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Senate says “No” to drilling in Alaska… again!

While Big Oil and Business go toe to toe with Environmentalists, I say this issue should be a no-brainer for everyone.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, second from right, followed by Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell of Ky., barrels out of the Senate chamber and quickly walks down the hall to Senate Majority Leader Bill First's Capitol Hill office, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, after the Senate voted against closure on the Defense Appropriations Conference Report. Stevens' provision was contained in the bill.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

I’m no fan of the Oil Industry, nor am I a tree-hugger (they just aren’t so fun to cuddle with)–but it seems to me there’s a simple way of looking at this issue that is completely practical: Oil is a “limited supply” resource and the technology already exists to allow us to kick the habit. So, what’s the problem?

We have synthetics for greasing the gears, and working prototypes for vehicles that require zero, that’s right, I said zero oil/gasoline to operate.

Using oil means continuing to depend upon a fuel source which will (no doubt about it) eventually run out. It means continuing to send American dollars to companies and organizations that are owned by or friendly towards terrorists. It means we continue to pollute the air that we breath.

Shifting away from oil means no more (or far less) American dollars supporting terrorists who plot to kill Americans. It means no more polluting the air with traffic jams, and it means long term financial savings for every driver since their vehicle operates on reusable or renewable, cheaper energy sources.

Yes, it also means that the Oil Industry will lose momentum, will lose jobs and will have to change it’s business models to adjust for the times. Is that really such a bad thing? Is it really a big deal?

Lets face it, industries have had to change their focus and methods since the beginning of time. Today’s auto-maker on the assembly line was yesterday’s blacksmith who shooed horses. The modern maids and butlers are history’s slaves, and News journalists/reporters/bloggers were once called Bards.

The times, they are a changing’…

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