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The U.S. Oil Dilemma


It’s a great time to be a political watcher, especially with an upcoming American election. The rhetoric seems to get

oil prices reflect a finite amount of resources, and we need to come up with alternatives...

worse every four years – dooming the country to a spiral of infantilized slogans and more ‘us against them’ scenarios. After having finished an article on CNN recently, covering an Obama rally in Florida, it seems more than ever, that finally the President has woken from his slumber and is telling the nation some brutal truths that they’ve needed to hear for the last three years.

These unpleasant ‘facts’ are simple to understand if your level of intelligence exceeds that of a common garden beetle. Things like: ‘oil prices reflect a finite amount of resources, and we need to come up with alternatives.’ And the big one that Americans can never accept hearing: ‘changes won’t happen over night.’ Oh, no – did he say that? It’s seems Obama is finally taking off the gloves and bare-knuckling in the ring. Good. America needs to hear it. Not everything gets better, instantly. And for too long (like the last fifty-odd years) America has been living in a haze of ‘can do’ rhetoric with no real political commitment, engagement or understanding. And it may not be a cushy ride saying things like,”the unlimited oil drilling advocated by Republicans won’t solve America’s long-term energy needs. It’s not a strategy to solve our energy challenge… It’s a strategy to get politicians through an election. You know there are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices,” but the truth hurts and it’s important to acknowledge it in order to change. He carried on attacking the tax subsidies for oil companies and again, mentioned the importance of a comprehensive energy package – solar, wind and the dreaded nuclear. Things take time to implement and the world’s reliance on oil has to change.

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William R. Feins , freelance journalist from London, UK; he received his B.A. degree in Economics and his Masters in Sociology. William has always been interested in the mechanics of business and the inspiration of original thinkers, and firmly believes that the former can’t succeed without the latter. In his spare time, he enjoys the ridiculous spectacle of watching table tennis on a big screen (preferably at a pub) and reading weighty tomes about World War II.