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The export numbers you cite are a little disingenuous. They are a function of what we refine, not the result of what we extract. We are able to use our refining capacity to churn out the finished products that countries like Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Guatemala, Canada, France, Argentina, & Turkey can't produce on their own. Crude is the grist for that mill, and the import v. export numbers on that score are undeniable:
Total U.S. imports per month: 343,152. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration http://184.108.40.206/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm
Total U.S. exports per month: 96,933. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration http://220.127.116.11/dnav/pet/pet_move_exp_dc_NUS-Z00_mbbl_m.htm
After flushing billions down solar-energy snowjobs, smothering offshore exploration, preaching the purchase of electric clown cars that nobody wants, 86ing the Keystone pipeline, and reducing oil lease approval to a snail's pace, the Dept of Energy is relentlessly moving closer toward a goal set by the administration at its inception: In 2008, Energy-Secretary-in-waiting Steven Chu said that what Americans pay for gasoline should be inflated "to the levels in Europe.”
France: $5.54. Germany: $5.57. UK: $5.79. Sweden: $5.80. Belgium: $5.91. Italy: $5.96. Netherlands: $6.48.
Way to go, Mr. Secretary. With just a little more effort, you and your boss's vision may soon be realized for all of us.
Interesting how Memnoch127 & I can cite data from the same 2002 DOJ study, and only one of us is peddling "lies." Instructive, I think, that he's the one cowering behind a veil of anonymity; that the high school girl whose essay provokes the discussion has bigger cojones than he does.
Your compassion and idealism are compelling. And, with all due respect, more than a little naïve. There are reasons that societies throughout history have shunned and despised those found guilty of crimes like those Dale Mathew Waite was convicted of – both before and after they have “paid their debt.”
According to a Department Of Justice study, sex offenders are four times more likely to commit another sex crime after their release than non-sex offenders.
*The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old; the median age of rape victims was about 22 years.
*Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.
*Approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 States in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.
*Among child molesters released from prison in 1994, 60% had been in prison for molesting a child 13 years old or younger.
(Excerpts from the DOJ study, cut & pasted from Wikipedia)
You've asserted a couple of things I couldn't agree more strongly with:
As to the first point, while Dale Mathew Waite has "paid his debt", I choose not to forgive him. Your characterization of his "unforgivable choices" couldn't be more appropriate. As to the second, you're quite right: we don't need vigilantes. We are obliged to be VIGILANT regarding a convicted criminal who has exhibited a decades-long pattern of reprehensible behavior. If that vigilance makes him uncomfortable or unhappy, he has only to consult a mirror for the reasons why.
I'll reserve my sympathy and compassion for his victims.
Once he's in one of those DOC snakepits, I hope they let him mingle with the general population. Maintenance of GenPop may cost more than a bullet, but those boys have a way of meting out, shall we say, more commensurate justice to abusers of children. A bullet is more than this maggot deserves.
"...our earth needs to do a huge purging of populations..."
Really? How, exactly?
The nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle practiced by those like the Native Americans requires one square mile per inhabitant. The entire land surface of the earth would be unable to sustain the population of California, living as the Native Americans did.
"...and yes there is such a word as gramer…"
lol. Have a great time at your next GED reunion.
"...Colvin’s criminal record includes three prior arrests for driving under the influence."
Three DUIs? Ye gods.
Before criticizing someone else’s grammar, you might consider elevating your spelling above the 3rd-grade level. There’s no such word as “grammer.”
Right on the money re: China & India. The pressure they exert on the demand side of the equation is likely to make domestic production more feasible than it's been in my lifetime.
You raise a relevant point, but it's not nearly as valid as it has been during most of my lifetime, in the wake of the massive deposits located all over the world in the last 10-20 years: Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, & Canada; and the emergence of Russia as a major player.
Big Brother needs to get out of the way and let the chips fall where they may.
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