Now that Obama has taken office, there is a lot of talk about what he’ll do with his energy policies. One such thing that was said during his campaign (both my him and those that voted for him) is the now common phrase that “American needs to cut it’s dependency on foreign oil” and while I agree, these same people are the ones arguing that we shouldn’t drill on American land for oil we’ve found.
Just so the record is straight, I am all for reducing our dependency on not just foreign oil but oil as a whole. I think that America should be on the forefront of alternative fuel technologies and be working steadily and quickly to move our vehicles, power plants, and other things that run on fossil fuels to alternative fuel sources.
But here is what I don’t understand. the same people who say that we shouldn’t drill where we know there is oil are the same people crying for us to cut our dependency on foreign oil. Now call me crazy, but wouldn’t drilling for our own oil on our own land do exactly what these people want? In the past, when I have mentioned this people usually say “well, we should just cut our dependency on oil and that doesn’t help that at all” and while they are correct, they are trying to solve too many problems at once.
See here’s what I think most of these people don’t realize. It’s going to cost money 1) conduct research on alternate fuel technologies and then it is going 2) cost money to convert everything over too those alternative sources. Also, while these technologies are being researched, what are we going to run these cars, power plants, houses, etc on? We have to keep what’s already out there going and that means we need oil. I have a car that currently runs just fine on good ol’ fashion gasoline. I’m not going to buy a new car just because ones with new fuel types exist. My car runs fine and I don’t really want a car payment right now. So unless the government is going to give me the money to purchase a car that uses a new/alternative fuel source I’m not buying one anytime soon.
Our current need for fuel requires oil, so that need is not going away anytime soon. We can research alternative fuels and start integrating, but we have to solve one problem at a time. We either need a) cut our dependency on foreign oil (which means drilling for our own) or b) contine to depend on foreign oil while work towards using more alternative fuel sources. You can’t cut our dependency on foreign oil without finding someway to maintain the oil supply the our current way of life. Alternative fuels just aren’t quite there yet.