Whether you are Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc., the price of oil will affect you. 

This article is outdated right now, but who knows what will happen in the future.



Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

By Newt Gingrich - Posted05/20/2008 ET


Last week, liberals in Congress voted for the equivalent of a $150 billion dollar tax increase. They voted to make your next trip to the gas station more expensive; to make your next airplane ticket more expensive; to make heating your home more expensive -- even to make feeding your family more expensive.


How did they do it? By voting to block environmentally sound production of U.S. energy in favor of continuing to be held hostage to oil from foreign dictatorships. I'll explain in a minute.


My Dad, Your Dad, and the Importance of History


First, I want to talk about my dad, your dad, and the importance of history.


My dad was a career army officer, and it's no exaggeration to say that he is responsible for the path I've taken in my life. When I was fifteen, Dad took me to visit the battlefield at Verdun, in France. It was the bloodiest battle of World War I, one of the bloodiest wars of the 20th century. As I came to understand the tremendous destructiveness of the battle -- and the distinct possibility that its outcome could have been different -- I knew that I would devote the rest of my life to standing between civilization and the madness of places like Verdun.


So in a very real way it's my father that I'm thinking about when I write my novels (with co-author and historian William Forstchen) of  'active' or alternative history. My latest, the second in our Pacific War series, entitled Days of Infamy, is now out. As Father's Day approaches and you think about your father, consider a signed Days of Infamy or Pearl Harbor as a gift. They're exciting and informative looks at an important part of our history.


'A Vote That Would Make a Difference in People's Lives'


Who is to blame for our high gas prices?  The oil companies?  The Saudis? OPEC? The answer, unfortunately, is closer to home: The 'No-We-Can't' Left in Congress.


Last Thursday, with oil at $124 a barrel, liberals on the Senate Appropriations committee voted to block environmentally sound development of oil shale in Colorado.


According to the Investors Business Daily there are an estimated 1 trillion barrels of oil trapped in shale in the U.S. and Canada. Retrieving just a tenth of it would quadruple our current oil reserves.


But the 'No-We-Can't' Left in Congress -- as they're prone to do -- said no, and Americans will pay the price. Colorado Senator Wayne Allard (R) put it best when he said, 'If we are really serious about reducing pain at the pump, this is a vote that would make a difference in people's lives.'


Saudi Arabia Did More Last Week to Lower Gas Prices Than Congress Did


The Left just doesn't seem to get it. They spent much of last week ridiculing the President for visiting Saudi Arabia in an effort to lower oil prices. Here's what Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Friday:


'The president seems to value his friendship with the Saudis more than his obligation to help the American people with gas prices.'


But what Senator Schumer doesn't seem to understand is that the Saudis did more last week to lower oil prices than liberals in Congress did.


While liberals were voting to prevent domestic production from oil shale, the Saudis, following President Bush's visit, agreed to boost their oil output by 300,000 barrels a day. It won't fix the problem, but at least it won't make it worse, which is exactly what liberals in Congress did last week.


As Americans, we all need to ask ourselves the following: Which is it --the Congress or Saudi Arabia -- that has a greater obligation to ease our energy prices? And which is the greater obstacle to energy independence and security?


The Left's Answer: More Pain, Not More Production


As I mentioned, the higher energy prices Americans are paying are the equivalent of a huge tax increase. One economist calculated that the price of oil rising from $80 a barrel to $100 a barrel had the same effect on Americans' pocket books as a $150 billion tax increase -- and the price of oil has risen an additional $27 since then!


So how is it that the liberals in Congress, faced with an opportunity like the one last week to lessen this burden on Americans, could reject it without a second thought?


Once again, the answer seems to boil down to three little words: 'No we can't.'


Change Jimmy Carter Can Believe In


Campaigning in Oregon last week, Senator Barack Obama seemed to forget his campaign theme of' Yes We Can,' telling his fellow Americans that more pain -- not more production -- is the answer. He responded to a question about America's role in reducing global energy consumption like this:


'We can't tell [other countries], don't grow. We can't -- drive our SUVs and you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on you know, 72 degrees at all times, and whether we're living in the desert or we're living in the tundra, and then just expect that every other country's going to say OK.'


I have two reactions to this.


First, I'm used to my doctor telling me I can't eat as much as I want, but it sounds eerie coming from a politician. Is the 'No We Can't' Left planning to ban the buffet line as well?


Second, and more importantly, telling the next generation of Americans that they can't have the lifestyle that their parents enjoyed is defeatist and wrong. It is a rejection of the energy, optimism and innovation that has made this nation great.


It's also all too similar to President Carter in February of 1977  when he called the energy shortage 'permanent' and called on Americans to turn their thermostat down to '65 degrees in the daytime and 55 degrees at night.'


Of  course, the energy shortage was anything but permanent. Just like today, it was an artificial creation of stupid government policies. Ronald Reagan's first official act as President was to deregulate the oil industry. Oil prices dropped soon after.


I guess 'Yes We Can' only applies to reenacting the Jimmy Carter presidency.


Americans Can Control Our Own Energy Destiny


Our energy and environment challenges are real. But America has the technological know-how and the entrepreneurial spirit to overcome them. And, as I pointed out last week, Americans overwhelmingly support more domestic production of energy to help ease gas prices.


We --not the Saudis or the oil companies -- control our energy future. We just need the political will to do so.


High energy prices aren't theoretical, they have real consequences for real people. The answer, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, isn't easy, but it's simple -- so simple it could fit on a bumper sticker:





When gas is $4.00 a gallon or more in some places, gas rationing (as it was done in WWII and briefly in the early 70's) will be talked about again in social and political circles.  But why?  This is America, where "Black oil and Texas Tea" are as, or was as big an industry as is, or was, our fancy “horseless carriages”.  What got us into this situation in the first place?


Somehow our country handed over our gasoline economy and gave it to Saudi Arabia.  And now, the Saudis are boycotting some American products...


Shouldn't we return the favor?  Can't we take control of our own destiny and let these giant oil importers know who REALLY generates their profits, their livings?  How about leaving American dollars in America and reducing the import/export deficit?


An appealing remedy might be to boycott their GAS. 


Every time you fill up your car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. 


It’s as simple as this - Just purchase gas from companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis. 


Personally, nothing is more frustrating than knowing that when I fill up my tank, I'm sending my money to people who, I get the impression, want me, my family, and my friends dead.   Don't you think it might be of interest to know which oil companies import Middle Eastern oil and which do not?


These companies import Middle Eastern oil:

Shell                                                                                   205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco                                                                144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil                                                                     130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway                                                         117,740,000 barrels
Amoco                                                                                62,231,000 barrels


In addition, CITGO oil is imported from Venezuela by Dictator Hugo Chavez, who hates America and openly avows our economic destruction!  (We pay Chavez's regime nearly $10 Billion per year in oil revenues!)


The U.S. currently imports 5,517,000 barrels of crude oil per day from OPEC.  Currently we are paying over $120 per barrel, that's over $662 million PER DAY (over $241 BILLION per year!) handed over to OPEC, many of whose members are our confirmed enemies!


Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

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Valero                                                                                    0 barrels


An interesting note: Murphy Oil USA -  sold at Wal-Mart is from South Arkansas and produced in the USA.  They also support their town by giving  scholarships to students who graduate from high school.


All of this information is available from the U.S. Department of Energy and each company is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.


For this information to have a real impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers.  With the help of the internet, it's simple to do.  …Now, don't wimp out at this point...keep reading and you’ll see how simple it is to reach millions of people!





Verified with www.SNOPES.com: In October, at Citgo stations across the USA, regular gas is priced on average, about $3.50 per gallon.  Customers are sparce.  However, in the gas stations across the street, or down the road, gas is selling for a few cents more and all the pumps have cars waiting to fuel. 


In the past few month, most of the Citgo signs have disappeared.  Very clever move by Chavez.  But guess what CITGO IS CHANGING ITS NAME TO  PETRO EXPRESS


Chavez is in the process of getting a Russian Weapons Factory built by Russian President Putin.  The RUSSIANS are building an AK-47 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle factory in Venezuela to give armament support to Communist Rebel groups throughout the Americas. 


Chavez NOW has IRANIANS operating his oil refineries in Venezuela for him. It is likely only a matter of time, if not already, before Chavez has Iranian built LONG RANGE missiles, with a variety of warhead types aimed at.... Guess Who? 


CITGO is NOW in the process of Changing its name to PETRO EXPRESS due to the loss of gasoline sales in the USA due to the recent publicity of ownership by Chavez of Venezuela. 


Every dollar you spend with CITGO or PETRO EXPRESS gasoline will be used  against you, your basic human rights, and your freedoms.  He could start wars here in the Americas that could cause the death of millions. 


THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT because Chavez is starting to feel the loss of revenue from his holdings.  CHAVEZ OWNS CITGO


Announced just recently, Citgo, being aware that sales are down due to U.S. customers not wanting to buy from 'CITGO-CHAVEZ,' has started to change the name of some of their stores to: 'PETRO EXPRESS.'



BOYCOTT  'CITGO' AND 'PETRO EXPRESS'  Pass this information on to every American you know.


In addition, CITGO oil is imported from Venezuela by Dictator Hugo Chavez, who hates America and openly avows our economic destruction!  (We pay Chavez's regime nearly $10 Billion per year in oil revenues!)


The U.S. currently imports 5,517,000 barrels of crude oil per day from OPEC.  Currently we are paying over $120 per barrel, that's over $662 million PER DAY (over $241 BILLION per year!) handed over to OPEC, many of whose members are our confirmed enemies!


Take action personally.  Copy and paste this information below onto a large card and put it in your car(s) to remind you where to buy gas.


Copy this and post it in your car

   YES - Buy gas here!

   BP / Phillips 
   Flying J
   Murphy Oil


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   NO - Don't buy gas here!

   Chevron & Texaco
   Exxon & Mobil
   Marathon & Speedway

  62+ million barrels
144+ million barrels
        Venezuela oil
130+ million barrels
117+ million barrels
205+ million barrels


Tell others what you are doing.  Copy and paste this message (webpage), into an email and send it off to 10 people and ask them to do the same.  It’s as simple as that! 


The math is astounding.  If each of you send this message to only 10 people and they send it to 10 people, and so forth, before long ONE  HUNDRED MILLION GAS-BUYING AMERICAN CONSUMERS would start buying gas at the stations listed above. 

This would effectively do two things, 

  • ONE,  stop the glut of profits OPEX plunders on our financial backs, and 

  • TWO, bring down the price of gas OPEX charges per barrel so they can compete with the non-Middle Eastern importers.

There are THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE in the entire population of the United States of America.  ONE  HUNDRED MILLION GAS-BUYING CONSUMERS will change everything and we won't have to wait for Congress to do anything.


Again, all you have to do is get this message out to 10 people. How long would this take?  With one cycle a day about 7 or 8 days (10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000, 10,000,000, 100,000,000).


Now, every time you fill up you car, I hope you will remember this webpage.  Don’t put it off.  Let’s get it done.


By Newt Gingrich


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