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Those with the “drill, baby, drill” mentality are either ignorant to the fact that we do not need more oil or are being manipulated and used as shills by the big oil conglomerates in order to increase their unprecedented profits.
Our country has a surplus of oil. Oil demand in our country is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years. In fact, since 1908 the United States has been exporting oil to countries such as Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Prior to that, we had consumed all the gas we produced plus imported gas. We presently have more drill sites, are drilling more than ever and are producing greater quantities of oil than we have in the last 10 years.
Production is up, consumption is down and our oil surplus grows, as does our export of it. Despite these facts, drill-aholics claim we need to drill for more oil to make us less dependent on foreign oil.” More than mere nonsense, it is a lie. Unfortunately, by repeating non-stop the misleading mantra “Obama is responsible for the high cost of gas,” it has duped much of our population for votes.
All this begs the question: Why are we lamenting the need to import foreign oil upon which we are “dependent” when we have more than enough produced in our own country to satisfy our own needs?
Add to this, the disgusting fraud perpetrated on our country by the profit-motivated Wall Street traders, and financial speculators. They purposely manipulate the price of oil to keep it high. Our enemy is not overseas, but within.
The ultimate solution: Think green.
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