Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a new moratorium on deep water drilling. The Obama administration said the pause in drilling was essential in protecting the communities and the environment from the risks that deep water drilling currently poses. This is not a liberal or conservative issue, this is not a Democrat republican issue. This is a simple matter of science. The science has proven over and a again that all drilling is fundamentally hazardous, this is exponentially greater in deep water. Any one that doesn’t believe this just needs to turn on any cable news channel, mute the sound and just watch the oil flow into the gulf. But much more than saving the environment, we free ourselves from having to deal with what is truly the lowest class of people amongst us today. BP is just the latest example of this kind of character. How many lies did BP resort to before the truth became too big to contain? Was it any different that the lies spread by Exxon in the wake of their 1989 catastrophe? Then we see the environmental damage Big Oil has caused in third world countries all over the world. But none more criminal than the current disaster that is occurring right now in Nigeria. Nearly all the old pipelines leak profusely, yet without a strong Government to force these people to fix their problems and clean up their mess, they don’t, as long as more oil gets to the tanks than on the ground, it’s just business as usual. And when these native people speak out against the Oil companies, they are more often than not met with violence by the Oil Companies security forces. This is not just big oil this also includes the natural gas companies as well. My grand father always told me that a mans character is no stronger than the mans word. If the mans word is good then the man is of good character if the mans word is no good then so to the mans character. And this is an industry that has been actively poisoning us with their product, the byproduct, the chemicals and processes they employ, and lastly through their carelessness and callousness. Then they lie to cover up their shortcoming. My challenge is if this industry is so safe, why was the clean air and clean water acts such an inhibition to their daily operations? This is no more apparent than with Hydraulic Fracturing. The whole procedure is deadly to all forms of life and leaves utter devastation where ever a well is fracked. From tap water bursting in flames due to toxic natural gas contaminating natural wells, water so toxic that you can not even bath in it for fear of poisoning. And the industry claims the process is safe. But what is completely unacceptable is the Government to allow these processes to continue to affect the people and the environment the way they do. Take Cabot Oil and Gas, in several cases where they have Fracked a well and contaminated the drinking water. In every one of these cases Cabot as denied the allegations and claim the water is safe to drink. In many instances such as Dimmick Pa. Where water came out of the tape looking like watered down crude and smelling like turpentine, told towns people to their faces that it there was nothing wrong with their water. They would not drink it themselves but they will tell a mother of 3 small children her flammable chemical smelling water is safe for her little ones to drink. That takes a new kind of low. But this is the industry standard. And they are allowed to continue business as usual because they are exempt from the clean air and clean water acts. They do not even have to inform the residents near wells on publicly leased land of they practices, And when ground water gets contaminated the E.P.A. can not even investigate. And given all this unilateral freedom, the Oil and Gas Companies have once again shown that they are completely unable to police themselves. Like in anywhere else the Oil and Gas companies have operated, they will do what they want how they want and to hell with the people their process effects. Even if they complied to the clean air and clean water act tomorrow, it would be too late. The time has come for the Oil and Gas industry go the way of American manufacturing. And we do it in the same fashion. We just pull the plug and the whole thing. To fill our current oil glut we immediately take the government restrictions and additives on the Ethanol and other alternatives, to fill the need short-term needs while we swing into the electric age once and for all. Current cars can be converted to Electric, Electric/hybrids or even compressed air. The conversion to electric will also spur more jobs, as we will need to build an infrastructure for the alternative cars. And just about everything including plastic can be made with one natural renewable source, Hemp. That’s right that plague of humanity is actually our wonder fiber. And guess what every refinery in America can be converted over to produce fuel, plastic, lubricants, clothes, paper, you name it hemp can do it. What are we waiting for here. Just pull the plug, chances are there’s enough hemp growing in the US right now to fill our needs until we can build the infrastructure around it.
Its Time to Put Big Oil Down for Good