Drilling for OIL

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Drilling for OIL

Back in June, there was an article in the News and Events section of Florida Realtors.org discussing Crist changing his stance on drilling for oil.  The one thing that jumped out to me was Florida Democratic Party Spokesman Mark Bubriski, he said and I quote, "It would only increase oil companies record breaking profits."  Let me get this right, even if it means families can not afford to drive to work, the cost of everything is getting higher due to the high price of gas, you are not going to agree to drilling because you don't want the oil companies to make any more money.  That is real bright.  Eric Draper, policy director for the Audubon of Florida said it would take 10 years to produce energy from new offshore leases even if exploration started now.  He said conservation is a better solution.  So let me see if I understand this, it is more important to save the spotted owl or whatever bird Eric is worried about, rather than it is to drill, bring down oil prices and start relying on ourselves rather than to be relying on the Mid East countries who all hate us anyway. 

ANWR is 75 miles from the already existing Alaska Pipeline.  The eight hundred miles of the Alaska pipeline took 10 years to build. It is already in place, it would not take that long to build the 75 miles to ANWR.  I have heard from several people that if you were to toss a dime onto a paper towel that is the extent to what it would do to ANWR.

There are already oil rigs in the Gulf.  My husband is a fishing guide.  Quite a few years ago there were oil riggs off the coast of Florida.  One day they were there, the next day they were gone, from the water level up.  My husband said they show up on the fish finders.  So they capped them off.  They are there are waiting to be tapped into again. 

We currently rely on 70% + of our oil to come from the MID EAST.  That number use to be 24%.  We need to become more self sustaining, become a strong nation once again. 

If you really want to see a change, write your Congressman or woman, write the editor of your paper.  Speak up and speak out.  If we all come together for a common cause, making this nation independent and financially strong again, it can happen sooner rather than later. 

Back in June, there was an article in the News and Events section of Florida Realtors.org discussing Crist changing his stance on drilling for oil.  The one thing that jumped out to me was Florida Democratic Party Spokesman Mark Bubriski, he said and I quote, "It would only increase oil companies record breaking profits."  Let me get this right, even if it means families can not afford to drive to work, the cost of everything is getting higher due to the high price of gas, you are not going to agree to drilling because you don't want the oil companies to make any more money.  That is real bright.  Eric Draper, policy director for the Audubon of Florida said it would take 10 years to produce energy from new offshore leases even if exploration started now.  He said conservation is a better solution.  So let me see if I understand this, it is more important to save the spotted owl or whatever bird Eric is worried about, rather than it is to drill, bring down oil prices and start relying on ourselves rather than to be relying on the Mid East countries who all hate us anyway. 

ANWR is 75 miles from the already existing Alaska Pipeline.  The eight hundred miles of the Alaska pipeline took 10 years to build. It is already in place, it would not take that long to build the 75 miles to ANWR.  I have heard from several people that if you were to toss a dime onto a paper towel that is the extent to what it would do to ANWR.

There are already oil rigs in the Gulf.  My husband is a fishing guide.  Quite a few years ago there were oil riggs off the coast of Florida.  One day they were there, the next day they were gone, from the water level up.  My husband said they show up on the fish finders.  So they capped them off.  They are there are waiting to be tapped into again. 

We currently rely on 70% + of our oil to come from the MID EAST.  That number use to be 24%.  We need to become more self sustaining, become a strong nation once again. 

If you really want to see a change, write your Congressman or woman, write the editor of your paper.  Speak up and speak out.  If we all come together for a common cause, making this nation independent and financially strong again, it can happen sooner rather than later. 

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You really don't get it. Drilling won't produce a new drop of oil for 10 years if we're lucky. The oil companies could be drilling on the land/sea they already lease, but why would they do that when they can just charge higher prices?

And by the way, off the coast near where you live, it's natural gas, not crude oil (which is turned into gasoline for cars) for the most part. that's not going to help the price of filling up your tank.

Aug 17, 2008 03:41 PM #1
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Joe,  Thanks for your comments.  I have heard many experts say it could be as little as 3 years.  One of the reasons they are using the current leases they have is because the refiners are not up to handling the additional volume.  That is one thing that needs to be worked on as they are working on the oil drilling, updating and getting the refineries back up and running.  I know about the natural gas, they are getting ready to run lines through the town I live in right now.  They are contacting property owners to buy easements through their property to run the lines.  My husband saw these rigs in the Gulf working and they were oil rigs. 

What if it takes 10 years, if these other countries know that we are going to drill, that we are moving forward in that direction the price will come down, then the price of everything will come down.  That is what I am looking at.  What we are going to see immediately based on what is to come 3 years, 10 years down the road. 

I do not know your profession, myself as a realtor, I am one of the luck ones doing well.  For those who aren't doing as well, these gas prices will put them out of business, not to mention all the small business owners who can't survive do to the high prices.

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