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U.S. President Barack Obama today outlined a plan to reduce imports of foreign oil, ramp up domestic oil production, invest in renewable energy, and create a national energy standard.
U.S. President Barack Obama has refocused his administration’s efforts on achieving energy independence and made increasing low-carbon energy sources a top political priority.
The White House is soliciting opinions on a national energy standard. To accomplish this, the administration is eying the creation of regional energy mixes in lieu of a one-size fits all style approach, according to reports.
Some elements of the strategy would include:
- Discovering and producing cleaner, renewable sources of energy.
- Making vehicles more efficient.
- Increasing domestic oil production.
- Reducing oil imports by one third within a decade.
- More nuclear energy - keeping in safety in mind.
Pundits are observing that the President could be making support for clean energy development part of his platform for reelection.
"We cannot keep going from shock to trance on the issue of energy security, rushing to propose action when gas prices rise, then hitting the snooze button when they fall again," Obama said today.
In January, Obama pronounced that the United States was facing a “Sputnik moment” -- in green technology -- during his State of the Union address. China and Europe are gaining a foothold in the market, he stated.
Obama has neglected to mention climate change on several occasion - perhaps out of political posturing. Last month, several studies showed a link between human activity and extreme weather events.
Meanwhile, the political winds may not be at the administration’s back - despite the President’s call to action and appeals to national pride.
Senate Democrats have indicated that they would be willing to trade the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases for a budget compromise with Republicans. Republicans are seeking to prevent the EPA from implementing rules that were initiated by a Supreme Court ruling.
The Republican leadership is hardened against investing in future technologies, and is focused solely on the here and now – gas prices.
“The guy who's trying to make ends meet wants to know what you're going to do for him today, not 24 years from now," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell told the Associated Press.
Mar 30, 2011
philwhite42, Just before the BP spill happened the Obama administration was getting ready to offer new oil leases off the Atlantic Coast. Part of the stimulus bill included helping renewable energy projects. I wouldn't exactly call that being unfriendly to power production. Did Obama really use the word "skyrocket"? I find that surprising. Nevertheless I don't have a problem with fossil fuel power production becoming more expensive. If it really reflected the true long term cost to us it would cost as least twice as much as it does now. My 1180 sq. ft. home was built in 1994 and has 6 inch studs and insulation in the exterior walls and 24 inches of insulation in the attic. I use compact florescent bulbs in my most used lights and replace the incandescents in other fixtures with CFL's as they burn out. I pay extra to buy renewable power from my electricity provider. I minimize my driving as much as possible. My next vehicle will either be a plug in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle but I'm holding off a couple of years to let the market mature a bit more. I pay attention to the environmental impact of the things I buy. I'm considering adding solar panels to my house when I can afford it. I'm far from perfect but I keep trying to improve.
riverat1, you should check your facts. The oil that is being produced now has nothing to do with the big O. Producers have said this oil now in production is due to contracts made 5 or 6 years ago. You don't just get a contract and start producing tomorrow. Think about it. The first thing Barry did was reverse Bush's opening up of offshore drilling. He is no friend to power production in this country. Here is a quote from candidate Obama: ?Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I?m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it ? whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.? Barack Obama PS: I do my part. I have solar hot water, a wood boiler, and a motorcycle. My house is well insulated, the roof is reflective, and my lights are mercury laced fluorescents. What do you do?
President Carter's positions were offensive to the military-industrial complex - reduce oil consumption?!! morality in our foreign policy?!! the nerve of the guy!!! - so he was sabotaged at every turn, made to look weak, and run out of office. No President since has seriously tried to reduce oil consumption.
The seriousness of the lives of the people need to begin to rationalize are needs,instead of looking at ways to brighten the problem.Im no sciencetist however Im a little over stupid and can count my fingers and toe #good ) number 20.They want energy,money ,power are country is beyond this.We left that behind remember look in history here to start new. What needs to be done is fresh start take a step back look into the past parts of achievements and devotion look for insights l believe in .We all been given this power its friendships and love for each other this power is stronger than any bond,Its brighter than any mind could hold the answer too,but its there and the time is the present.Its not tommorro its not ten years from now the answer lies in the independance are people have sufferd for all these years .Its the pain every mother has faced and every worrie a child may have felt.Look back in your mind think of all the work that was done without power, cars ,airplanes,or war for that matter.Look at what ? Everything around you feel its mass ,see its reflection when you do what does that show you!
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pauc1, talk about non compos mentis. You should do some research before you start spouting off. A couple of facts: Domestic oil production has increased under the Obama administration. There are not enough oil reserves in the US to affect the worldwide price of petroleum regardless of how fast we drill for it. Yes, new deep water drilling was stopped for a while after the BP spill but they started accepting new permit applications again in October. But don't let a few facts get in the way of your vilifying of Obama.
Obviously this man is non compos mantis. He shut down drilling in the Gulf, Anwar, and kept is shut down off Florida and California. All of those are known oil reserves. And he denies that his administration is the roadblock! Drilling for oil has a compound benefit---many jobs and it will bring down the price of oil. Both help our economy. Is destruction of the USA deliberate or stupidity?
Paying the true cost of petroleum use would put the per gallon cost of gasoline into the $8-$12 range. That includes among other things the cost of health care required by the pollutants produced by burning it and the cost of maintaining a large military to preserve our access to petroleum sources around the world. What was the value of the resources degraded or destroyed by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
how about make oil the true cost of oil....which is much, much, much higher when taking into account subsidies, tax breaks and protection/wars defending those sources. It also takes much (I believe approximately10x, but need to fact check that) more energy to produce oil than it did 20, 30 years ago due to the new methods/extremes oil companies must go to in order to find these new reserves. Tar sands, deep sea drilling take a ton of energy to produce.
I like this one. The seventh principle is that prices should generally reflect the true replacement costs of energy. We are only cheating ourselves if we make energy artificially cheap and use more than we can really afford. Pull all the subsidies. Including the new ones on wind and solar. Let the chips fall where they may.
Obama needs to drive up oil and gas prices to make other forms of energy competitive. While a candidate he said driving up the prices of oil, natural gas and coal were needed to make solar and wind viable. He intended to do it with taxes, but any method meets his goals.
Obama backer, George Soros, is a major Petrobas investor. How could he say no to him. I believe 1 deep water permit has been approved. The courts have ruled that the administration get back to approving permits, which they basically ignored. In the meantime gulf companies that serve the industry are going out of business. More oil is produced because of permitting 6 or 7 years back according to industry experts. Obama needs to drive up oil and gas prices to make other forms of energy competitive.
bb, #5 Domestic oil production has increased under the Obama administration but the US doesn't have enough reserves to affect the worldwide price of petroleum regardless of how much we "drill baby drill". Deep water drilling in the GOM was temporarily halted but I think it's been opened up again. Right now oil companies are only drilling on about 20% of the leases they currently have. Maybe they should develop the places they already have before worrying about new leases.
Too bad Carter's speech did not produce more results. That DoE started the Strategic Oil Reserves was something I did not know. The 10 principles are still appropriate, except #6 with $13 /barrel. The current reality is that it costs more to drill and produce oil. Oil is not a sustainable industry.
The department charter has never been to develop energy sources to the exclusion of oil. Check out priciples 9 and 10.
If you look at Carters original speech that launched the DoE you will find many things in common with Obamas speech. The only item I can find on here that actually happened was the creation of a strategic oil reserve. Principles from as taken directly from the speech: The first principle is that we can have an effective and comprehensive energy policy only if the government takes responsibility for it and if the people understand the seriousness of the challenge and are willing to make sacrifices. The second principle is that healthy economic growth must continue. Only by saving energy can we maintain our standard of living and keep our people at work. An effective conservation program will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The third principle is that we must protect the environment. Our energy problems have the same cause as our environmental problems -- wasteful use of resources. Conservation helps us solve both at once. The fourth principle is that we must reduce our vulnerability to potentially devastating embargoes. We can protect ourselves from uncertain supplies by reducing our demand for oil, making the most of our abundant resources such as coal, and developing a strategic petroleum reserve. The fifth principle is that we must be fair. Our solutions must ask equal sacrifices from every region, every class of people, every interest group. Industry will have to do its part to conserve, just as the consumers will. The energy producers deserve fair treatment, but we will not let the oil companies profiteer. The sixth principle, and the cornerstone of our policy, is to reduce the demand through conservation. Our emphasis on conservation is a clear difference between this plan and others which merely encouraged crash production efforts. Conservation is the quickest, cheapest, most practical source of energy. Conservation is the only way we can buy a barrel of oil for a few dollars. It costs about $13 to waste it. The seventh principle is that prices should generally reflect the true replacement costs of energy. We are only cheating ourselves if we make energy artificially cheap and use more than we can really afford. The eighth principle is that government policies must be predictable and certain. Both consumers and producers need policies they can count on so they can plan ahead. This is one reason I am working with the Congress to create a new Department of Energy, to replace more than 50 different agencies that now have some control over energy. The ninth principle is that we must conserve the fuels that are scarcest and make the most of those that are more plentiful. We can't continue to use oil and gas for 75 percent of our consumption when they make up seven percent of our domestic reserves. We need to shift to plentiful coal while taking care to protect the environment, and to apply stricter safety standards to nuclear energy. The tenth principle is that we must start now to develop the new, unconventional sources of energy we will rely on in the next century.
Increasing domestic oil production. Reducing oil imports by one third within a decade. This from a president who halted drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and then told Petrobas in Brazil that they should drill for more oil offshore and that the US will be Brazil's "best [oil] customer". Mr. Obama, how does encouraging Brazil to drill more oil, and then buying more Brazilian oil help "reduce oil imports by one third." Now, then, let's see... By 2035, I want... -A brand new Tesla for me and a brand new Bently for my wife. -10 million dollars. -A new mansion Make it so, Number One.
?We cannot keep going from shock to trance on the issue of energy security, rushing to propose action when gas prices rise, then hitting the snooze button when they fall again,? Obama said today. This is a true statement; but words without action are just words. As HatesIdiots said, this was said many times and nothing got done. It is one thing to make a goal but it takes a lot of effort to sell the idea and then find the money to make it happen. While there are many alternate resources that can be used for energy independance, the oil and gas industry is able to provide energy at a low enough cost that the alternatives are not as cost effective at present time. Conservation and improvement in efficiency will help, but not enough to support current energy use.
Republicans have held the presidency for 20 years - more than half - of the existence of DOE, including 12 years by a family with direct ties to the oil industry. The department charter has never been to develop energy sources to the exclusion of oil.
So, in other words, US Energy Policy remains reliance on Wishes, Dreams, and Unicorn Turds. Problem is, Unicorn Turds emit CO2!
The Department of Energy was founded in 1977 with these exact goals. 35 years and hundreds of billions of dollars later it has accomplished none of those goals. All I hear is more hot air from a windbag politician.