We have a solution to high gas prices

Discussion in 'The OT' started by davejacobson, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    So are just about every valuable mineral. Everything jewelry wise comes from those same areas and are owned by most of the same people. So suddenly getting off oil will not bankrupt these regimes. Without getting political it's the people who own our debt who are more dangerous than those we pay to drive around a lot.
  2. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    The solution (to high gas prices, which is the topic of this thread) is to open up drilling in our own reserves just enough to force other providers to lower their prices to an acceptable level. I would much rather use up every one else's oil before we get serious about our own.
  3. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    You know, I did that. Spent a lot of money replacing every light switch in my house with controllable dimmers. Now all lights come on at a max of 83% and some quite a bit lower, and no one can tell the difference. Other lights are timed (like closets) to automatically go off after 15 minutes.

    So I did my part. So what does the government do, they go and ban bulbs that work well with my dimmers.

    My current project is sealing every air leak in my attic and adding insulation. I expect the next thing the government will try is to control my thermostat to set my A/C at 78 even though my house will use less energy at 72 than others will at 78.

    While I don't think I could ever do it, I get why people go "off the grid".
  4. durl

    durl Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2003
    I should have clarified my point. I mentioned those discoveries to show that more oil continues to be discovered all around the globe (including the US) and that the current supplies are not static. Also, there's a good supply of oil in US-owned areas but we're barred from retrieving it.

    I agree that oil is a national security matter which is why I believe we should be obtaining it from within our own borders to lessen our dependence on less then friendly nations. Research into alternatives should also continue (just not with government subsidies, IMO), but oil is the best all-around option we have now.

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