A email buddy sent me this. I haven't verified any of the info. If this is true, why hasn't our elected officials done something? I intend to send a copy of this to everyone of my elected officals.
Subject: The cost of gas (INTERESTING)
Subject: Fw: the cost of gas please pass this on to everyone you know!
Like you, I've been absolutely blown away by what has happened to the price
of a gallon of gas. More like just plain MAD! But it's time (way past
time, obviously) for all of us to put up, or shut up. And by that I mean
quit belly-aching to one another (trust me - I do it as well - so I'm
talking to myself, too, here!) ... and DO SOMETHING. And trust me ... not
buying gas from one or two of the 'Big Boys' for a month, or electing to not
buy gas on a given day is not the answer. The answer is one I know you
know, and have heard many times before from people a lot more well-versed in
this than me: LESSENING our dependence on foreign oil.
Just poking around the Internet recently, I simply "Googled" the search
"Untapped U.S. Oil Reserves," and the result (like the current price of a
gallon of gas - BLEW ME AWAY! Go ahead, take a minute and see for youself!
Never mind, I'll share some of the highlights I found.
1. Ever heard of the Bakken Formation? GOOGLE it. I did, and again, BLEW
my mind. The U.S. Geological Service issued a report in April ('08) that
only scientists and oilmen/women knew was coming, but man was it big. It
was a revised report (hadn't been updated since '95) on how much oil was in
this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota; western South Dakota; and
extreme eastern Montana ... check THIS out:
The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska's Prudhoe Bay,
and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion
barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable... at $107 a barrel,
we're looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.
a.. "When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see
their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea." says Terry Johnson, the Montana
Legislature's financial analyst.
b.. "This sizeable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field
found in the past 56 years," reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
It's a formation known as the Williston Basin, but is more commonly referred
to as the "Bakken." And it stretches from Northern Montana, through North
Dakota and into Canada.
For years, U.S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end. Even the
"Big Oil" companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago.
However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken's
massive reserves... and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels.
And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost
Americans just $16 PER BARREL!
That's enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 41 years
2. [And if THAT didn't throw you on the floor, then this next one should -
because it's from TWO YEARS AGO, people!]
U.S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World!
Stansberry Report Online - 4/20/2006
Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains
lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world is more
than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush
mandated its extraction.
[(???) What the!??]
They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders, than
all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:
-8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia
-18-times as much oil as Iraq
-21-times as much oil as Kuwait
-22-times as much oil as Iran
-500-times as much oil as Yemen - and it's all right here in the Western
[HOW can this BE!? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this!? Because we've not D
E M A N D E D Legislation to come out of Washington allowing its extraction,
James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we've got more oil in this
very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION barrels.
Untapped. That's more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil
in the world today, reports The Denver Post.
Don't think "Big Oil" will drop its price - even with this find? Think
again! It's all about the competitive marketplace, and if they can extract
it (here) for less, they can afford to sell it for less - and if they DON'T,
others will. It will come down - it has to.
[Got your attention/ire up yet? Hope so! Now, while you're thinking about
it ... and hopefully P.O'd, do this:
3. Take 5-10 minutes and compose an e-mail; fax or good old-fashioned
letter to our elected officials in Washington ... and their respected
leaders. We'll start with them, and here's how you can send them your
e-mail/fax, DEMANDING the immediate Legislation/an Energy PLAN that calls
for tapping into these (OUR OWN!) Reserves, as well as allowing for the
offshore drilling for OUR oil, in OUR offshore waters and Inter-continental
shelf ... not to mention Alaska. Technology ain't what it used to be people
(ever had arthroscopic surgery?). They can surgically extract OUR oil, and
get us on the way to at least some measure of Energy independence.
You don't take a little time to do this, then you should stifle yourself the
next time you want to complain about gas prices ... because by doing
NOTHING, you've forfeited your right to complain.
Current Congressional Leadership
President Pro Tempore
Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD)
James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
John A. Boehner (R-OH)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
And, our Ohio elected officials:
Residents of Ohio are represented in Congress by 2 Senators and 18
Senator George Voinovich (R- OH)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH)
Representative Steve Chabot (R - 01)
Representative Jean Schmidt (R - 02)
Representative Mike Turner (R - 03)
Representative Jim Jordan (R - 04)
Representative Robert E. Latta (R - 05)
Representative Charles Wilson (D - 06)
Representative David L. Hobson (R - 07)
Representative John A. Boehner (R - 08)
Representative Marcy Kaptur (D - 09)
Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D - 10)
Representative Stephanie T. Jones (D - 11)
Representative Patrick J. Tiberi (R - 12)
Representative Betty Sutton (D - 13)
Representative Steve C. LaTourette (R - 14)
Representative Deborah Pryce (R - 15)
Representative Ralph Regula (R - 16)
Representative Tim Ryan (D - 17)
Representative Zack T. Space (D - 18)