Thursday, June 26, 2008

Is Obama Nuts?

Clay Cramer tells us that the Canadians are not happy with US eco-freaks--and that Obama apparently is one of them.

Borrowing heavily from the rhetoric of the environmental movement, right down to using the pejorative "tar sands" to describe Canada's reserves, mayors from the United States' largest cities adopted a resolution at a meeting in Miami on Monday singling out Western Canada's oil-sands sector as part of a crackdown on fuels that cause global warming.

Yesterday, Mr. Obama vowed to break America's addiction to "dirty, dwindling and dangerously expensive" oil if elected U. S. president -- and he said one of his first targets may well be imports from Canada's oil sands. A senior advisor to Obama's campaign said it's an "open question" whether Alberta's oil sands fit with Obama's vision for shifting the U. S. dramatically away from carbon-intensive fuels.

Look, folks. Whether we are at "peak oil", or whether the hydrocarbon era is causing "global warming/cooling/change" is irrelevant.

The fact is that the US economy is now, and will be for the next 20 years, petroleum-dependent. You can, perhaps, eliminate gasoline-powered engines--but you cannot eliminate the need for lubrication, nor pavement, nor plastics (in all configurations).

If Obama is suggesting that he's willing to blow off ALL those uses for petroleum, he is absolutely crazy.


Headless Blogger said...

If the U.S. won't use this Canadian oil, I have no doubts that our Chinese friends will take it.

The same goes for the oil under ANWR. Who is going to stop them from drilling it themselves?

Headless Blogger said...

Re: Who is going to stop them?

See this post.