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Monday, June 16, 2008

Oil

Liberals say, "we can't drill our way out of this." To that I say: yes, we can. The solution to the high price of oil isn't to seek alternative sources of energy. It's to drill for more oil. Half of the current cost is artificially inflated due to speculation and fears caused by uncertainty about the future. People think that disasters are on the horizon, and that will cause oil to be scarce, so they bid up the price of oil non-stop. Drilling for oil will not only increase the actual supply to deal with the increased demand, but will also serve to put a damper on the speculators who will think twice before bidding the price of oil up again, as it won't be a sure bet anymore.

We already have tons of it just laying around, waiting to be taken. In the Rocky Mountains there are untapped oil reserves with three times the amount of Saudi Arabia. Off the coast of Florida there is oil that China is going take if we don't. Canada has untapped reserves as well. The solution is right in front of us. All we have to do is reach out and grasp it.

3 Comments:

Blogger Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

What I'm REALLY looking forward to is biofuels. That is, using bacteria or algae (both are in research) to convert water + atmospheric CO2 into gasoline. Not only is it an unlimited resource, but it's also carbon-neutral and requires NO money be spent on changing to alternative fuel source machinery (costs which would be astronomical). Unlike non-biological solutions (e.g. the plants that produce hydrogen, etc.) all of the energy for this reaction is provided not by burning additional fuel, but by sunlight.

I've been waiting for somebody to do this for almost a decade now, and I'm kinda surprised it isn't in more advanced stages right now. It's not THAT hard. Algae and some bacteria already carry out photosynthesis, and some already can form fatty acids. From fatty acids (of the proper length) all that's left is to decarboxylate (resulting in a molecule of CO2). Of course I'm equating easy in theory to easy in practice, here.

Mon Jun 16, 09:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

19 minutes after I posted that Ars posts this.

Mon Jun 16, 09:37:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Quantum_Menace said...

I think what was 3 times the oil of Saudi Arabia was actually coal-to-oil. Not that it matters because the damn politicians won't allow that either.

Tue Jun 17, 03:12:00 PM EDT  

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