In the past two weeks, the imperial president, Barack Obama, has delivered two edicts that stretch the mind of a person like me who was taught right and wrong half a century ago. On the one hand, Obama declared he would likely veto the Keystone XL pipeline even after the House passed it and before the Senate fell just one vote short. Five days later, Obama declared he would act without Congress and provide amnesty for up to 5 million Mexican illegal aliens.
I’ve been following the efforts made by the planners of the Keystone XL pipeline on both sides of the border for six years as they were strung along by Obama. The architects of the plan to send oil through the United States from Canada to refineries in the Gulf were deliberate and transparent. They crossed every “t” and they dotted every “i”. In the end, it did them no good.
On the other hand, Mexicans who, by hook or by crook, illegally snuck into the United States by the millions have been rewarded for their surreptitious actions. Obama has declared that America will take them in. As for the millions of Mexican suckers who waited in line for their legal turn to come to America, tough luck.
That got me to thinking — and for this I ask you to suspend disbelief for a moment — what if the Mexicans granted amnesty had waited their turn while the Keystone planners drilled secretly under American soil and just last week Obama discovered that the pipeline had not only been built without anyone’s knowledge but the spigots were ready to be turned on? What if those jobs, whether they be 50 or 5,000 were at hand and the Keystone XL pipeline was set to deliver?
Of course, that’s a ridiculous premise. You can’t tunnel under a country. But you can tunnel under a country’s border. And when you do that, you can get a big fat reward: amnesty! Big government rewards the cheats and punishes the true.
Plenty to be thankful for
I have good news this Thanksgiving. America needs neither the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada nor all those illegal Mexicans. America needs a smaller less intrusive government and no more imperial presidents.
That’s because America is the second-richest resource nation in the world. All it takes is that we the people wake up wanting less government and fewer dictates from presidents. When we do that, we won’t have to worry about being taken advantage of by Mexican illegals, Canadian pipeline companies or our Muslim adversaries.
That is a fact because of our enormous resource wealth across our giant land mass that is home to millions of legal, industrious Americans who have not been brainwashed by the progressive left, those who insist on renewable energy and declare that Muslims have no ulterior motives and only want peace.
Those who proclaim such are the defeatists, the Jimmy Carters and the Neville Chamberlains who want us to elect another imperial president who will take away any responsibility we have for our own free will. They are quite happy with presidents like Obama and George W. Bush who coddle Mexicans and apologize to Islam because of their oil. Instead, we need a president who declares the United States is independent of Arab oil and who, without breakthrough technologies in clean energy, damns the Greens and their taxation schemes.
America’s resource riches
Two years ago, 24/7 Wall St. did a detailed study of the 10 richest natural resource nations on Earth. The financial news site used a country’s total reserves at the then-market value of their resources. It calculated the total value of the proven reserves of 10 of the most valuable resources by country, which included oil, natural gas, coal, timber, gold, silver, copper, uranium, iron ore and phosphate.
Ahead of China, Canada, Saudi Arabia and second only to Russia was the United States. The report estimated that the U.S. has $45 trillion in resource assets and concluded:
The U.S. has 31.2% of the world’s proved coal reserves. Worth an estimated $30 trillion, this is by far the most valuable supply of any nation on earth. There is also 750 million forested acres in the country, which are worth nearly $11 trillion. Timber and coal combined are worth roughly 89% of the country’s total natural resource value. The U.S. is also in the top five nations globally for copper, gold and natural gas.
The U.S. has more than $10 trillion more in natural resource assets than does Saudi Arabia and $12 trillion dollars more than does Canada. As a result, our president shouldn’t be bowing down to anyone.
We know for a fact Obama doesn’t bow to Canada. But his crouching before the king of Saudi Arabia is perplexing and disturbing because it is not needed.
As of today, we could tell Saudi Arabia to take its oil and its radical Wasabi religion and shove it! For a spell, we might need some other imports — but not for long. That is because for the first time since the Nixon administration we are no longer dependent upon foreign oil. New recovery technologies such as horizontal drilling, 3-D mapping and fracking have made the United States once again the world’s oil kingpins. If we can break the grip of the Greens and explore Alaska’s rich petroleum reservoirs, the United States has the opportunity to become a major oil exporter.
The turnaround in U.S. barrels of oil produced has been mesmerizing, and I say this as a writer who two decades ago declared that America could become a petroleum cripple.
Daniel Yergin, the author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power” wrote:
For 10 years, the defining factor in the oil market was the growth of China and Chinese oil demand. Now the defining factor is the astonishing growth of U.S. oil production.
Last summer, Bloomberg wrote this headline: “U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking Saudi Arabia.”
The article reported that the United States was producing more than 11 million barrels per day in the first quarter of 2014 and there are more gushers in America’s future. Bloomberg reported that, according to the IEA, a Paris-based adviser, U.S. oil output will surge past 13 million barrels per day by 2019.
So I will borrow a line from a popular war movie, “Apocalypse Now.” It is in the fog of combat when Col. Bill Kilgore is inanely ordering his men to coordinate an attack on a Vietnamese village. In his air cavalry hat and scarf, he declares this after American jets drop napalm on the enemy: “The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end.”
Our ongoing war with Islam, largely over their oil, can be won soon. That is because American oil is being easily pumped from our domestic oilfields and refined into cheaper and cheaper gasoline. To me that smells like victory!
Wishing you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving,