Open public onshore and offshore lands to leasing, exploration, drilling, production,
timber harvesting and mining – under rules that control bad and negligent behavior,
ensure that jobs are done carefully and responsibly, and let private sector find
best ways to create jobs, produce energy, etc. and generate revenue.
Fracking has unlocked centuries of oil and gas – via private investment and private
technology on private lands. We cannot allow EPA and other agencies to block fracking
on public lands or impose new, needless federal regulations for state and private
lands, despite excellent state and local regulations and records.
Implement policies and support technologies that make sense: economic, environmental,
and technological. If they can’t be defended on these grounds, government and taxpayers
should not promote or fund them.
End subsidies and mandates. For 20 years, government mandates and subsidies for wind,
solar and biofuels have cost billions – but brought no net jobs, while raising electricity
costs and reducing its reliability.
Ensure level playing field for all companies and technologies. The same economic
and environmental rules should apply to all. No exemptions from pollution, NEPA,
eagle or endangered species laws.
We need conservation and renewable energy. Do you support alternative energy and
We have vast oil, gas, coal, uranium and other minerals resources – and should use
them. Not using them is like being uneducated but having library of unread books,
starving but having freezer of untouched food. It ignores blessings God gave use
to use as responsible stewards to serve humanity.
Being responsible stewards also means conserving, improving technologies, increasing
energy efficiency. Fracking and other oil production technologies safely produce
more resources from deposits and ensure energy conservation, sustained production
and sustainable development.
Other ideas: use wind, solar and biofuels if they make economic, environmental and
technological sense and don’t need big subsidies; use more natural gas for heating,
cooking, water heating (three times more efficient than using gas to generate electricity
to do these things); more natural gas for cars and buses; five days of postal deliveries
per week; real time traffic control using monitors, GPS, computers to improve green
light sequences and traffic flow during rush hour (equals less fuel, less pollution,
less wasted time).
Wind and solar power creates thousands of jobs. Why don’t you support these energy
Wind and solar projects and prices are economically unsustainable and parasitic:
they need taxpayer subsidies; fossil fuel backup power; extra land, raw materials
and transmission lines; and exemptions from environmental study and eagle, bat and
migratory bird protection laws that apply to other industries.
Billions of dollars are taken from productive sectors and taxpayers, depriving alternative
investments of needed funding – then given to politically connected companies for
projects that cannot survive without perpetual subsidies. (Companies also use this
money for campaign contributions to friendly politicians.)
Electricity from renewables costs 2-5 times more than coal or gas generation. By
2016, generating electricity with natural gas will cost $49-$79 per megawatt-hour.
Generating the same electricity from onshore wind will cost $75-$138; with offshore
wind, $243; with photovoltaic solar, $210. (EIA, EPRI)
That raises energy costs for businesses and families, hurts poor families most of
all, and kills jobs. Most manufacturing jobs have been in China. Most U.S. jobs have
been installation and maintenance.
How can you justify the enormous subsidies given to oil and gas?
Most so-called oil subsidies are same tax treatment given to all companies, to deduct
costs of doing business, manufacturing products and employing workers. I could support
ending ALL subsidies for ALL energy production. Proper method is to evaluate subsidies
per unit of energy actually produced.
Coal and gas subsidies for generating electricity = $0.44 (44 cents) per megawatt-hour.
Nuclear subsidy = $1.59 per MWH (4 times higher). Wind = $23.37 (53 times higher).
Solar = $24.34 (55 times higher).
Natural gas, coal and nuclear-based electricity is reliable. Wind and solar electricity
is unpredictable and unreliable; it is often most abundant when least needed, and
almost nonexistent when most needed.
Energy per acre results in similar figures. Wind, solar, ethanol and biodiesel require
hundreds of times more land for same energy output. (U.S. Department of Energy, Energy
Information Administration data)
Why do you oppose safe, environment-friendly wind and solar power?
Existing wind and solar technologies are neither environment-friendly nor sustainable.
Turbines and solar panels impact enormous tracts of wildlife habitat, scenic and
agricultural land. Wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of eagles, hawks, falcons,
whooping cranes, geese per year, without penalty.
Wind and solar get exemptions and special treatment under environmental permitting,
endangered species, migratory bird, eagle protection and bat protection laws. That
should no longer be permitted. All energy producers should be treated the same, and
prosecuted and fined if they violate these laws.
Turbine noise, vibration and shadow flicker adversely affect people’s sleep, health
and well-being. Monstrous turbines severely impact local property values. USA already
has 14,000 abandoned turbines.
Rare earth metals (essential for turbine magnets and solar panels) are destroying
Chinese and Mongolian wildlife and agricultural areas, poisoning the air, releasing
huge quantities of radioactive materials, and endangering workers and nearby residents
because of lax health, safety and environmental rules.
Wind and solar power is unreliable and is generally unavailable when needed most:
hot summer days and cold winter nights. Despite tens of billions in subsidies, turbines
still generate less than 3% of U.S. Electricity.
Shouldn’t we follow Britain, China, Denmark, Germany and India’s lead on wind and
U.S. families in coal-using states pay 7-10 cents per kilowatt-hour. British families
pay 14 cents; German families pay 32 cents; Danish pay 38 cents. EU prices would
devastate U.S. families, jobs, health, welfare.
UK government is expected to slash wind turbine installation, permit fracking for
natural gas – to reduce family fuel poverty, create 35,000 jobs, and save energy-intensive
industries and jobs. Britain’s North Holland province will ban building new wind
turbines by the end of the year. (Daily Telegraph)
India is building 455 coal-fired power plants (520,000 MW); China is building 350
new plants; Germany 25. Global carbon dioxide and other emissions will continue to
increase, no matter what the U.S. Does.
Most Chinese wind turbines and solar panels were sold in USA and EU. Most U.S. wind
and solar jobs were installation and maintenance, not manufacturing. Earnings for
China’s top wind turbine manufacturers plummeted by 90% in the first half of 2012,
compared to 2011; profits plunged 70%. Over half of wind power generated in Inner
Mongolia in the first half of 2012 was wasted. (Wall Street Journal)
400,000 more Americans gave up looking for jobs just in August 2012. We cannot afford
more wind and solar subsidies and pricey electricity. Smart countries are using coal
and petroleum; we should too.
Why do you oppose renewable, environment-friendly ethanol and biodiesel?
Producing 14 billion gallons of ethanol requires corn from an area as big as Missouri,
plus huge quantities of water, fertilizers, pesticides, diesel fuel and natural gas
to grow those crops and turn them into alcohol.
Devoting 40% of U.S. corn crop to ethanol production has increased corn prices from
$2.00 per bushel in 2005 to almost $9.00 this year. Corn farmers get rich – but pork,
beef, chicken and fish producers pay far more for feed, grocery manufacturers pay
more for ingredients, and family food costs soar.
We will run out of land and water for food and fuel crops long before we run out
Ethanol gets one-third less mileage per gallon than gasoline. It does not reduce
carbon dioxide emissions. It collects water, which can cause engine stalls, and corrodes
plastic, rubber and soft metal parts. E15 (15% ethanol) gasoline could damage lawnmowers,
chainsaws and other outdoor power equipment.
Biodiesel and other biofuels are equally expensive and also require huge amounts
of land and water.
The 2010 BP oil spill devastated Gulf of Mexico ecology. How can you defend offshore
If drilling rig’s most experienced people had been at their posts (they were not)
when pressure began rising in well bore, Deepwater Horizon accident, deaths and oil
spill probably would not have happened.
Once spill occurred, EPA and Interior Dept made impacts far worse, by preventing
crews from using skimmers (because 1% of oil cleaned up would go back into ocean,
or because skimmers were foreign registered) or installing booms. Obama and agencies
used crisis to justify shutting down leasing, drilling.
Obama offshore leasing and drilling moratorium after spill cost 10,000 jobs and billions
in government royalty and tax revenues. But he gave $2 billion to Brazil for its
offshore drilling program.
Natural bacteria have eaten 200,000 tons of spilled oil since 2010, leaving Gulf
environment much cleaner. (University of Rochester and Environmental Science & Technology
We have vast oil supplies, and industry has greatly improved technologies and practices
since spill. We need to issue leases and permits, to ensure that safe oil and gas
production under reasonable regulations.
Coal-based electricity generation causes serious health problems. How can you support
Six most dangerous air pollutants declined 63% on average between 1970 and 2010 –
even as coal-based electricity generation increased 180% … miles traveled soared
170% … and U.S. population increased by 110 million. (EPA data) Pollution will continue
to decline under pre-Obama regulations and technologies.
Obama promised to bankrupt coal companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, fundamentally
transform U.S. energy system and economy. EPA is doing this – regardless of harm
to jobs, families and economy.
EPA claims of health risks are exaggerated, imaginary, even falsified. Its new soot
standard permits one ounce of super-fine dust to be dispersed in air one-half mile
long, one-half mile wide and one story tall! It used human subjects in laboratory
tests, exposing them to what EPA claims are dangerous levels of fine soot – then
buried test results when human guinea pigs were not harmed as agency said they would
New EPA mercury rule is based on computer-generated risks to hypothetical American
women who eat 300 pounds of fish per year that they catch themselves; desire to keep
IQ test scores from falling 0.002 points; irrelevant studies of Faroe Islands children
who eat whale blubber contaminated by mercury and PCBs; and ignoring real sources
of mercury: volcanoes, deep sea vents, forest fires, other countries’ emissions.
EPA rules endanger health and welfare. They kill jobs, increasing risks of depression,
alcohol and child abuse, cardiovascular disease, suicide. They raise cost of electricity,
heating, air conditioning, commuting, healthcare, food – and reduce health, welfare,
living standards, civil rights progress and environmental justice. Since 200, energy
costs for poorest families have shot from 10% to 25% of their annual income.
EPA says each life supposedly saved is worth $9 million. But it has imposed new 54.5
mpg automobile standards that will make cars smaller, more lightweight and less safe
– causing thousands of additional injuries, disabilities and deaths every year, resulting
in $10-30 billion in real human losses per year.
Fracking threatens air and water quality. How can you support it?
Most fracking occurs 10,000 feet or more below surface, far below water aquifers
and wells (most are less than 500 feet). There have been very few problems in 60
years of fracking and most were due to improper cementing of well casing pipes. State
regulations work and continue to improve. (Wall Street Journal)
Fracking fluids are 99% water and clay, plus mostly organic chemicals used in kitchens
and food. Water is increasingly recycled. Supposed earthquakes are barely detectable
Fracking can give us vast new supplies of oil and gas – centuries’ worth. Natural
gas is needed to back up wind turbines and replace coal that EPA is shutting down
over exaggerated health concerns. We need U.S. oil to replace imports from dangerous
and unfriendly countries, and reduce risk of tanker spills.
Radical environmentalists hate fracking because it produces fossil fuels, demolishes
their claim that we are running out of oil and gas, and makes expensive wind, solar
and biofuel energy even harder to justify.
Fracking has reduced U.S. natural gas prices from $8 to $3 per thousand cubic feet
(million Btu). That’s good for electricity generation, factories, petrochemicals,
jobs and families. It conserves energy by increasing oil and gas production from
old and new wells and fields, leaving less behind in the ground.
By 2020, shale gas is expected to create 3.6 million U.S. jobs (directly and indirectly,
due to lower costs for energy and chemical feed stocks). It will substantially reduce
carbon dioxide emissions.
We only have 3% of the world’s oil reserves. We need wind, solar and biofuels to
bridge the gap.
“Reserves” mean oil that drilling has confirmed actually exists and can be produced
under current prices and technologies. Before fracking and new discoveries, U.S.
had only 3% of world reserves. However, enormous U.S. prospects are off limits to
leasing, exploration and drilling, especially under Obama.
That means 170 billion barrels of oil (plus huge amounts of natural gas) in the OCS,
Rockies, Great Lakes, Southwest, ANWR and other areas are locked up and can never
In fact, U.S. reserves will decrease, as we deplete existing reserves and aren’t
allowed to replace them.
Energy deposits cannot be developed overnight. However, 40 years is not overnight.
But that’s how long America has kept Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Outer Continental
Shelf, and western states’ oil and gas off limits to leasing and drilling. If we
had started ten or twenty years ago, oil would be flowing now.
Locking up U.S. oil, gas and coal means we must send more money to Saudi Arabia and
other repressive dictatorships, make our foreign policies and national interests
subservient to Islamist politics, and reduce job creation, revenue generation, and
economic, personal and national security for all Americans.
Wind, solar and biofuels require huge subsidies and almost as much energy to produce
or back up with fossil fuels as they generate. They don’t really add to U.S. energy
supplies – and require huge amounts of land, raw materials, water, pesticides, fertilizer,
hydrocarbon fuels and taxpayer money to produce.
U.S. oil production is increasing, thanks to production from unconventional deposits,
mostly on state and private lands. Our ability to explore areas onshore and offshore
has improved exponentially. Developing more of America’s energy resources would generate
hundreds of thousands of jobs – and trillions of dollars in lease bonuses, production
royalties, employee income, and corporate, personal and other taxes.
Why do you support the Keystone XL Pipeline, when it carries dirty oil that causes
Keystone would deliver 800,000 barrels of oil a day from friendly, stable Canada
and North Dakota to refineries in Texas. Building it would create 20,000 U.S. manufacturing
and construction jobs – plus thousands of jobs in refining, manufacturing and petrochemical
industries that would use that oil.
Not building Keystone would mean this oil will be shipped to communist China and
be burned there, under far less responsible environmental rules and technologies.
Amid worsening troubles in Egypt, Libya, Syria and worldwide Muslim world, not building
it would also mean spending more U.S. dollars to buy oil from unfriendly, repressive,
anti-women, and terrorist sponsoring and perpetrating countries.
Keystone oil sands oil is far less “dirty” – and far less “unethical” – than oil
from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Russia, Sudan or Venezuela. Environmental practices,
workplace safety and human rights are far better in Canada than in these alternative
oil supply countries. Oil extraction techniques, water use, land restoration, and
air and water emissions are far better today for oil sands than just a few years
Keystone provides real energy, jobs and revenues; “green” energy remains mostly fantasy
Catastrophic manmade climate change remains an unproven, controversial theory – and
burning oil sands fuels in China (under environmental rules and technologies that
result in far more pollution) will emit much more carbon dioxide than would burning
them in America.
Hydrocarbons are energy of the past. Shouldn’t renewable energy be our future?
Hydrocarbons are hardly the energy of the past. They are the energy of the present
and future, for many decades at least – or until creative people develop new energy
sources that can actually replace them.
Thanks to new seismic, drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production methods – that
can function in the coldest, deepest, most inhospitable places on Earth – we still
have many decades of petroleum and centuries of coal. That’s why countries all over
the world are embracing these proven, economical sources.
Oil, gas and coal provide real energy, real jobs, real revenues … from relatively
small areas of land. Under proper safeguards, as required in the USA and Canada,
they protect human health and the environment.
U.S. oil and gas companies created 37,000 direct jobs and 111,000 indirect jobs in
2011 – nearly one of ten jobs created nationwide. (World Economic Forum) 530,000
more jobs could be created if American companies could explore and drill for oil
and gas in areas currently off limits. That would generate $150 billion in increased
government taxes and fees by 2025, and expand domestic production by 4 million barrels
of oil equivalent a day, slashing our dependence on oil from despotic regimes. (Wood
Utilities will add some 10,000 megawatts of new coal plants in seven central European
countries in the next four years and many times that amount in China, India, Indonesia,
South Africa and elsewhere. (Bloomberg)
This will bring greater prosperity, better living standards and health, and greater
justice and civil rights progress to millions of Americans and Europeans, and billions
of poor people all over the world.
Wind, solar and biofuels are actually our least sustainable option. They require
billions in subsidies, kill jobs, and provide costly and unreliable energy, using
large quantities of fossil fuels and raw materials, and impacting large tracts of
land for wind turbines, solar arrays, biofuel crops, raw materials mining, backup
power generation, and long electricity transmission lines from power generation sites
Won’t your energy and environmental policies hurt poor and minority families?
They will actually help those families improve their living standards and health,
and achieve their dreams.
America has many decades of oil and gas, and centuries of coal – if government would
allow us to find, tap and use these resources. Arguments against doing this employ
fallacious claims that wind, solar and biofuel power can replace hydrocarbon and
nuclear power, and false assertions that fuels which provide 93% of U.S. energy needs
are somehow dangerous, environmentally harmful and risky for our climate.
We don’t need and cannot afford zero pollution, or to shut down our best energy options.
Real health, welfare and environmental justice come from abundant, reliable, affordable
energy. For elderly, poor, minority and middle class families, money spent on soaring
transportation, heating, and air conditioning costs is unavailable for food, healthcare,
shelter, home and car repairs, and other necessities.
23 million Americans are still unemployed, working part-time (often at several jobs
at low wages) or have stopped looking for work; 47 million are on food stamps. Americans
are paying $4 per gallon for gasoline and electricity bills that continue to climb
for families and businesses. Most want to work, but cannot.
“Green” jobs are created by taking money from other companies and giving it to crony
capitalists, campaign contributors, and bankrupt schemes like Solyndra and Fisker.
That has to stop.
EPA’s war on coal is closing mines and power plants, while our government is giving
billions of dollars to Brazil for offshore oil development and hundreds of thousands
to China to help fix its mining problems. Because of oppressive and inflexible EPA
rules, thousands of miners and utility workers have lost their jobs in Ohio, Virginia,
West Virginia and other communities where few employment alternatives exist.
Many more EPA rules have been postponed until after elections. Most will bring minimal,
if any, health and environmental benefits. But they will have devastating impacts
on jobs, our economy and the poor.
Why do you support drilling all over America, in our parks and other protected areas?
No one advocates that. However, 97% of our federal or public lands are not parks
and protected areas. Yet that’s how much of our oil and gas is off limits to leasing,
exploration, drilling and production. (Energy Information Administration, Institute
for Energy Research)
These resources could generate trillions of dollars in lease bonuses, royalties,
employee income and taxes, and could help us reduce imports from unfriendly nations.
But bureaucrats, environmental pressure groups, judges and politicians will not let
us develop and use them.
ANWR is the size of South Carolina. Drilling and production operations would impact
only 2,000 acres (1/20th of Washington, DC) of its frozen coastal plain, to produce
15 billion gallons of oil annually. Yet it is still off limits.
This energy belongs to all Americans. It’s not the private property of environmental
pressure groups, or of politicians who cater to them in exchange for re-election
contributions and support.
Why do you support our continued addiction to oil and fossil fuels?
An addiction is something that is habit-forming and harmful. That is not the case
with oil, gas and coal.
These energy sources have fueled incredible improvements in human living standards,
health, welfare, environmental quality, longevity and prosperity – at rates and extents
unprecedented in world history.
They power our transportation, electricity generation, manufacturing, communication
and homes. They provide feed stocks for petrochemicals that improve, safeguard and
enrich our lives. They create jobs and generate revenue for countless business, investment,
charitable and government programs.
Thanks to modern technologies, sensible regulations and responsible development practices,
we use these hydrocarbon energy sources with fewer harmful impacts on health and
environmental quality every year.
This dependable, affordable energy helps us get to work, school, church and vacation;
transport food and clothing and get people to hospitals; produce paints, plastics,
fabrics, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; give us more leisure time, better health
and living standards; and ensure longer, safer, more fulfilling lives.
At this time, we have no viable, reliable or affordable alternatives that can replace
hydrocarbons – except to some extent nuclear and hydroelectric power, which radical
environmentalists also detest.
We have to be careful in producing and using these energy resources, to prevent accidents
and pollution that harm the environment and injure people. But it would be immoral
and unethical not to use them.