PART II: Obama Versus McCain on Natural Resources & Fossil Fuels. Dems, Reps And We All Are Misguided

This is a continuing series on the Primary Issues of the Presidential Election 2008. | Read Round One: McCain Versus Obama on the issue of Health care. | Round Two: Their take on the Iraq War. | Round Three: Obama Versus McCain on Free Trade. | Part One of Round Four on Natural Resources and Fossil Fuels, here. | In Part Two, we think the Democrats, Republicans And We All Are Misguided. | Part Three: McCain’s Position. Hypocrites Need Not Apply!! | Part Four: Obama Will Save The World, But the US will Go Broke in the Process | Round five: Is the US the Melting Pot or the Stagnation Pot? The candidate’s position on Immigration | Round Six: On the Issue of Abortion | Round Seven: McCain Versus Obama on Social Security: Obama Needs a Fundraiser, McCain Missing in Action | Part one of Round Eight: McCain Versus Obama on National Security, Obama’s Position | Part two of Round Eight: McCain Versus Obama on National Security, McCain’s Position

We have an incredible dichotomy. We want clean air, to reduce green-house gases, to preserve our natural wildlife, and yet we use 24 percent of the world’s oil!! How can we, as a nation that believes in such ideals, still use 24 percent of the world’s oil? Fact is, we prove in practice, we don’t truly have these ideals, but we do have a NIMBY attitude.

We pass off the responsibility of tapping the resources to others and import it when we ourselves possess massive energy resources. And we don’t just hand off our responsibilities to Arab nations. In our first article of this series, we asked our readers which nation we import most of our oil from. Here is the answer, are you ready?

The nation exporting the most oil to the United States is Canada. We have vast reserves of natural resources in the United States while the nation immediately to our North is exporting oil to us as fast as they can tap it. We are honestly standing up and saying we will not drill on our land and use our resources, while our next door neighbor to our North provides most of our needs? Could we be any more hypocritical?

And take a look at number 3 folks. Do you honestly think that the two nations closest to us geographically are so vast in natural resources relative to us that we should import their resources at incredible expense while our trade deficit explodes?

We borrow the following chart from the US Energy Information Administration.

Crude Oil Imports (Top 15 Countries)
(Thousand Barrels per Day)

Country

Jun-08

May-08

YTD 2008

Jun-07

YTD 2007


CANADA

1,883

1,840

1,888

1,905

1,881

SAUDI ARABIA

1,479

1,579

1,523

1,501

1,407

MEXICO

1,124

1,116

1,193

1,392

1,454

VENEZUELA

1,085

1,030

1,012

1,135

1,109

NIGERIA

946

851

1,036

893

1,022

IRAQ

693

583

674

573

476

ANGOLA

636

464

496

502

568

BRAZIL

280

318

221

121

158

ALGERIA

269

440

319

504

494

RUSSIA

228

119

109

29

135

KUWAIT

179

263

219

263

193

ECUADOR

178

162

192

166

195

COLOMBIA

177

245

182

143

108

CHAD

107

57

101

80

69

LIBYA

89

96

76

144

66

Total Imports of Petroleum (Top 15 Countries)
(Thousand Barrels per Day)

Country

Jun-08

May-08

YTD 2008

Jun-07

YTD 2007


CANADA

2,359

2,346

2,472

2,410

2,470

SAUDI ARABIA

1,493

1,604

1,538

1,534

1,434

MEXICO

1,254

1,218

1,304

1,529

1,590

VENEZUELA

1,215

1,171

1,172

1,364

1,356

NIGERIA

1,020

918

1,092

968

1,080

RUSSIA

764

441

474

285

400

IRAQ

693

583

674

573

476

ANGOLA

649

476

506

514

580

ALGERIA

492

620

535

709

718

VIRGIN ISLANDS

314

340

336

218

319

BRAZIL

314

335

246

161

205

UNITED KINGDOM

286

237

223

345

310

NETHERLANDS

264

192

167

171

126

ECUADOR

184

162

200

168

199

KUWAIT

183

263

222

263

200

This map of the world which clearly demonstrates the highest use of oil per capita is educational. However, we believe it is a bit misleading. Warmer climates use less oil and more developed nations also use more. Still, it is very clear who the largest consumers are. We constantly hear about the increase in demand among developing nations, but we still dwarf their usage and we still import most of it. Interestingly, some of the major exporters, like Saudi Arabia, have very little use for the oil they export. Think about that for a minute. What else do they have to offer, and yet we are at war in Iraq, in part to protect our interests in the Persian Gulf?

Recently, our demand for fuel dropped off. When it did, our dollar strengthened, demonstrating a strong correlation between our trade deficit and the value of our currency. (see our article on Trade). It seems that most articles we have read on the matter have the cause and effect totally backwards. They are claiming oil prices dropped in response to a stronger dollar. Wrong!!! The weakened economy collapsed our demand for oil. That, in turn, reduced our trade deficit, which strengthens the dollar.

When you were in Junior High School, you likely read this book. It started with the famous quote “Call me Ishmael”. Does it ring a bell? The name of the book was “Moby Dick”. It was written about the hunt for an evil white whale by Captain Ahab and originated out the biggest whaling port in the world, New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford, at the time,  was known throughout the world.

New Bedford still has a lone whaler on the hunt, holding a harpoon in his whaling boat, as a landmark in front of their public library, but worldwide the city is now an unknown spec. They do have the largest whaling museum in the country, and we think you should visit this museum to gain a better understanding of our history with respect to energy use. Why? Because the hunt for whales was based on our dependency on energy, specifically whale oil for lighting. We knew nothing about fossil fuels. We depended on whales for our energy. “Uncle Jed” would be rich had he owned a whaling ship. We murdered whales at will, a beautiful and intelligent animal, to provide for our nation’s energy needs.

We nearly caused the extinction of whales in the process, but thankfully, we discovered an alternative… fossil fuels. Our basic energy needs now are met almost entirely, directly or indirectly, by fossil fuels.

Initially, the US was able to meet its own demands for fossil fuels. Eventually, we could no longer satiate our own appetite, and in the mid 1900s, we started to import our resources in excess of what we consumed. A famous personality, M. King Hubbert, defined the concept of “peak oil” saying we would eventually run out of oil, and by a specific date, the cost would start to escalate. This theory has been brought to the forefront again and again, and is used at every spike in oil trading prices, because those on the long side want to make money. It has little to do with reality. There are enough fossil fuels in one form or another to last us hundreds more years and many are cost effective, but domestically, we are a NAMBY PAMBY NIMBY population.

The Environment and Us

We (US citizens) seem to care about our environment. We care about the warming climate, pollution, the decline of the rain forests and the transition away from the use of fossil fuels. Other nations think about money or survival. They are willing to sacrifice the world’s rain forests for their own benefit. They are willing to provide us oil and other fossil fuels at any cost to make a profit or eat. They do not care about their natural resources or the world’s. These other nations have major problems that lead to disaster with respect to natural resources world wide, and, in the same way we nearly killed off all whales in pursuit of our energy needs, they will kill off and destroy all their natural resources and even each other to provide our market, regardless of what it does to the world’s environment.

Every gallon of oil, every farm product, and in fact, every natural resource, we choose to import, when we already have access to those resources in large quantities within our own borders, is a cop out. It is not saying we are protecting our environment or our desire to preserve our jobs. It says we are not willing to accept responsibility for our own actions. We want to blame others while we drive our cars to work, heat our homes and consume natural resources at a higher rate per capita than any other nation in the world. We are not willing to accept the damage it causes within the US, but we are willing to encourage it outside our borders, no matter what the consequences, so we can blame others.  This becomes even more evident when you realize we import such a vast amount of petroleum from Canada, but we want to protect Alaska.  Does the US population have any concept of geography?

People throughout the US try to understand why we are hated throughout the world in the way we are. We have a theory. It is because we value ourselves above them. It is because we think our lives, our way of living and our children are worth more than theirs. We think that if we purchase oil from another nation, we preserve our environment within US borders. By tapping others resources, we pollute their environment, but we keep ours clean. Somehow, we believe, in an isolationist fashion, that if we do not tap our resources within our borders, it is OK, because someone else will suffer the consequences.  We will not have to experience the results, “out of sight, out of mind”.

The deluded idea is we are acceptable in our minds, because those nations will make the hard decisions, and without any percentage of the consideration we have for our environment, tap and export their resources. Is it worth it to us to preserve a blind fish in a cave, while other nations destroy thousands or millions of species to feed us the same amount of oil? They don’t care, we do. And because we care too much, we are misguided.

Read Part III: McCain’s Position. Hypocrites Need Not Apply!!

CNN’s One Sided Diatribe…”McCain Campaign ‘sleaziest’ in modern history” Obama a Cry Baby!

We have watched the web become a slingshot for the liberal press to fling articles at us bashing the Republicans and anything non-liberal.  Honestly, we expect the web, with outlets like the HuffingtonPuffingtonPost to be completely biased against McCain and anything non-liberal, but CNN has gone overboard with their liberal tactics. They have totally reversed the facts in this article

If McCain or his camp stood up and said these same things after being bashed repeatedly by the Obama camp and the liberal press, CNN would have used a title like, “McCain Can’t Take It”, or “Palin’s Crying Smears Her Lipstick”.  The writers at CNN act like a bunch of children.

They are using a quote from an Obama advisor to state that McCain is dirty in his attacks on Obama?  Fact is,from what we are reading, it is just the opposite.  Throughout our newspapers and all over the web all we see are attacks on McCain and Palin.  We haven’t even decided on who to vote for for president yet, but when we post any article on our website that favors McCain in any way over Obama, even if Obama’s position is a joke, we receive a string of hate mail and insults.  When we criticize McCain, we hear nothing at all.  They (the McCain camp), apparently, can take the criticism and move on while the liberals are apparently a slew of cry babies.

From what we can gather, the liberals believe a criticism of Obama is an attack, but a criticism of McCain is informational.  The comments in the CNN article are bitter and childish and they aren’t being made by McCain or his camp!  They are quotes from Obama and his.  In fact, we can’t find one quote in the article that is a specific McCain attack against Obama, but we see quote after quote of insulting attacks from Obama.

Obama needs to be less of a cry baby and more of a man if he wants to get elected President.   CNN and the other liberal outlets should try it.  A bit of non-biased writing might help their image.

Let us know if McCain calls Obama on being a Muslim and we will believe Obama is more than a cry baby campaigner.  In the meantime, Obama said he was a Muslim all by his lonesome.  He didn’t need McCain’s help.

Obama Admits he is MUSLIM!! Refers to “His Muslim Faith” Watch It Here…

In a supposed slip of astronomical proportions, Obama admits he is a Muslim. Now, liberals will say it was just a slip, but think for a minute. Had any politician running for the Presidency ever, even accidentally, referred to him or herself as a Muslim, would the American public vote for that person after 9/11? And if any conservative or Republican had slipped to this extreme, would the liberals EVER let up on that fact?

It is akin to Governor Palin saying she endorsed the abortion of her daughter’s child. Worse, it is like slipping and saying she participated in the abortion. It is the same as President Bush saying out loud Iraq was a mistake or a reticent Cheney saying the war was all for oil and that he received kickbacks from Halliburton. No, it is even vastly worse than that!!

In a candid interview, Obama referred to “his Muslim Faith” and had to be corrected, by no less than a white Christian!! He said he finds it offensive others refer to him as Muslim and then he himself said he is of the Muslim faith!!

We believe God made Obama slip, because Allah ain’t that great after all.

Here is the transcript of the interview:

STEPHANOPOULOS: You mention your Christian faith. Yesterday you took off after the Republicans for suggesting you have Muslim connections.

Just a few minutes ago, Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager, said they’ve never done that. This is a false and cynical attempt to play victim.

OBAMA: You know what? I mean, these guys love to throw a rock and hide their hand. The…

STEPHANOPOULOS: The McCain campaign has never suggested you have Muslim connections.

OBAMA: No, no, no. But the — I don’t think that when you look at what is being promulgated on Fox News, let’s say, and Republican commentators who are closely allied to these folks…

STEPHANOPOULOS: But John McCain said that’s wrong.

OBAMA: Now, well, look. Listen. You and I both know that the minute that Governor Palin was forced to talk about her daughter, I immediately said that’s off limits. And…

STEPHANOPOULOS: But John McCain said the same thing about questioning your faith.

OBAMA: And what was the first thing the McCain’s campaign went out and did? They said, look, these liberal blogs that support Obama are out there attacking Governor Palin.

Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Christian faith.

OBAMA: … my Christian faith. Well, what I’m saying is that he hasn’t suggested…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Has connections, right.

OBAMA: … that I’m a Muslim. And I think that his campaign’s upper echelons have not, either.

What I think is fair to say is that, coming out of the Republican camp, there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I’m not who I say I am when it comes to my faith — something which I find deeply offensive, and that has been going on for a pretty long time.

Sarah Palin’s Daughter, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, In Scandal Giving Birth To Alien Babies

Today it was confirmed that Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, is pregnant and is carrying the child of an alien from the planet Neptune. This unacceptable conception could only have occurred if the girl was descended from Republican parents, and this is exacerbated by the fact that the alien is not a Christian and is in favor of the Democratic position of allowing women to murder unborn fetuses for stem cell research!

It has been determined that Bristol conceived the child while abducted and on the alien spaceship, but it is the belief of liberal extremists that her mother should have prevented the act by ensuring she was abducted along with her daughter or traveled to Neptune to purchase her own space ship to protect her daughter by acting as a contraceptive. We agree. Aliens are slimy. You should never leave your daughter alone with one.

Back to reality, we have read so much nonsense online on various blogs and forums regarding Sarah Palin since she got nominated, we are starting to think that if she were black like Obama, they would be saying she got the pigment in her skin by mating with a dry erase marker.

We are getting sick of all the nonsense. What is it about liberals that they have to create so much total idiotic nonsense and innuendo about a person? This is especially true, when most of what we are seeing is written by men accusing a WOMAN of irresponsibility with respect not even to her own body but that of another woman. What would a man know about a woman’s rights to her body? And aren’t liberal men supposedly in favor of a woman having exclusive rights to her body? Apparently not if she is Republican.

One argument we were presented with today was that Palin is an extremist and an evangelical Christian. This man actually stated that it was “hypocritical” of Sarah Palin to have “allowed” her daughter to get pregnant!! Not only didn’t he understand her religious background, he was totally ignorant of women in general and the process of conception. Last we checked, sperm and ova do not check with the grandmother first.

The ignorance is astounding, but what is even more astounding is the length to which these liberal extremists will go. We are seeing claims that are downright idiotic. One claim on the Television Without Pity Forum implied that Sarah Palin should have googled a medical opinion, and disagreed with her own pediatrician’s advice. When another contributor called them on their nonsense, the forum actually suspended the user for defending women’s rights!!

Now, don’t these individuals and liberal outlets understand that if any of what they are trying to claim is true, it would have been revealed already by a number of Republicans in Alaska that were exposed by Palin for illegitimate dealings in the first place? I don’t think they love the fact she kicked their Republican butts!!

Let’s think about the rumors and accusations so far:

1. Palin’s latest daughter is actually the child of her eldest daughter. To believe such stupidity, you would have to believe every doctor and every person they know in the world lied on their behalf. And of course, you have to start getting into the “We didn’t really land on the moon” or “The Holocaust never occurred” mentality, because you are one step away from total stupidity and prejudice.

2. That a photograph of Sarah Palin’s daughter at the proper angle was exclusive and conclusive evidence that her daughter Bristol had been pregnant rather than just having exited an all you can eat buffet.

3. That all the pictures of Sarah Palin pregnant were fabricated. She was carrying a pillow for months apparently.

4. Palin was already pregnant when she got married two decades ago. And what that has to do with this rumor we have no idea.

5. One woman claims to share a doctor with Sarah Palin. She says she thinks the baby is hers because she doesn’t believe their doctor would lie on behalf of Sarah Palin because everyone in town knows that Sarah Palin is insane.

OK, we have had about enough. This is getting so stupid and if the liberal camp, other than the only sane person in it, the Democratic Presidential candidate, does not realize how damaging it can get for the Democratic party falsifying rumors against a woman and her child, we have to believe that McCain will be elected, because Obama will be obliterated due to his association with total imbeciles.

Adam Serwer in the Sewer, Democrats and Obama Attempt the Reverse Racism Card

“I haven’t met her before, she seems like a compelling person. The fact that you’ve got a woman as the nominee, vice presidential nominee of one of the major parties, is one more hit against that glass ceiling,” Mr. Obama said.

Barack Obama does not seem to consider such a comment congratulating a woman for hitting up against their “glass ceiling” sexist. But perhaps he should consider that a black man has never been president, and he has his own glass barrier to break through. Implying that women face any greater a barrier seems to demonstrate a sexist bias towards women and possibly the reason Obama steered clear of Hillary Clinton when choosing his running mate. Perhaps two glass ceilings were one too many?

Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate in the NYT story, terms Obama “terribly sexist.” And, as a result, she says she may not be able to cast her ballot for him. Ferraro went overboard here and we realize that. Obama could have steered clear of Hillary for a number of reasons, like not wanting a name bigger than life on the ticket alongside him or perhaps the vicious battle in the Democratic primary between the two. But when Democrats attack Republicans as sexist for choosing a woman as a Vice Presidental candidate, we cry foul.

Adam Serwer, an Obama supporter, but ultimately a nobody, took reverse sexism to a peak. Adam spoke out.

“Palin’s addition to the ticket takes Republican faux-feminism to a whole new level.” As Adam Serwer pointed out on TAPPED, “this is in fact a condescending move by the GOP. It plays to the assumption that disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters did not care about her politics — only her gender. In picking Palin, Republicans are lending credence to the sexist assumption that women voters are too stupid to investigate or care about the issues, and merely want to vote for someone who looks like them. As Serwer noted, it’s akin to choosing Alan Keyes in an attempt to compete with Obama for votes from black Americans.”

No Mr. Serwer, we believe it is people like you that clearly demonstrate your sexism and clear misunderstanding of what is intelligent. Are you saying that anyone that selects a woman as a candidate is condescending towards women unless that person is a Democrat? Women are being played for stupid, according to Mr. Serwer, because of course a woman should not have been selected, and women would be too smart to think a woman deserved to take office if not selected by Obama?

Serwer took the selection of a woman by the Republicans and made it all about gender in his attack, and it was shameful. According to his own writings Mr. Serwer is sexist and racist as well. He appears to think that any selection of a black man would be racist if not selected by a Democrat, and blacks would be therefore stupid to assume any black man should assume office if he were not a Democrat. Serwer has resorted to the sewer of commentary.

We are hoping that Mr. Serwer is not a sexist or a racist and suggest he resort to proof-reading his articles before he prints them. They insult both women and black men that do not agree with his politics.