Mideast Oil Barons Love America's Shale Protesters

Monday, 12 Sep 2011 03:27 PM

By Chris Freind

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There they were, basking in the attention gained from protesting Marcellus Shale drilling.

Sure, those angrily denouncing the natural gas industry during the Marcellus Shale Conference in Philadelphia got the media’s attention. But their biggest supporters weren’t even in Pennsylvania.

They’re in the Middle East.

The leaders of those oil nations could not be more thrilled with the cadre of protesters, who do everything to ensure the U.S. remains bent over the foreign oil barrel. As a bonus, American petro dollars fund extremist programs in those very same nations, resulting in a new generation of well-funded terrorists.

About the only thing missing is Middle Eastern oil barons paying protesters to be their lobbyists, because that’s exactly what they are.

We are witnessing history’s greatest transfer of wealth, as America needlessly sends trillions to China and the Middle East. Their standard of living, and global power, continues to rise, while the United States slowly devolves into a second-world nation with a first-world military.

Here’s what few admit: the American way of life cannot improve until people remove their heads from their derrieres and demand widespread domestic energy production.

Absent that, the demise is unstoppable.

A look at any port tells all: Tankers and freighters arrive fully laden, but leave empty. And the reason is simple. We make nothing. No nation can survive, let alone prosper, if it abandons its manufacturing base. But that’s exactly what we did.

The only answer to offsetting cheap labor is to have the world’s lowest energy costs. And more than any nation, America can do that by utilizing the greatest concentration of resources on the planet.

There are immense yet untapped oil reserves off both coasts and in the Gulf, in Alaska (especially ANWR), under the Rockies, and in North Dakota’s Bakken Formation.

America is also blessed with an overabundance of natural gas, including the Marcellus Shale, which is the world’s second-largest deposit. Ironically, many protesters who describe themselves as “environmentalists” (whatever that means) are opposing the cleanest fuel available.

Natural gas produces virtually no emissions, and its low price and limitless supply can lessen emission-producing fossil fuels. It’s a no-brainer.

And since it’s a fraction the price of gasoline, wider utilization of natural gas can jump-start the economy. Lower fuel costs give companies a competitive edge, and that means greater commerce and more jobs.

One glowing example of how natural gas can get the economy moving again is the success story of Proctor and Gamble, which has a substantial manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania.

Upon discovering natural gas under the plant, the company invested in several gas wells, and now, in addition to seeing a dramatically decreased energy bill, is selling excess gas! Businesses in that situation can take the millions in savings and expand operations, hire more workers, and keep their manufacturing doors in America open.

But that’s just the beginning. Homes are built, restaurants thrive, businesses no longer face closure, and untold new companies spring to life. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have already been created, and billions in tax revenue have filled municipal and state coffers.

Yet protesters would kill that off, content with $4 gasoline, rising inflation, and a stagnant economy. Their actions jeopardize safety by keeping America begging, totally reliant on foreign oil. To say national security is weakened would be a gross understatement.

Two plus two always equals four, whether or not one believes that. Likewise, black gold and natural gas are the lifeblood of every economy — period. Countries with petroleum resources thrive, while those reliant on rival nations are substantially disadvantaged. It is survival of the fittest, and no amount of fairy-tale fluff will change that fact.

The most ignorant aspect of Shale protesters is that they offer no real-world alternatives. Until then, they will be laughed off as extremists trying to achieve an unattainable relevance.

Solar? Wind? Hydro? Love them. But they do not dent America’s energy needs, and attempts to argue the contrary are folly. We should be doubling our nuclear plants, but in the wake of Japan’s (avoidable) crisis, combined with zero political leadership from either party, that’s a pipe dream.

So if not gas and oil, then what? More reliance on hostile nations, while global competitors gain another foothold on America? That’s not a solution. It’s a death sentence.

Domestic drilling is not perfect, but it’s the best option to keep communities prosperous and dignity intact. Criticism for the sake of criticism, with no viable solutions, is irresponsible.

The United States needs to stop using Chinese as its unofficial language and asking permission from Middle Eastern oil barons.

Protesters should get their fracking facts straight, or go pass gas somewhere else.

An accredited member of the media, Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, www.FreindlyFireZone.com. He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com.






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