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America the new middle East?

May 10, 2014

IMG_1093Oil wells, fracking wells, natural gas production, coal, wind and solar…..right this second we have more potential energy than any other country on earth. Our national bank account could be trillions of dollars on the plus instead of the minus side if for only one thing…the will to utilize our nations natural resources. Just imagine not having to buy any oil or gas from any nation on this earth, in fact we could even help support the European nations to break away from their dependence on Russia for their energy needs.

Right here in Alaska we have billions of barrels of untapped oil and gas waiting to be brought to market. If you add the extensive amount of rare earth elements, plus gold, silver and coal Alaska alone could be the nations safety deposit box. But for some reason we are constantly being stopped from developing our resources…why? Yes I know when it comes to coal we hear cries of air pollution, but what would this nation look like if in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century the powers to be stopped us from using coal as our main energy source? I am also sure no environmentalist will stand up and try and stop China from using coal as their main source of energy.

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Then we have other environmentalist stopping us from drilling off the coast’s of the United States because there is the danger of oil spills like what happened off the coast of Louisiana, and right here in Alaska we have these same extremist stopping us from drilling because of an animal…the caribou. Just when did man’s needs become overshadowed by nature and the animal world?

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Somewhere in the future when the countries of this planet are fighting wars
over their lack of oil, gas and coal
all these environmental factors will be buried
beneath the weight of dead bodies of those
fighting the ‘energy wars’.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2014 6:48 pm

    Yes, you can see how scared and traumatized those caribou are by those oil wells at Prudhoe.

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  2. Jon permalink
    May 11, 2014 3:04 am

    A few years ago I noticed the word in the word environmentalist; MENTAL. That explains everything. I would put some good money on a bet none of these environMENTALists are living without any help whatsoever from fossil fuels. A lot of these people won’t be happy until there’s no one left on earth except themselves.
    And just think, they could be living in a home built on a former “wet land” filled in by some greedy, vicious, heartless developer who cares only about profit. So they go to a cave, but they can’t live there either because they could be disturbing the natural habitat of a bat, centipede, milipede, snake, etc. So they pitch a tent in the forest, but they can’t do that either because the tent was no doubt made in a polution-spewing factory by slave labor again owned by greedy entrepreneurs, & by occupying a space of grass, they’d block the sunlight that plants & worms need to survive. Plus they’d have to cut wood from a tree for heat, thereby polluting the air with the fire. I’m surprised with the anti-Christian movement on they haven’t sued God over forest fires. I’m going to take my tongue out of my right cheek now.
    Pete, you’ve made all of us on here a little bit smarter & have opened our eyes through your insights & points of view.
    Nice pics from Prudhoe Bay, Pete. I have several myself of the caribou lazing around watching the construction. Brings back memories of my time there & I’ve just convicted myself. LOL!
    Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms!

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  3. May 11, 2014 5:40 am

    Hey Pete – believe it or not I do consider myself something of an environmentalist but I’m also a realist. I believe we have to develop our natural resources but I also believe we must do so in a calculated and informed manner. Allowing industry to just ‘have at’ has shown they will be very efficient at accessing the mineral and energy wealth but what’s left over is not pretty. I believe its completely possible to satisfy our country’s energy needs without raping the landscape in the process but this does require forethought and planning. I am disgusted in general with zealots of any kind and that includes the nutty environmentalists who still cling to the base proposition that humans are a disease infecting the land. We have at least as much right as any other life form to exist here and our continued existence requires we access and utilize raw materials…period! I know of no other living organism that doesn’t borrow from what’s around it to survive so why should we be any different. I do also think we have the intelligence, the ability and the responsibility to make smart choices in how we obtain and utilize what we take from the environment around us. Its possible for us to have our technology and still sustain the beauty and wonder of our great country but we have to establish policies based on science and not the rants of extremists and zealots.

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  4. May 11, 2014 5:55 am

    Yeah, the politicians are okay as long as other countries are polluted. What a hypocrisy! Meanwhile back at the ranch…. I’ve always subscribed to the theory that when a catastrophic event happens, it will be too late and only then will people rally to sustain ourselves with what we already have.

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  5. May 11, 2014 1:56 pm

    The caribou give birth beneath the heated pipelines. Yes, we need to develop wind and solar power, but taking Alaska oil would potentially prevent fracking – which is contributing to earthquakes in the Heartland of the US.

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  6. May 11, 2014 8:00 pm

    We have a resource far more valuable than fossil fuels – a resource in short supply in the Middle East: Water. And the fact is the extraction of and use of fossil fuels often fouls water resources. Like most Americans, we’re certainly not against using fossil fuels to meet a share of our energy needs, but we do note with sadness that back when we were growing up, and when we were young adults, wanting to protect water and other natural resources did not make a person an “extremist.”

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