctic ice is growing. And just in off the wire, Greenland is not melting.
And then there is the dreaded futures market. I guarantee that if Congress lifted the ban on domestic drilling and nuclear energy, that prices would drop at least a third.
Contact your representative and senators. Tell him you want to drill here and now. Watch how he votes ( or doesn’t vote) and remember that the next time you are at a gas pump or voting booth.
Thomas W. Coughlan
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