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Energy policy should be the number one issue debated by politicians for the election next year. We know President Obama’s position — he wants to phase out the use of fossil fuels because burning them causes increased atmospheric carbon dioxide with catastrophic global warming (CAGW). All experimental evidence shows this is false. Our present energy policy is determined to make the United States an Agrarian country like we were after the Revolutionary War.
I have seen no Republican candidate challenge President Obama on these issues. The United States is the most blessed nation in the world on supply of fossil fuels. We could produce practically all fossil fuels we need and be one of the world’s largest energy exporters. Politicians don’t seem to understand that domestically producing a barrel of oil, a ton of coal, or 1000 cubic feet of natural gas is the same as building a car locally or growing an ear of corn.
This would be at least an annual trillion dollar swing in our economic activity. Ten million high paying jobs would be added to our workforce. I suspect this is a little better than what McDonald’s is doing for the country.
If Republicans don’t wise up on this issue, President Obama will be re-elected next fall. It is better for the United States to have a Democrat occupying the White House believing in CAGW than a Republican with the same views. At least the Republicans in Congress can attempt to stop or slow down the economic destruction of our country.