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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A letter to your congressmonkey

Energy for America

Congressman _____________:

I am concerned that the long term strategy of the Congress (both Democrat and Republican) seems to be to allow the forced turnover of our wealth to foreign nations, many of which would love to do us harm economically, if not militarily. Currently, we import approximately 60% of our oil. This comes from the U.S. Government site FuelEconomy.gov.

Since we have known about oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), oil companies have been prevented from exploring and exploiting this area due to questions about potential environmental hazards. I can certainly understand the concern that Congress has regarding this issue, but with the price of oil nearing $150.00 per barrel, and gasoline prices nearing $5.00 per gallon, and tangible evidence of economic damage being done to the U.S. economy as a direct result, it seems to me, and many of your constituents (who are voters) that Congress should act to improve the quantity, and quality of our energy sources to ensure the long term economic health of the nation.

We should be exploring for new sources of oil in ANWR, in the Bakken Formation, and off of our coasts. To not do so while asking supplying nations to increase production, causes us to look the fool to the rest of the world and frankly, to your constituents.

Why have we not opened one new refinery in the last 30 years? Why have we not granted a license for a nuclear power plant since 1977? Our need for energy to grow our economy has not abated; our cost for the same energy goes up daily.

Why are we not seriously exploring coal? Liquefied coal is a huge alternative to oil, and the United States is the “King” of Coal. Coal can also do more than fuel cars; it can also run our power plants that supply our homes with electricity. This should be studied now, and implemented now.

The time has long passed for an alternative fuel vehicle. With several manufacturers, GM, Tesla, and Tata among them, we have electric, hydrogen, and even compressed air vehicles being developed. Why can’t we as a nation help fund research and development in order to get these vehicles in U.S. showrooms faster and better?

We’ve had several chances to develop clean, reasonably inexpensive energy for the American people in the last three decades; yet we have squandered each opportunity. Now we are paying the price for the shortsightedness of this Congress and its predecessors. The time for complaining is past; we need to get to work of powering this nation, so we as a nation do not suffer an economic or national security crisis.

We need to continue the work of this great republic, but we cannot do it by allowing our energy needs to be ignored, as they have for the past three decades. The time to act is now, before the suppliers completely control us. Of the top 15 nations supplying our crude oil, here are but a few: Saudi Arabia (1,453,000 bbl per day), Nigeria (1,115,000 bbl per day), Venezuela (1,019,000 bbl per day), Russia (106,000 bbl per day) and Libya (85,000 bbl per day). Do we want these nations to have future control over our foreign policy? Before you say that won’t happen, remember the 1973 and 1979 oil shocks were a result of foreign nations attempting to control our foreign policy.

This Congress, like so many before it, has ignored the problem for far too long; something must be done now for the future security of our republic. It is time to do something now. What are you prepared to do?

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Sound familiar? It’s the Oath of Office you took when you became the representative of the people. The Constitution is under attack from both foreign and domestic enemies now. Why can the Congress not do its job and defend the Constitution?

It is your duty as a duly elected representative of the people to represent the people. This should be kept in mind at all times.


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