We need to drill, and drill now

Congressman Rick Larsen (D), you need a reality check to exorcise the Pelosi demons from your thought processes. Speaker Pelosi led you astray on the successful Iraq war military surge and now she is leading you astray on energy. The only reason I am taking time to try to help you is that you are a pro-Navy Democrat, and thus not beyond reason.

Your website states, “The skyrocketing cost of gas is hurting families in Northwest Washington. High fuel costs are making it more difficult for families to pay the bills, for community groups to feed the hungry and for local businesses to thrive and create jobs.”

Yes, and Democrats, especially the controlling liberal factions, and environmentalist extremism have played a very large role in creating these circumstances. By placing off limits to drilling areas where we know there is oil, you increase our dependence on costly foreign oil. Through over regulation, your party has made it ever more difficult to build new refineries. By passing huge agriculture bills full of taxpayer funded subsidies for grain farmers, you continue to drive up the cost of our food. Your party and its supporters are largely responsible for this mess.

Opening up more land and off shore sites for exploration is the answer to decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. The outer continental shelf, ANWAR, and similar places should have never been placed off limits in the first place. That was national economic foolishness in order to appease tree huggers who want us to revert to a nineteenth century way of life. We need to drill more here now! Do it responsibly and hygienically, but do it yesterday. And by the way, just because an oil company has a lease on land doesn’t mean there is oil there. Stop with the smoke and mirrors rhetoric. Congress needs to get out of the way and let the professionals decide when and where to drill.

Leave the strategic oil reserve alone. It is for real emergencies, not false ones created by extremists who purposefully decreased our oil supply by making it harder to get and refine our own crude oil. And real emergencies with nations who hate us are coming due to this Congress backstabbing our president and troops in a time of war and thus emboldening our enemies.

So you pass legislation to force higher mileage standards for cars and trucks? That does me and my neighbors no good when we can’t afford these new vehicles. Any savings at the pump are eaten up by a big car payment. Besides, these new vehicles will be more dangerous because they will have to be small and light weight to meet the new mileage standards. As a home owner, I have to haul things all the time. How is a battery-powered car going to haul around anything besides two skinny liberals? Have stuff delivered? OK, that means added cost and we are back to needing oil to power more diesel engine delivery trucks that can deliver heavy loads. Is there anything even remotely on the horizon of technology that will ever replace the internal combustion engine for hauling heavy loads? I doubt it.

The following three bullet points are from your website:

“Took action to investigate price gouging and ensure that retailers aren’t artificially inflating the cost of gas.”

What about government at all levels gouging us with ever increasing taxes on energy? What about government farm subsidies that artificially inflate the cost of food? I still can’t get over the notion that government forces me to pay taxes and then turns around and gives that money to farmers so that they will alter their actions in a way that drives up the cost of my groceries.

“Passed investments in renewable and alternative energy and reduced taxpayer subsidies for oil companies.”

What about getting rid of the stupid ethanol subsidies that are driving food prices higher? Oh that’s right, because ethanol subsidies buy the Democrats more votes from the Corn Belt farmers. So my taxes go to prop up a failed alternative energy source, making my grocery bill higher just so Democrats get more votes.

Wind and solar power are unpredictable. What will we have as backup energy on windless and cloudy days? Besides, they are a visual blight to our countryside. I thought you Democrats cared about the "pristine" environment. But no, you will throw up these ugly wind generators and solar panels everywhere in the lower 48 states before you will drill for oil in a barren, uninhabitable, desolate place such as ANWAR that is in darkness most of the year.

Why not invest in more nuclear and hydro-electric energy generation? France has been generating electrical energy with nuclear power safely for many years now. And the last I checked, the water cycle of rain and rivers is about as renewable as you can get. We need to build more nuclear reactors and hydro-electric dams for power. That will help us bring down the cost of our electric utility bills.

“Passed a Farm Bill that makes a historic investment in biofuels made from crops other than grain.”

Oh great, what other food sources are you going to subsidize with my taxes, making less of it available to eat thus driving up our grocery bill further and starving the worlds poor just so you get more votes?

How do you power ambulances, freight trains, and airplanes on carrot juice? Maybe some day alternative energy that doesn’t have to be subsidized, will not visually pollute our landscapes, and will not lessen food sources and drive up prices will be available. Until then, we need more of our own oil out of the ground and refined here and now to keep the American economic engine rolling. Let’s do it cleanly and safely, but let’s do it now. Stop wasting our time and money trying to synthesize cheap, magic pixie dust so we can all fly around like Peter Pan.

Ty Welch

Oak Harbor

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