Terry Paulson

There’s no tea to dump in the Boston Harbor. Maybe, angry Americans will have to settle for dumping a bunch of irate letters on the desks of politicians who are refusing to act! I’d send out Paul Revere to rally the citizens, but he sold his horse for a Hummer and can’t afford to pay for the gas! This “Energy Independence Day” message is short and urgent—Drill Here, Drill Now, Go Nuclear, Incentivize Carbon-free Innovation!

There are many causes for our energy crisis: a weak dollar, the economic expansion in India, China and other developing countries, speculators, inadequate refineries, prohibitions on US drilling where oil reserves are plentiful, and, of course, political posturing in a pivotal election year. No matter what the causes, the energy crisis is impacting every citizen and devastating low-income Americans.

While politicians demand more oil from foreign suppliers, we sit on oil reserves that are the envy of the world. During the recent congressional inquiry, Democrats attacked American oil executives, but Shell CEO John Hoffmeister confronted his inquisitors: “I can promise to the American people because of the inaction of the United States Congress ever increasing prices unless demand goes down. And the $5.00 will look like a very low price in the years to come if we are prohibited from finding new reserves, new opportunities to increase supplies.”

Of course, no plan for energy independence will produce quick results, but President Bush is ready to support any balanced plan. Winston Churchill said: “I never worry about action, but only about inaction.” John McCain has called for action—Free states to allow off-shore exploration and drilling, use more clean-coal, speed processing and approval for more nuclear energy plants and refineries, and incentivize alternative energy innovation.

The Democrats keep saying drilling today will take ten years to make a difference. That’s what Democrats said twelve years ago. In 1996, President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have opened valuable domestic oil reserves. If not for that veto, recent estimates indicate that we’d have an additional one million barrels of oil per day for at least the last two years! It’s going to be 2018 anyway; let’s get started drilling now!

Environmentalists shout, “Catastrophe!” But Brazil, Britain, Norway and other countries drill safely offshore. When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita roared through the Gulf’s 3,000 offshore oil and gas platforms, no major spills were recorded. As for ANWR, herds of caribou seem to travel past the Alaskan pipeline without even a glance. France generates 80% of its energy needs through nuclear power and safely handles the waste; so can we!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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