We can complain as much as we want about the gas prices, but it doesn’t do us any good. We need to come together as a country and come up with a short-terrm and a long-term solution to our energy crisis. We need energy to survive. Oil is the most efficient, most abundant energy we have right now, but it’s being controlled by countries that don’t like us. So, what’s the answer? The answer is finding alternative energy sources to become less dependent on foreign oil.
The Short-Term Solution: We need to drill for oil in areas like Anwar, the Mid-Atlantic Continental Shelf, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Long-Term Solution: Check out this link with two videos of Boone Pickens explaining his alternative energy plan. He wants to explore solar and wind energy to replace natural gas, so we can use oil solely for transportation. He thinks it will take five to ten years before the wind and solar energy could take over as a primary source of energy.
He’s a pretty smart guy, and he has a lot of good points. The United States was too comfortable with the amount of energy they were consuming, and they told the Middle East to keep it coming no matter what price it is. Well, the price was never bad until now. He also points out that in 1970, we imported 24% of our oil, and we now import over 70% of our oil. This is horrible for the economy, and now we are seeing what it does to an economy when we become so dependent on a foreign import commodity.
Watch both of the videos and post a comment about your thoughts.