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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Drill Baby Drill? Maybe Not Right Now!

We need to use our own natural resources so that we don’t have to rely on energy sources from other countries. We have a vast abundance of natural resources on our own land and we have good environmental safeguards to harvest and process those resources. Our president just got on television in front of the Nation telling us what needs to be done about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Or did he?

I never heard him tell us anything that would actually clean up the spill. He appealed to our hearts about the need to clean it up and the need to have British Petroleum pay the people who have been harmed. He told us that we need more government regulations, even though the past regulations have failed. He told us that we need to expect higher costs for our energy, when we are already stretched to the limits of our budget. And he told us that we need a comprehensive takeover of the entire industry and allow the government to be in control.

This crisis has put us on the defensive and we are looking for leadership to help us fix the problem. So far he hasn’t offered any solutions to get the spill cleaned up. A third of his speech was dedicated to our need to get off using fossil fuels and pass his comprehensive energy bill. He doesn’t want this crisis to go to waste. In truth, this bill will halt our ability to use our own resources and make energy costs skyrocket. We don’t need more government, we need him to get off the preaching and fix the problem. What’s your opinion? -Julie

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