Category Archives: national energy

Gas Powered Alarm Clocks and Healthcare

GOP - Democratic HealthCare Organizational Chart
Source - http://docs.house.gov/gopleader/House-Democrats-Health-Plan.pdf

Now this is just too funny. It’s so funny that it is another sad moment with our government. Ok – so explain to me how the Federal government is going to make the healthcare industry any more efficient, when they can’t even run something as simple as EnergyStar?

Now remember, the EnergyStar program has been around for quite some time. It was started in 1992 as a wing of the EPA and the US Department of Energy with a stated purpose of “helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”.

Apparently, a gas powered alarm clock will help. That’s right –  a gasoline powered alarm clock was submitted by the GAO (Government Accountability Office) and approved as EnergyStar Compliant. Not only that – there were a few other products submitted and approved as well, such as the “Feather Duster Fly Strip Air Freshener”.

What does that have to do with health care? Simple. Anyone with a little common sense knows that you have NEVER heard the phrase “…with the speed and efficiency of a government office.”

10 years to produce?

One of the biggest arguments that liberals use against increasing oil production domestically is that it will “take 10 years to have any impact.” Oh really? Well let’s take a quick look at some facts.

Elm Coulee Oil Field, which produces oil from the Bakken Formation, was discovered in 2000. By 2007 the field had become one of the 20 largest oil fields in the United States. That’s within 7 years!

So what – do the liberals like to round up? They often cite the study by the EIA that says it would take 10 years before oil production would start in ANWR. Yeah – sure it would.

Liberals also like to state that drilling in places such as the Bakken Formation or ANWR would not have an immediate result on the pump. Let’s assume that they are correct (which they are not). Ok, we just assumed it. I would much rather start something now and realize it later, than not start anything at all.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Four, renew — invest in renewable energy resources, which will bring a faster return than drilling offshore, which will take 10 years and produce 2 cents’ reduction in 10 years off the price at the pump.

Here is the real deal: Increasing oil production domestically now will have a positive short-term impact on our economy plus a long-term impact on our oil independence. It’s a no-brainer.


References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm_Coulee_Oil_Field

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_Formation

Did Nancy Pelosi cave on offshore oil drilling?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/presidentbush/2008/08/offshore-drilli.html