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Not sure what the reserves are, but the rate of flow off the coast is like water from a fire hydrant! Canada has not yet gotten serious about a nuclear facility up at Cold Lake or Fort MacMurray. Environmentalists freak out at the mere mention of the concept.
By that line of reasoning, you should let Texas go as well, then.
600,000 Scots living and working in the south were precluded from voting (treated as expats) and the voting age was reduced to 16 for this vote. The deck was stacked and STILL they got swamped. Scotland would have been tucked under Strasbourg and the remaining UK would have been vulnerable.
I don't like electric cars yet-the batteries are too expensive and inefficient. New technology is on its way, however, which will make electric cars more cost effective and have longer range. It must be accompanied by more nuclear. You are a little off base on the costs of o+g though. Most of the higher costs in NA are policy created, not due to access. Oil is naturally gushing into the ocean offshore Santa Barbara-easy to access, forbidden by celebrities. A nuclear plant to generate the steam for the oil sands would drastically reduce the marginal cost of oil out of those "mines". The all of the above strategy would allow the markets to drive development, not Hollywood driven donations to politicians.
Ken, Your 72% number for OPEC is specious and misleading. The OPEC reserve numbers are notoriously poor and overstated, the estimated reserves that form the basis of that estimate do not include shale oil, large parts of the oil sands and other reserve pools. That OPEC has us by the balls is a result of our own policy failures.
There is enough oil and gas in Canada and the US to satisfy demand for the next 500 years, between the oil sands, the Alaskan shelf, offshore California, offshore Labrador and shale oil. Add judiciously a regular commissioning of new nuclear electricity plants and fracking, and there is no question that North America can not only be independent, but also put a large dent in OPEC's markets. Any sane person, looking at jobs, funds flows, trade balance, fiscal responsibility, National Security AND environmental stewardship would undertake all of the above.
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Obama's ISIS Tap Dance

Chestertonfan Wrote: Sep 21, 2014 11:08 PM
Or cartoonists
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Meriam Ibrahim and Faith McDonnell

Chestertonfan Wrote: Sep 21, 2014 12:09 AM
Meriam Ibraham, a courageous hero who needs our help. Where are the feminists and human rights junkies/celebs? I pray our daughters never have to suffer what she has.
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Meriam Ibrahim and Faith McDonnell

Chestertonfan Wrote: Sep 21, 2014 12:05 AM
"christian" is lower case and "Spirit" is upper case. Ah, how clever-not. You are just a moron who thinks it clever to see more Christians slaughtered. Take your sordid views and bugger off.
And people wonder why America's allies have quietly faded away and her enemies of all stripes have been emboldened. One bad, sick joke by idiots and adolescents after another. So sad, so dangerous.
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