I wanted to follow up on another post in which a commenter/reader decided to scathe me for liking Obama (which I don’t) simply because I happened to see his point on the tire inflation issue (and just about completely avoided the issue all together).

So, let’s take a deeper look at this. As I said in my last post:

Offshore drilling facts (as stated by President Bush):

If we open up offshore drilling we can start producing 200,000 barrels a day by 2030.

Our current demand is 2 million per day

Those 200,00 barrels that would be produced in 20 years will mostly go to other countries.

Gasoline conservation facts (of which Obama is being ridiculed for):

Properly inflating your tires can save 3% on gas

Reducing idling time (turning your car off if it is idling for a long time, i.e. at the drive through, when you run into the store, sit at the bank drive through) can save 5%

Eliminating unnecessary acceleration can save you almost 20% in gas consumption

Regular car maintenance such as tune up, changing filters, changing the oil can save 4%

So that means that in 10-20 years (a time frame given by many experts in the oil/gas industry that not many seem to dispute) the oil companies (international oil companies) can get about 10% of our current oil demand of about 2 million barrels/day (we all know that will most likely increase though) from offshore drilling. But that’s 10% of our current oil demand. Remember that this oil is owned by international oil companies so therefore, the oil contributes to the global oil demand. This is a far smaller percentage comparatively.

When you translate that into money your talking about maybe a dollar saved per barrel which is only pennies when your talking about gallons of gas. So in 10-20 years (most say by the year 2030) we will be saving a few pennies on gas if we open up offshore drilling today.

Now, let’s look at the benefits of taking personal responsibility for the amount of gas we consume. If we do little things that cost very little and mostly no money at all like properly inflating our tires, changing filters, getting tune-ups, not letting your engine run for long periods at idle, not accelerating too fast (which only save a few seconds time wise when your trying to get somewhere in a hurry) that is about a 20-30% savings on gas (talking about miles per gallon) for the average person. (There’s a whole list of others things to do such as going down long hills on neutral, rolling the windows up at fast speeds, reducing the weight in your car, being in the right gear (even in automatics which most people forget about), and planning your trip more efficiently when running errands.)

I’m not a math wizard or a scientist but I’m smart enough to know that when you compare the two scenario’s it’s obvious that we will save a heck of a lot more money by conserving oil instead of finding an excuse, like offshore drilling, to keep consuming the same amount and even more oil than we currently do.

In Brazil, 90% of their fuel is sugar cane derived ethanol. And it cost half as much. They have plenty of domestic oil to make up for the difference meaning they absolutely have no need for foreign oil. Plus, with all those flex-fuel cars on the road their air is much, much cleaner. I think we should look to them as an example.

Even as the Democrats ended the congressional session on the House floor, the republicans defiantly remained in an attempt to protest the fact that the Democrats ended the session without a vote on the offshore drilling bill.

Even though we are not getting the full story on offshore drilling the republicans showed an act of defiance trying to drive home the idea of how passionate they are about the bills passage.

Here’s my question: How much did the oil lobbyists give them to stage this childish event?

Update 7: Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chamber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

He then said, “I am a Democrat, and here is my energy plan” and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around the House floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.

Update 8: It’s over.

Right at the stroke of five Georgia Rep. Tom Price announced that House Republicans were ending their impromptu protest on the floor of the chamber, ending a five-plus hour rebellion with a round of “God Bless America.”

The assembled tourists, aides and members in the chamber gave Price and his compatriots a standing ovation. They left the chamber to shouts of “USA! USA! USA!”

This article is well worth the read to truly understand what will happen if we attack Iran. Do people really think the rest of the world will sit idly by if we (or Israel) attack Iran unprovoked?? Certainly, Russia DEFINITELY will not!! Here’s why…they have a vested interest in Iran’s oil and natural gas as the two countries have just signed a “memorandum of cooperation in the oil and gas sphere“. They also have fighter jets strategically placed should we or Israel attack Iran. How stupid can we really be??

Is oil really that important (because you know that’s what it’s really all about)? None of this would be necessary if we would just start utilizing other sources of energy. People say, “that’s a pipe dream”. No…It’s not. People, we need to step up and except the challenge of being part of one of the biggest revolutions in the history of this Earth. We need to make oil a thing of our past. Yeah, it will have an impact on our economy, it will be a monumental task to start using IT instead of oil. But we can do it. It will take commitment and time, but it CAN happen.

I find it very odd that people are willing to turn the world upside down by starting wars that kill thousands and millions of people but we can’t accept a challenge to TRULY change it for the better?? I’d like to have more faith in my fellow human beings than that.

Please read this.

Bush administration officials knew that a Texas oil company with close ties to President George W. Bush was planning to sign an oil deal with the regional Kurdistan government that runs counter to American policy and undercut Iraq’s central government, a congressional committee has concluded.

The conclusions were based on e-mail messages and other documents that the committee released Wednesday.

United States policy is to warn companies that they incur risks in signing contracts until Iraq passes an oil law and to strengthen Iraq’s central government. The Kurdistan deal, by ceding responsibility for writing contracts directly to a regional government, infuriated Iraqi officials. But State Department officials did nothing to discourage the deal and in some cases appeared to welcome it, the documents show.

The company, Hunt Oil of Dallas, signed the deal with the Kurdistan’s semiautonomous government last September. Its chief executive officer, Ray Hunt, a close political ally of Bush, briefed an advisory board to Bush on his contacts with Kurdish officials before the deal was signed.

In an e-mail message released by the congressional committee, a State Department official in Washington, briefed about the impending deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government, wrote: “Many thanks for the heads up; getting an American company to sign a deal with the KRG will make big news back here. Please keep us posted.”

In the no-bid contracts, the administration ultimately conceded that it had provided what it called purely technical help writing the contracts. The United States played no role in choosing the companies, the administration has said.

Disclosure of those contracts has provided fuel to critics of the Iraq war who contend that the enormous Iraqi oil reserves were a motivation for the invasion, an assertion the administration has repeatedly denied.

,a href=”http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/03/africa/03kurdistan.php”>Full Article at The International Herald Tribune