Energy myths

I love the ocean, the wilderness, and the animals that live there, and it is my hope that my daughter and future generations will still have relatively clean oceans to bodysurf and wilderness to enjoy. A direct threat to both is the fervor over increasing domestic oil drilling, ostensibly justified to wean us off foreign oil and halt astronomically rising gas prices.

Rising costs at the fuel pump provide a perfect platform for the drumbeat of “Drill, baby, drill.” However, a recent study shows that neither the party-affiliation nor chummy-Big Oil connections of the president, nor the level of U.S. drilling has any direct correlation to the price we pay to feed our beloved automobiles. Even well into my second year of carlessness, I can see how much Bay Area residents are being gouged, especially compared with most of the rest of the country.

“A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S. domestic oil production by The Associated Press shows no statistical correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump.” This is the lead from a recent article by AP reporters Seth Borenstein and Jack Gillum about the myth that increased oil drilling results in decreased gas prices. Read the whole article at the link below.

Fact Check: More U.S. drilling didn’t drop gas price

With that in mind, can we finally march to a different drummer, protect our environment and shake foreign oil dependence by investing in alternative cleaner energy instead? Can we admit that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are full of shit in their fanatic appeals to open up the Arctic wilderness and and increase offshore drilling? Even Barack Obama used gas prices as a political tool for election, though he now admits to being singularly powerless to control what is influenced by myriad forces in the world market. Enough already!

This is what I want my grandchildren to see …

(photo: pits47 2009)

Not this …

(photo: pits47 2009)


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