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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Don’t Blame Big Oil, Blame Big Enviro

Is there really a shortage of natural gas or crude oil? Could it be that those who cry about shortages may, in part, be responsible for creating them? Check out this editorial from Mark Yost at the Pioneer Press. (Free registration required. The post may only be available on the “free” side thru Monday, 11/14/2005.)

Yost takes a look at the National Petroleum Council’s 2003 study (www.npc.org) which suggests that there is plenty of natural gas, but environmentalist groups have flexed their political muscle to prevent us from getting at it.

For example, there is an estimated 93 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Alaska and offshore, but “environmentalists” have been successful in lobbying congress to block access to this gas – despite the fact that citizens in Alaska are eager to get at it. U.S. residential use of natural gas averages 5 trillion cubic feet per year.

These so called “environmentalists” claim such access will harm the environment. Yet their past claims have been proven wrong. That Alaskan pipeline did not destroy the environment upon which it is built. To the contrary, wildlife seems to like it.

Our dependence on foreign resources poses greater risks to the environment that Big Enviro is allegedly trying protect. Shipping gas and oil overseas is riskier than drilling for them in our own backyard – especially when you consider current technology for retrieving the resource.

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