I vaguely remember when G.W. Bush was in the White House and gas was teetering on $3 bucks a gallon. You would have thought that President Bush was hoarding all the gas on his Crawford Texas farm. Every time I turned on a TV, there it was; G.W. Bush, in bed with big oil. It has got to be this that is causing gas prices to rise. It turned out to be a much simpler force in action in the fuel market…supply and demand. Now we are here again. We have an increasing demand with a decreasing supply. Much of the decrease may be affected by the turmoil in the Mideast. The other supply that is being disrupted is domestic production. President Obama and his Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, have seen to it that domestic production is hampered by draconian regulation. Getting a permit for new exploration is next to impossible. We must take control of domestic oil production and allow for safe use of our domestic oil supplies.
That being said, even with increased domestic production, there is a limit to how much we need verses how much we can produce. So what is the answer to the unasked question? The answer is Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), the question is what can we do? CNG reserves in the US are abundant and easy to extract. The risk to the environment is minimal and CNG burns cleaner than gasoline; if carbon is an issue. I have looked around to see if there is anyone who has a plan and some clout to get their plan moving forward. I found that person in T. Boone Pickens and the Pickens Plan is the only viable plan being presented that fits all the needs. Maybe one day we will have affordable clean and renewable energy; that day is not here yet. Until then, we need an instrument to allow us to wean off foreign oil. That instrument is Natural Gas.
I will blog later about how we can advance Natural Gas policy, as soon as I get better ideas. I didn’t pick this cause…it picked me. I have a young family and I want for them what I had for myself. Freedom. Energy independence allows that freedom. A slave to oil producing countries is still a slave.
If you know anybody with influence over local energy policy, ask them what they are doing to promote America’s top energy source, natural gas. Don’t forget to mention that every active gas well in the USA means US jobs for hard-working Americans. I would much rather spend my money buying energy from a company that employs my neighbor verses a company that supports countries that want me and my family dead. Today’s truths are stark. We cannot have national security without a strong energy policy. We cannot have a strong energy policy that is not based upon transitioning to alternative energy using clean and abundant natural gas.