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  Doin The Oil Dance
by Mr. Ed
Friday, June 27, 2008
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Inspired By Tom Hyland’s Recent A.D. Article,

Can Common Sense Overcome Greed and Stupidity?


Alas, the ancient Oil Gods did not bestow favor on America

Our vast nation contains only 3 percent of all of the world’s oil

Yet, we in the U.S., consume 25 percent of all oil now produced

So, I think we will continue to be at the mercy of Mideast Royals


Yet, many of our very savvy U.S. leaders today are proclaiming

That brand new offshore drilling in America, will now save the day

I definitely know that I’m far from being any mathematics wizard

But I just cannot get these numbers to add up – in any logical way


So, let’s all try doin ‘The Oil Dance’ numbers, just one more time

Our nation only contains about three percent of all the oil in the world

Yet, this new offshore drilling, that our leaders are touting everyday now

Is somehow going to make an ‘Oil Independent America’ magically unfurl


Somehow, they are claiming that offshore drilling, will give us ‘cheap gas’

And that we will no longer be at the mercy, of oil rich nations in the Mideast

They must have discovered some fabulous new type of modern day mathematics

So, if anyone out there knows what the hell they are saying, Enlighten Me, Please!


In point of fact, the United States is becoming ever more dependent upon imported oil today, because we have very stubbornly, and very foolishly, refused to give up our ‘oil based economy’ and pursue other alternative methods of energy.


A mere thirty years ago, 28 percent of the oil consumed in the United States was imported. Today, over 60 percent of all the oil utilized and consumed in the United States each and every day is imported from other countries.


Oil imports into the United States from Saudi Arabia come in at over 160 million barrels of crude oil annually. And we import about the same huge amount of oil from both Mexico and Canada as we do from Saudi Arabia on an annual basis.



Other countries which we also now have to import oil from are: Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Norway, Angola, Algeria, and Colombia.


And, of course, oil is now becoming an extremely limited and extremely coveted resource. And by far, the bulk of the proven, remaining, oil reserves in the world today are located in the Middle East. That’s a simple geological fact.


The amount of oil in the Middle East far exceeds what is still available today, anywhere else on Earth.


So Back To My Math Problem:


We Can Ruin Our Beautiful Coastlines,

Dredge Up Our Very Measly Three Percent,

And Still Be Far Short of What We Need, Right Now,

Since We Consume 25 Percent of Earth’s Available Oil Today,

And Yet, We Will Somehow Become an ‘Oil Independent America.’


I guess I’m just stupid;

I just can’t figure this out.

But Thank God That We Have Leaders,

Who Really Know This New Modern Math.


But I sure can’t wait,

For those cheap gasoline prices,

That are sure to be on the way soon.


©2008, An Extremely Befuddled, Mr. Ed

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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/9/2008
In 1972 in Holland, two engineers found a cheap alternative to run cars without gosoline. Standard Oil came and buy all the sheebang and buried somewhere in the back of their vault getting squashed by all the money pressed in.
Hydrogen driving cars? Zero CO2 emitions? car, buses, trucks, hey! wait a moment, we are in the business of getting bucks, earth pollution? what we care? we aren't here for charity.

Reviewed by Walt Hardester 7/3/2008
But I sure can’t wait,
For those cheap gasoline prices,
That are sure to be on the way soon.

I love it Ed, but I must ponder for a minute if you haven't been into your other Brother Ed's brownies?
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/1/2008
Other alternatives are out there, but sadly go by the wayside!.. I see NO FIX , as our leardes are not level headed to open their eyesto the major crutch of the problem. You are right in your math.. Sadly where does it leave us? Its a no win situation..GREAT WRITE....M
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/28/2008
And the truth shall set us free! If only the public learns how to stop using so much gas that might help too! TL
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/28/2008
I've done the math Ed, and you're right, but now do me a favour, spread your common sense among the hardworking fellow americans, someone has to wake them up, as I said before it takes leaders with foresight, and courage ,to take the bull by the horn, instead of, spreading bull shit. A nation with so much proven ingenuity, should not have to suffer such incomprehensible lack of will of politicians, and the blackmail of overconsumption. You my friend, have said the truth, now go out and spread it further. Bless You!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Martin Ingham 6/28/2008
Oil has just become a political football for both sides of the one party state we have devolved into. Nobody wants to fix the problem, because then they wouldn't be able to blame the other guys for not fixing it.

Don't buy into the "experts" and their "numbers" either. They're the same ones who said the world was flat not too long ago.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/27/2008
Geez, I have been hearing lip service about alternative energy for years and nothing is ever done about it. The oil giants have the monopoly and they are not about to give up their wallets for something new. Or even for SHARING a variety of alternatives. We could do it, but the will is just not there, at least not yet....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/27/2008
I love the way you tackle these issues. Well said!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/27/2008
They sure do dance around to a different tune!
Reviewed by Michael Guy 6/27/2008
I'm been preaching to myself this same truth. Here in Florida our whole economy depends on pristine beaches... yet our Governor is throwing in the towel because of delusional republican politics. The MATH DOES NOT ADD UP!, not even by 2030 when the cause will be lost.
Thank God, someone here at AD has the talent and guts to put the argument in publishable form - instead of ranting on to nobody like myself
And Americans have shown time and again that they will put their common sense away during election years. This time we will pay dearly if we don't demand they come clean with the truth about OIL
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/27/2008
I won't hold my breath waiting for common sence and I may as well park the car if I am going to wait for cheap gas. Thank you for another great write Ed.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/27/2008
Great write. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for the cheap gasoline or the common sense. Liz
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/27/2008
common sense you say, where might we find that
Reviewed by Dale Clark 6/27/2008
It makes no sense at all and one question, what about
the oil in Iraq, which perhaps I'm wrong, but doesn't the
US control that now? or maybe the war wasn't about oil?
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/27/2008
God help us!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

Love the midi!~
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/27/2008
No matter what is done for the long haul, we are still going to be paying high gas prices probably from now on. On CNN this morning, oil costs have gone up again and by 2010 it is suspected we will be paying as high as $7.00 per gallon for gas.

I passed the Shell station this morning and saw gas was priced at $4.09. Thinking I'd fill up on the way home, when I returned, it had gone up an addtional four cents per gallon.

Americans in the upper echelons of society with decent wages will manage to survive. But the poor people working for minimum wage, trying to support a family and keep a roof over their heads are the ones who are going to suffer. We will eventually have more homeless people, more applying for welfare benefits, more crime, and the list continues...

Do we have a bunch of dunces in our government?
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/27/2008
Our govt people are stupid, with stupidity reigning in their lives. They don't care about anyone but themselves, will strip our land of it's oil reserves for the money they can make for their own pockets.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 6/27/2008
Sad that our society is so blind. This was superb at telling that story.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/27/2008
Math my worst subject - tell everyone I'm allergic, break out in numbers. Even more so when politics is behind it - will never understand their reasonings.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/27/2008
I was NEVER smart with regards math, but even I can see the stupidity of our governments outlook...When oil is 200 bucks a barrel, at the very least there will be fewer cars on the road, and pollution from those vehicles will stop...maybe that is the only way to deal with the global warming problem as well...Ed

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