What we need is to drill for sources in our own country. There is an estimated 200-300 Billion barrels of oil there to be pumped up for refining. It's estimated that oil produced in this country could be had for as little as $15/ barrel as compared to what we are paying now - 1$$/Barrel.
This is just one source of oil. There is of course ANWAR, the oil off the coast of FL and CA and there may well be others. The point to be made here is we have enough oil known at present in the borders of this country to provide for our needs for the foreseeable future. We need to get this oil to relieve the economy now and while we have oil available we need to develop alternatives to using petroleum that can meet our country's needs for the next 100 to 300 years.
My suggestion is to contact those living around you to have them write their so called representation in the US congress, the president, governors and state representatives to express your concern over not tapping these areas of OIL and developing alternatives to using OIL based products. For your convenience I have included a web site that you can track down your representative and their email address, phone and mailing address.
The President's email address is [email protected]
Alternatives could be using renewable resources to generate ethanol for use in ICE, and developing resources to provide vegetable oil for use in diesel's. When Ford first produced the Model T it left the factory running on ethanol made from various products like corn. In fact, if you replaced the ethanol with corn liquor the old car would hit 80mph.
For ICEs this could be an alternative now with a little effort. While initially it would hit the farmers, we would need to quit paying farmers to not plant any crop as it would be beneficial for them to plant crops that could be used to produce ethanol like corn.
The introduction of the diesel engine was in 1903 at the world’s fair in Paris. It was introduced running on peanut oil but would run on any vegetable based oil, which leads me to wonder how we got to petroleum products for the diesel or ICE engine. I do know if we get off imported oil those states that sponsor terrorism against us will cease to have money to fund those activities.
Other options that need to be explored is to increase the amount of MPG
provided by vehicles sold in this country. We know they can give better mileage with a few options added to the cars such as gear reduction, better flowing intake and exhaust, bed covers to name a few. We need them providing our country the best they have in MPG
offerings such as the Ford Galaxy minivan that seats 7 and gets 44 MPG
or the Ford diesel sportrac that gives 39.9 MPG
both sold by Ford UK.
We also need to choose to drive 55 MPH instead of 70 MPH or better. Reducing our RPM will improve our MPG
and allow our country to use less OIL.
Our representatives should be offering incentives large enough to promote the use of bio fuels and other fuel savings alternatives for the consumers. They should also offer incentives to develop the infrastructure for deployment of bio fuels similar to the deployment of petroleum based fueling products. The representatives should work to develop higher MPG
standards for auto manufacturers providing vehicles to this country. We need them to work toward helping the citizens in this country instead of just taking from them.