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August 26, 2008

Imminent Threat: Our Enemies and the American Energy Scandal

Scandals abound in Washington, but this one just might kill you. Due to our lack of a sound energy policy, America is imperiled by our enemies. From Saudi Arabia and Iran to Venezuela to other OPEC nations, messages of hate targeting America have become standard fare. Ironically, we are financing terrorists and terrorist nations by annually importing seven billion dollars' worth of oil from our enemies. 

Amazingly, America is rich in its own natural resources like oil, gas and coal, but our own government has placed a moratorium on drilling. 

In his booklet “When Night Fell on a Different World,” Chuck Colson reminded Christians that the first business of the government is to ensure the “safety and future of the people.” But what is happening is that our representatives in both houses of Congress are posturing instead of developing a reasonable energy plan, and our enemies are raking in the dough while holding us over a barrel.

For instance, Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez has made no secret of his desire to “play forcefully” against us, and one of his minions, a convert via the Hezbollah movement to Islam, concurs by promising to “sabotage the transportation of oil from Latin America to the U.S.”

But it doesn’t stop there. People in other oil-producing countries are chanting, “Death to America!"

Like the Wahhabi extremists. The movement wouldn’t have amounted to much, except that Americans financed it. As Robert Zubrin points out in “Achieving Energy Victory,” we financed the Saudis, who in turned financed the terrorists. It almost sounds like a nursery rhyme, but our lack of prudence has deadly consequences. Zubrin observes, “Without rivers of treasure to feed its roots, this horrific movement could neither grow nor thrive.”

Here are a couple of items you might not know:
Cuba is selling leasing rights to the highest bidder, like China, to drill for oil right off the coast of Florida. You can bet they won’t care about the environment.
• In our own coast lines, Mineral Management Services estimates we have billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. The Great Lakes, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming are other areas rich in fuel resources. (You can find more documentation on MMS's website.) 
• Taxpayers have funded technology which converts coal to liquid fuel—but Congress has refused to allow us to use it. 
• Over 100,000 jobs would be generated in American energy industry if we drilled for oil while continuing to develop other energy solutions like hydrogen, solar, wind and fuel diversification.
• Seventy-five percent of Americans want to drill for oil.

We can still do something about it before it’s too late. As statesman Daniel Webster said, “Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests…”

So call your House and Senate members, and tell them to cut short their vacations, put personal agendas aside and deal with this economic and national security crisis.  Let them know it’s intolerable that we are financing our own demise. 

Our survival as a nation is only going to be through fervent prayer to God to have mercy upon us because if he doesn’t, like a poisonous snake, despots and tyrants are poised to strike. Freedom and liberty are tenuous things, so I hope my fellow countrymen will band together to resist tyranny by using our own resources and putting a stop to financing evil. 

Other articles about this scandal can be read here, here, here, and here.

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Only God can ensure our future.

The role of the civil government is to defend from invaders abroad and bandits within; to raise an army and to administer justice.

Other matters of societal welfare belong to other spheres, such as the family, the churches, and the voluntary associations.

Tom Gilson

Pray for the candidate and the country. Violence against Obama would be multiply horrific: it would be wrong in itself, it would be tragic for him and his family, it would be a horror not only for his own party but for the nation's electoral process, and it could provoke widespread anger such as we have not seen in a long time.

Gina Dalfonzo

Tom, was this meant to go here?


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