Sunday, September 25, 2011
  Surprisingly good news

NPR has a feature on the US oil boom today, focusing on the Bakken field.
Two years ago, America was importing about two thirds of its oil. Today, according to the Energy Information Administration, it imports less than half.

As an old Okie, I try to keep up with energy, but I didn't know that!

Because the partisans and politicians aren't telling us.

The left-side media doesn't want us to know that we CAN be independent again, because that would fuck up their monstrous emotional and financial investment in hippie-dippie solar and wind shit and Carbon Indulgences.

The right-side media doesn't want us to know that we ARE becoming independent again because Obama would get the credit.

And by 2017 ... the US could be poised to pass Saudi Arabia and overtake Russia as the world's largest oil producer.

Amy Myers Jaffe of Rice University says in the next decade, new oil in the US, Canada and South America could change the center of gravity of the entire global energy supply.

"Some are now saying, in five or 10 years' time, we're a major oil-producing region, where our production is going up," she says.

The US, Jaffe says, could have 2 trillion barrels of oil waiting to be drilled. South America could hold another 2 trillion. And Canada? 2.4 trillion. That's compared to just 1.2 trillion in the Middle East and north Africa.

I can see why the mass media won't mention this, but I can't understand why Obama doesn't shout it from the rooftops. It would piss off his leftist supporters, but it would guarantee his re-election.

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