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President Obama is taking advantage of the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico to push a "green" agenda and a "jobs" agenda. Fair enough. What is that, exactly?
There may be ways to produce substitute chemicals from natural gas and coal, but both entail some environmental risks. Still, there would be some independence from foreign sources of oil and from the need to drill offshore if natural gas and coal can substitute for oil. Is that what President Obama has in mind?
traffic management systems, so the more efficient new vehicles still tend to use more gasoline than necessary. Could it be that talk about substituting wind and solar energy for oil is just a little "fishy?"
So, Mr. President, if we don't use oil to generate electricity, we have efficient automobiles with inefficient traffic management systems, we need oil for producing everything from textiles to fertilizers; what is your plan for reducing our need for foreign oil... if you seek to restrict domestic oil production?
Mr. President, forgive me if I am just a little skeptical about your ability to direct the whole American energy market in a direction that actually accomplishes what you want while producing results that Americans need... and can afford. And remember, the U.S. population is growing, so energy needs are increasing on an absolute basis. If we reduced our population by 5-10%, our energy needs would fall, too. But that's another political issue.