Bush with King of Saudi Arabia  This picture shows President Bush with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, asking for higher oil output, and the King refused. He is allowed to say no. It’s their oil, and they can pump it if they want to. I have no problem with that.

This is just another in a list of mistakes Bush makes in my opinion. Bush should be on the television talking to the American people about this problem. If Bush wants to talk to someone, he should tell the American people, now paying about $4.00 a gallon, that the United States has 86 billion gallons of its own oil (according to FoxNews today), and cannot access it, thanks to regulations by environmentalists.

 

It’s embarrassing really, to see him beg to foreign Kings, when the debate on how to deal with this problem should begin right here at home. The last refinery built in America was in 1976. Just how "serious" are we about our energy "crisis"?

Peter Robertson, vice chairman of Chevron, said there would be plenty of oil available to the United States if the oil companies were allowed to get it: “Eighty-five percent of offshore oil is off-limits.”
Responding to objections to offshore drilling by environmentalists and their allies in Congress, Robertson noted that some of the strongest pro-environment nations in Europe — he mentions Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom — lease offshore locations for oil exploration. The technology has become so good, he said, that during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, “one thousand offshore wells were destroyed (in the Gulf of Mexico), but not one leaked.” Australia, he said, has allowed offshore drilling for 40 years without any environmental damage.

According to the Department of Energy, U.S. oil production has fallen approximately 40 percent since 1985, while the consumption of oil has grown by more than 30 percent.

According to government estimates, there is enough oil in areas accessible to America — 112 billion barrels — to power more than 60 million cars for 60 years. The Outer Continental Shelf alone contains an estimated 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Bush should be on national television daily, explaining to those interested, that we don’t have to be dependent on other nations who have religious police arresting women for sitting at Starbucks with male colleagues . (see Human rights in Saudi Arabia ). Is this a country we want to keep sending a fortune to when we can do it ourselves?

And say, if the environmentalists are right, that ecology will suffer in the areas we could drill in, why not then appeal to the American people…award a fortune to the person, people, or company, who can invent another form of energy? We shouldn’t be beholden to a nation who can’t treat their own people right, that makes them untrustworthy at best. Untrustworthy means at any moment, our "friends and allies" could stop the oil to the U.S. any time they wanted to.