This most recent move by congressional Republicans is made more urgent by language included in December’s payroll tax holiday bill that forced Obama to come to a decision on the pipeline within 60 days. That deadline is fast approaching and some republicans fear that in forcing Obama’s hand, he may veto the pipeline’s construction. Obama is caught in a political tug-of-war between his party’s two large constituencies, environmentalists who want the pipeline eliminated and labor unions who want the pipeline’s construction jobs. Hoeven and House Senate Republicans claim that the pipeline will increase oil security in the western hemisphere by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil (even though Canada is, technically, a foreign country), and will create as many as 20,000 jobs in the U.S. Environmentalists, on the other hand, believe that it will make no significant different to oil prices within the U.S. and will only create about 5,000 jobs at the expense of putting thousands of miles of ecosystem and agricultural farmland in danger.
“Fracking” is the process of injecting pressurized wastewater into bedrock and literally cracking the rocks, and then extracting the natural shale gas trapped within. Fracking has been highly politicized, and has become a regional environmental fight in the several areas in which it is being used, including Ohio. Although fracking was not supposed to cause seismic events, residents in Youngstown experienced nine quakes around a fracking injection site. In this case it was not from the fracking itself, but from the breaking up of subterranean sandstone to store the wastewater from the fracking. However, this wastewater leaked into a pre-existing fault-line, acting as a lubricant that helped the rock faces of the fault to slip, creating an earthquake.
According to the head of the U.S. oil industry, if our country were to loosen the reins on our policies, our country could become completely self-sufficient (with regards to oil consumption) within the next 15 years.
The head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerad, contacted congress to do away with any un-necessary energy policies. What is his reason for doing this? Some of these policies he is trying to eradicate would allow for more jobs and help to improve the economy. Some policies currently in place inhibit our nation’s energy supply and are a detriment to national security.
But before we make any decisions about Global Warming, let look at the facts. Facts that have been researched by scientists, not some self-proclaimed expert.
We recognized that despite years of research, the technology was still too new and unstable. We continued our use of current nuclear plants and continued research. Meanwhile, Europe built more and more and now almost of quarter of their power comes from it.
I am a firm believer in energy self sufficiency, but I am also a steward of the environment. Paving the way for nuclear power plants will improve self sufficiency because pound for pound and watt for watt, nuclear creates the most electricity.
It also creates nuclear waste that must be contained and stored. The new design incorporates technology that will decrease the chances for a accident like Chernobyl and the recent Japanese disaster, but it will not decrease the amount of nuclear waste created. No matter what you do, nuclear fission creates nuclear waste along with the tremendous energy and heat production.
A toxic school in the Bronx was allowed to put students, teachers and parents at risk for 20 years by way of a real estate loophole. The public school located at 3200 Jerome Avenue was remodeled in what used to be a lamp manufacturing company and had four 550 gasoline tanks underground. The loophole is that it was always a leased spot and therefore wasn’t required by law to disclose information that would normally be disclosed in the sale of a property. As a result, this school had trichloroethylene at 10,000 higher than safe levels endanger human occupants.
The legislators have gone back and forth about creating a plan to help alleviate the debt through cuts and cost freezes. I know many people working for the federal government that are quaking in their boots. They are afraid that some of those cuts might be their jobs.
That's a great example to set as we try to climb out of a recession. Why not reduce our dependence on foreign oil? All that money is going to the Middle East instead of the coffers of our own American companies. Believe it or not, but America has oil. In fact, we have a stockpile that will last us about 10 years, plus shale deposits and other ways for us to get oil from American soil.