Monday, April 16, 2012
Every US president for the last several decades talks about US energy independence. This goal is achievable with some drilling and the Keystone pipeline. It is time to free North America from the tyranny of opec oil. bo is either incapable or unwilling to do what is necessary. The US needs the GOP to do whats right for the United States and North America. Republican James Lankford represents Oklahoma's fifth district and is a member of the following committees: Budget; Oversight & Government Reform; and Transportation & Infrastructure. He understands Keystone Pipeline Will Move Oil Safely, Bring U.S. Closer to Energy Independence by Rep. James Lankford04/16/2012 A couple of weeks ago, President Obama stood among stacks of green oil pipe in Cushing, Oklahoma—the pipeline crossroads of America—for an 11-minute photo op where he claimed credit for a thriving domestic energy industry. Six hours later, the president spoke in Ohio and blasted oil and gas as “the energy of the past” and claimed we “can’t simply drill our way out of the problem.” It may be politically beneficial to praise oil and gas while in Oklahoma and then attack it in Ohio, but it doesn’t help our nation become energy independent. The president repeatedly states that America “only has two percent of the world’s known oil reserves.” It is a carefully worded phrase to give the impression that we are incapable of meeting our own energy needs. Actually, the United States is the third-largest producer of oil in the world. During the fourth quarter of 2011, America produced 58 percent of all the oil we consumed and we imported an additional 21 percent of oil from Canada and Mexico; which means 79 percent of our oil consumption at the end of 2011 came from North America. If we increase our drilling and international pipeline capacity by only 21 percent, we can finally be free of Middle Eastern and Venezuelan oil. When we can produce our own oil in North America, we are no longer at the mercy of price speculation based on a potential war in the Middle East.