Obama's green energy policies make America vulnerable to terrorism

Oil first at sea

President Obama's decision to shelve the Keystone oil Pipeline project until after the Presidential elections, comes at the same time of news Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons. The "decision" showed that this vital step in keeping our nation protected from outside threats to our energy supply, is based on politics, rather than what is best for our country.

Israel, the vowed target for annihilation by Iranian President Achmadenajad, has been said to be making preparations to defend itself. These preparations would include proactive and pre-emptive strikes on Iran's known nuclear facilities. Iran has already stated that if it is attacked, it would strike back at not only Israel, but American and world interests in the most devastating way.

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The most devastating way for Iran to harm the west, is to choke off the most vital oil exporting route in the world, the Strait of Hormuz. Iran sits on the narrow choke point where 40% of the worlds seaborne oil must pass and that's Iran's hole card in this dangerous card game. By mining the strait, sinking supertankers with missiles or submarines, Iran would send the worlds oil prices skyrocketing. This would push the already teetering world economy over the cliff, including America.

Since our past and present policies have made us so dependent on imported oil, it would be easy to see world oil prices soar to 200-300-400 per barrel, if the turbulent middle east exploded in conflict....So why doesn't the administration link this real and present danger with energy policies
that would help shield us from this threat?

With the energy sword of Damocles poised over our heads, President Obama and his Energy Department idealogues, seem bent on leaving us vulnerable to energy terrorism. Last week, besides nixing the Keystone Pipeline, the Administration announced it's 2012-2017 Offshore Drilling Plan. Unfortunately it looks as if the administration continues to ignore our fossil fuel energy resources. Said Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the powerful House Natural Resource Committee: "This plan takes some of the worlds most promising energy resources off limits."

Even in Alaska where there are huge proven oil reserves and infrastructure in place to tap it, red tape and permitting processes retard those efforts. Shell Oil paid 2.1 billion for leases in 2008 and they have yet to drill an exploratory well due to lawsuits and permit delays.

Not only is America suffering needlessly by being deprived of it's massive amounts of energy, Americans are desperately seeking jobs in this cruel economy. President Obama had a golden opportunity to help his country achieve energy independence, create thousand even millions of jobs and protect his country's national security by creating a network to help us become energy self sufficient. But President Obama chose to vote present on these opportunities and the nation will be at peril because of it.

In the meantime, no amount of windmills and solar panels will even begin to replace the energy that can be produced by our own natural reserves of coal, oil and natural gas. Looks like we will be getting Solyndra type scandals in our energy pipeline, rather than the real energy that powers Americas economy.

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