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When it comes to oil, are they stupid or just lying to you?


Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The economy is in the basement and, to top it off, energy prices are at all time highs causing increases across the board for all goods and services. This is the worst of all worlds; high prices, stagnant job creation, and low wages.

High energy prices can't be blamed for all of this. The dollar is in the tank also and the unregulated banking industry managed to paint itself into a bankruptcy corner of its own. The problem with energy is the politicians are acting as if there is a simple solution to the problem and the public is starting to buy it.

The energy problem and the time to have started a reasonable energy plan was in 1973 when OPEC limited production for the first time, not when Cheney convened a secret oil and coal executive energy panel in 2001. Denmark did this in the 70's and that little country (along with their territory Greenland) is now energy independent.

Now the politicians tell us if we drill wells in the outer continental shelf (OCS) we can see gasoline and diesel at cheap rates again. It's not so simple.

Some estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are interesting. They estimate it would take 7 to 10 years for any oil at all to be produced and brought to market. There is a waiting list for the oil drilling platforms from the few shipyards that can produce them. There is a shortage of experienced personnel to manage and run these huge machines. There is currently no infrastructure in place (pipelines) for getting the oil to refineries. Our refineries are, for the most part, now running at capacity.

To reach the maximum output from all of the OCS areas thought to contain oil or gas the DOE estimates it would take until 2030. At that point the DOE estimates any influence on the price of gasoline or diesel will be infinitesimal. An article in the New York Times estimates the maximum is estimated to be 200,000 barrels per day versus a current world output of more than 80 million barrels per day.

The oil will not necessarily all be saved and sent to the continental U.S. so we can have cheap gas and diesel. It would be sold to the highest bidder and if things continue as is that would be China and India.

The main concern against drilling seems to be the possibility of an accidental oil spill or leakage. In 1969 one did occur and made a mess of Santa Barbara. The U.S. Department of the Interior points out that all the spills from off shore drilling between 1993 and 2007 re .....
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A Christian looks at war

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I begin my examination of war by looking at Jesus' words from the Bible. A sampling from the gospels provides these quotes (from The New Revised Standard Version):

"Love your enemies; pray for (them)... ." Matt ..... 
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Musings from the lawn chair

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I don't like my federal government - the Administration, Congress, the whole shooting match - they just don't seem to share my values. The larger the resources available to them to play with, the less I trust them with how they'll use them. Three tr ..... 
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Word Play

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Words are fun. Words are powerful. I love them. I wish I could roll around in a field of them and chew the sweetest and stomp on the ugly ones. I'm no linguist, plain old Midwest English is the best I can handle and I have been accused of sounding l ..... 
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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmor ..... 
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Time to take a break from the political reality show

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that the presidential primary contests have ended, enthusiasm for the real Presidential race seems to have dissipated. At least it has for me.

Initially, both Democratic and Republicans primary races were filled with a special drama tha ..... 
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FairTax Bill offers positive change

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Upon telling folks about the FairTax bill, they frequently say, "It'll never happen." This has been the common reaction to every big idea ever proposed in the history of man. If the FairTax plan is such a great idea, if it is much needed, then why w ..... 
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Let them eat cake

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
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In the late 50's when I went on leave from an active duty post in Virginia I brought home a young man who had never been more than about 50 miles inside tidewater on the east coast He was born, I think, in Massachusetts and grew up in New York State ..... 
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Strawberry Fields Forever

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
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The classes of 1968 will be meeting for 40 year reunions this summer. It would be a good time to be a caterer or a DJ with a great collection of classic rock, because there were a lot of us and we still eat and dance. We may well be seeing football ..... 
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