Where’s the Solar-Powered Car Fairy?

At the same time that we watch all of the political unrest in Africa and the Middle East, we also see our gas prices soar.  Once again oil is at $100 a barrel and gasoline is pushing $4.00 a gallon.

When oil peaked at $145 a barrel in July 2008, we saw gas prices go to $4.00 a gallon and the economy take a nose dive.  This nation runs on fuel and when its costs go up, so does the cost of almost all of our goods and services.  The more that you spend on fuel, the less money you have to buy food, clothing and other consumer goods.  That means there is less demand for products, which creates a downward spiraling effect of less production and more layoffs.  So how do we deal with high oil prices?

Every day the U.S. imports an average of 10 million barrels of oil, while our own domestic production has dropped from nearly 11 million barrels per day in 1980 to just over 8 million barrels per day.  To ensure a stable supply, every administration since WWII has supported the oil producing nations, no matter how tyrannical they are.  The Obama administration’s answer to our energy needs is literally blowing in the wind! Like Nero fiddling while Rome burned, President Obama lets the American people twist in the wind while gas prices go higher and higher.  His plan is to get America off of oil and onto renewable energy.  But we are a country with over two hundred million vehicles and you can’t replace them overnight.  When you leave for work tomorrow morning, you will not find that the good fairies have replaced your car with one that runs on solar power or a big sail to blow you down the street.  You will need gasoline to get to work!

Recall that on March 31, 2010, Mr. Obama was all in favor of revving up domestic oil production when he said “The bottom line is this: Given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs and keep our businesses competitive, we are going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”

We have the domestic resources to seriously reduce the amount of oil that we import.  That would bring stability to our energy costs and promote economic growth.  It would also let us deal more honestly with hostile foreign governments, if we didn’t have to fear offending them in order to keep our oil flowing.

Mr. Obama, remember what you said just last year?  Open up the American oil fields!  Are you listening?

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2 Comments to “Where’s the Solar-Powered Car Fairy?”

  1. John Carlson
    Posted March 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    Brilliant insight. What happens to a solar-powered car when it’s raining outside?

    • Posted March 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM | Permalink

      You don’t move! This is why we still need oil production in America.

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