Katie Kieffer

Likewise, it is dangerous for us to pressure alternative energy to replace oil now or in the near future. I’d like to fuel my car with algae, and, right now, it’s not practical. Maybe it will be in the future.

We have vast oil reserves here in America. Think Alaska’s ANWR, Utah’s oil sands, and countless deepwater drilling opportunities. Plus, new Gallup polls indicate Americans support drilling for oil in increasing numbers.

But, political correctness keeps the EPA and this Administration from listening to the majority of Americans while shaping energy policy:

Timeline of Inconsistency

2009: Newly elected President Obama lends $2 billion to Petrobras, Brazil's national oil corporation, via the Export Import Bank of the U.S. (Bush appointees on Ex-Im’s board approved the preliminary commitment).

March, 2010: President Obama proposes "compromise" to drill offshore for oil and natural gas "along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska," reports The New York Times.

April 20, 2010: Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

• May 4, 2010: The White House says it will keep the "boot on the throat" of BP.

May 27, 2010: Department of Interior announces a six-month ban on deepwater drilling, despite lack of scientific support for a moratorium.

December 1, 2010: President reverses decision to re-open drilling and keeps the moratorium indefinite for most areas.

January 3, 2011: President reneges and allows 13 companies to return to 16 existing and mostly exploratory deepwater wells.

March 19, 2011: President visits Brazil with the pledge: “… when you're ready to start selling (oil), we want to be one of your best customers.”

March 30, 2011: President announces specific, politically correct green energy goals. He places blame on the petroleum industry while his effective ban on new deepwater drilling persists since drilling permits are being issued at a snail’s pace.

Oil is amazing. It represents opportunities for wealth, freedom, health and security that we are snubbing our noses at so we can be “green” prematurely. Indeed, thriving economies produce clean environments and longer life spans, explains Forbes.

The most positive thing that could happen to America would be economic stability. Drilling for oil would create jobs, lower gas prices, enhance national security and boost consumer spending. Let’s turn off the negative voices and embrace oil for the sake of happiness and prosperity.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."