empty promises to reduce our dependence on foreign oil

9 07 2008

As Glenn Beck said recently, you combine the high oil price and high gas price with a presidential election, and it’s like a perfect little storm.  All politicians say they’re going to do something about gas prices and about our country’s dependence on foreign oil.  We’ve heard this from presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama (although some suspect Obama wants to keep prices high).  We’ve also heard this from Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush (Sr), Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, along with a number of other politicians (including Al Gore in 1992 and John Kerry in 1990 and Robert Byrd in 1981).

For 30 years, there have been promises by leaders of our country to do something about finding an alternative to foreign oil.  These promises have come from Democrats and Republicans — this is one issue both sides agree on and both sides do nothing about.

Yes, this started some 30 years ago.  Check out this quote from Jimmy Carter back in 1977:

“Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977.  Never.” ~ Jimmy Carter

That sounds great, except that we now import 40 percent more foreign oil than we did in 1977.  So how are we supposed to reconcile his statement?  I’m sure some people can make lots of excuses, but let’s call it for what it is — a lie.  (In today’s “politically correct” climate, that sounds bold, but didn’t he say something that was not true?)

To see and hear this quote from Carter, along with quotes from the other people I mentioned, check out this video clip.  Glenn Beck collected 30 years of empty promises and condensed them into a 3 minute video.

I know, it’s a big problem, because it’s bad for our economy, it sends money to some of our enemies, and it may seriously cripple us in the future if there’s ever an oil shortage.  It’s a complicated issue for sure, and we may not want the government regulating oil prices and usage.  And the president alone doesn’t have the power to make such a big change through the country.  So what will it take?  Will Americans take responsibility for how much oil and gas we use?  That doesn’t seem likely, on a large scale, anyway.  Will the “Big Oil” companies take responsibility?  Only if they can make more money by doing it.  So, I ask again, what will it take?




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10 07 2008
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