Hey, GOP, what part of “non-renewable” do you not understand?

“The top House lawmaker overseeing energy said he wants to lift the four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil.” – The Hill.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

If Americans want the USA to have and to maintain energy independence, then they should be alarmed about the effort by some members of Congress (several of them Republicans) to lift the current ban on the export of crude oil originating in the USA.

Crude oil is a non-renewable energy resource, which means that it is getting scarcer and scarcer. Eventually, the world’s supply of crude oil will begin to run out. If one wants the USA to be the last place on Earth to run out of crude oil, then one ought to support keeping the current ban on the export of crude oil originating in the USA.

Granted, people in the oil industry will claim that there is plenty of crude oil for the near future, but such a claim misses the point. If one wants America as we know it to exist in the distant future, then one ought to prepare for what will be inevitable in the distant future.

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  • Retired military

    “If one wants America as we know it to exist in the distant future”
    Obama is doing his best to change that already.

  • JWH

    I would prefer that we export oil, and then use it as leverage with other countries.

    • jim_m

      Which is why obama will veto any suchh bill

  • David,

    Please document for us the decade in the 20th or 21st centuries in which the proven reserves of oil have actually declined…

    Exporting oil makes economic sense.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      Personally, I’m wondering if Robertson ever met a Democrat he feels deserves his attention to write a post about?

      • jim_m

        Well, not one that he would write a criticism about anyway.

      • You must have missed my blog post just prior to this one … and my post about Bernie Sanders and my post about Martin O’Malley and my posts about Barack Obama.

    • Vagabond661

      I don’t know. Look what happened to Dubai…oh wait…

    • If mankind is taking crude oil out of the ground faster than Mother Nature can make it, then, yes, the reserves are slowly declining. I didn’t deny that there is plenty of crude oil for the NEAR future.

      • You miss the point.

        Like most Malthusian projections, the projections of peak (followed by declining) oil have proven wrong in every instance.

        the drum you are banging was shattered long ago.

      • jim_m

        We have only been using crude oil for less than 2 centuries. We are still discovering oil resources and finding that there are far more resources than we previously knew about. New technologies are providing opportunities to extract more oil and there are other technologies to convert coal into oil products that would allow even more opportunity for fossil fuel development.

        Current estimates are that mankind has over 1000 years of oil resources that we have currently discovered. This is not resources for the NEAR future, this is sufficient resources to bridge the gap from when the Vikings ruled the British Isles to today. Back in the time of the Vikings wood was thhe chief fuel source. we have moved from wood to coal to oil in the last 1000 years. Gasoline wasn’t even considered useful until the 20th century and was previously poured into the ground as waste from production of kerosene.

        Hysterical, Malthusian pronouncements of doom are foolish and idiotic. Not only is it likely that we will be able to extend those resource far beyond their current reach, but we will very likely move to another source of power by then, not out of necessity but by choice. WHat the enviro idiots demand is that we make that choice of a new technology today, long before we need to make that choice and long before thhe right choice is obvious.

        All these claims that the sky is falling are foolishness spouted by people who are willfully ignorant about the real state of our resources and who have yet to learn that mankind is constantly innovating and inventing and changing how we live our lives. To claim that running out of oil is an urgent issue that we must address is a statement born of ignorance and a desire to impose someone’s ideological agenda upon the rest of the world without any real justification for doing so.

  • Vagabond661

    “some members of Congress (several of them Republicans) to lift the current ban on the export of crude oil originating in the USA.”
    Does that mean several of them were Democrats too?

    • jim_m

      David is only concerned about bashing concservativfes. approximately 90% of his posts are along those lines

  • jim_m

    David, according to Argonne National Lab, our oil reserves from the Green River Basin alone would supply 100% of our oil needs for the next 400 years given current extraction technologies.

    Now, I understqand that you are e lefty so it may comme as a shock to you to hear that it is almost certain that our abilities to extract oil from shale deposits will improve over the next 400 years so we will likely get more than the current projections.

    That is just one deposit. There are many more and more are being discovered. So what is the point of your left wing, the sky is falling bullshit?

    • I am as much a lefty as President Obama is a conservative.

      • jim_m

        Do yourself a favor and read Julian Simon’s “The Ultimate Resource”. This article does a good job of destroying your other Neo Mathusian friends like Paul Ehrlich and showing them for being the short sighted, unimaginative, arrogant fools that they really are.

        All these theories resrt on the basic assumption that mankind is a plague upon the earth and that our existance is morally wrong. Knowing that helps understand the people who adhere to such ideas.

    • Brucehenry

      Do you have a link for your claim about the Argonne lab and Green River?

      • jim_m

        I’ve posted this information several times before. My memory was somewhat in error, Argonne claims 400 years at 25% of US consumption.

        If oil shale could be used to meet a quarter of that demand, the estimated 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil from the Green River Formation would last for more than 400 years1.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Is there a difference between ‘running out of oil’ and ‘having oil but refusing to use it’?

  • Tanuki Man

    “Peak oil” again. Back to the 70s with you David.

  • jim_m

    Since the sun is expected to eventually destroy itself, we should stop calling solar a renewable resource because eventually it will run out.

  • Commander_Chico

    As a stockholder in XOM I approve of this bill. As an American, not so much.

    All it will do is narrow the spread between Brent and NYMEX.