We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius pens an optimistic description of "Our Plentiful Future." According to analysts he cites, the US could reduce its energy imports to 22% by 2020 due to our natural-gas boom, and reduce our dependence on the unstable Middle East even more due to Canadian supplies. In turn, this will decrease the cost of manufacturing at home, a high percentage of companies which have outsourced to China bringing several million jobs home.
What Ignatius fails to mention is that with regulatory interference and increased taxes, the Obama administration is doing everything it can get away with to puncture these possibilities. Leaving out that important blockage, Ignatius is engaging in the happy talk that comes from an Obama supporter.
Our plentiful energy future is not just a dream. It will be a reality if we can get the Busybody Brigade out of our hair. We have enough "proven reserves" of natural gas and petroleum to make us completely energy independent within a fairly short period of time. The Wall Street Journal had a special section a few months ago on our extensive deposits of shale gas and oil throughout most of the states in our Union. We have several large shale fields in Texas, and there is a huge field which we share with Canada [Marcellus and Bakken, IIRC]. China is already trying to buy into our American deposits. "Proven reserves" by the way, means that the deposits have already be explored and evaluated, so it is just a matter of production now. And the oil and gas industry has been refining and perfecting their recovery techniques before the Liberals even discovered that we had them. Now that they know there is such a thing as fracking [fracturing] they're trying to make it illegal. Hard to do when the technique is simply injecting water into the shale layers to spread them apart enough to release the oil and gas.
This has the Obama Administration's knickers in a twist, because they want to fill our energy needs with expensive energy from the MidEast, [plus algae] so they can get our costs so high that they can then nationalize our oil companies. With nationalized energy needs and Obamacare, they will then own a huge segment of our economy and can boss us around and cosy up to the crazy MidEast countries, and dominate the personal lives of all the US citizens living under their yoke.
Not a pretty picture of our future, is it?