Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, does not want to drill for oil off our coasts and will reverse the Bush Administration’s position on off shore drilling. He prefers wind and solar. I also prefer wind and solar, but I understand that effectively creating a new national energy infrastructure with additional and rebuilt power grids is tentative at best in the next ten years. Why do we need to gamble on getting it right with a massive shift on source energy and delivery, when we can have that domestic off shore oil as a security blanket? If we were to displace off shore oil with domestic wind and solar, we could become an oil exporter and actually change the balance of trade deficit to a trade surplus.
Regardless of what he says, no matter the excuses he makes, the public interest calls for domestic offshore drilling now – it is clearly in our national security interest.
If we drilled for and sold our off shore oil on the open market, we could blunt the sale of oil by nations like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. We could actually use oil as a foreign policy tool. We need all the edge we can get. Yes, right now the price of oil is down, but where will it be in five years? The Democrats put us in a bind over the recent oil price hike, with decisions that made it difficult for us to have more domestic oil on hand when we needed it. It has been the war against off shore drilling by democrats that has left us defenseless against foreign oil. The balance of power in the world will be in our favor if we have our own oil to use and possibly sell. If we are successful in switching to renewable power generation, other nations may not switch as successfully. Other nations will still need oil – it is better that they get it from us than from nations hostile to us. In any event, wind and solar source energy will be a fifty year national change over.
The Obama administration is so intent on shifting to green energy to save the world, that they are gambling our near term ten year future on an untried and unproven massive change on source energy and source energy delivery to power our entire nation. Why not drill just in case? Keep in mind that both wind and solar are harvested where the energy grid is not. We need to build out our energy grid to deliver the wind and solar source energy through the existing grid for delivery to businesses and homes. This necessary grid project alone is massive and wrought with a not in my backyard mentality (NIMBY). Shutting out the mining for and drilling for domestic oil resources located off shore is foolish and myopic. Gambling on adequately replacing our foreign oil with solar and wind in the next ten years is not only foolish, but arrogantly foolhardy. It is national security negligence.