60% of the voters are for drilling off the coasts and in wildlife preserves. That statistic from an article from Larry Kudlow, ( http://www.kudlowsmoneypolitics.blogspot.com/ ). And Newt Gingrich with his "Drill Now, Drill Here, Pay Less" campaign should wake up Washington to the fact that the public is not fooled by their petty pandering. Obama with his "wind-fall profits tax", what the hell is a Wind-fall profit anyway, someones in the right place at the right time and put in the hard work to be there and the government wants to punish them for it? As I write this the government of Russia is lowering the taxes on their oil companies, helping them explore and produce more. But our possible future president wants to increase taxes and take away tax breaks that assist them in their exploration and development of new resources. This makes no since, especially in a very slow economy as we have now.
Instead of handing out another $50 billion in a stimulus package as Obama suggests, how about taking that $50 billion and investing it some new drilling off the Florida coasts, ANWR and my favorite, building more Nuclear power plants. As I've stated in the past, if government would get out of the way and let Americans do what we do best, innovate and produce, that $50 billion would come back to the government 10 fold in new business and personal tax revenue. But that's not all I'd like to see.
How about this for a concept: Many more nuclear power plants, producing a much higher percentage of our power needs than today, and the use of state of the art electric cars. Now I know what you might be thinking, electric cars, those golf carts on steroids, no thanks. But what if you could go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds in one. And what if you could travel for more than 220 miles before you hand to recharge. And what if you could recharge in less than 4 hours. And what if your car looked like this:
Now, yes, this car is expensive, about $109,000, but it's the first one. Plans are in the works to produce a 4 door version that we can only expect to go longer, be a little more family friendly, and be more affordable. And as any new technology, time has a way of bringing down the costs as more are produced and costs per unit decrease. This car runs of the same type of battery technology as your cell phone or lap top computer use, lithium batteries. There are over 6800 lithium batteries in this car alone. And they will last 100,000 miles, then they will start to loose some of their storage capacity. And disposing of them is much more environmentally friendly than lead acid or nickel type batteries. Read more about the Tesla "Dark Star" here: http://www.teslamotors.com/design/wallpaper.php
With Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and with Zero Emission Power, Nuclear plants, so many problems are solved. Immense reduction in oil imports, 68% of oil is used to power our cars and other transportation, less reliance on fossil fuels for power, which will result in much less Co2 going in to the atmosphere. Less Co2 will appease the "Greenies" that think we are the cause of our world warming up. Less reliance on foreign powers for our energy needs provides us security in a dangerous world. We could lead the way in the world to the next big technologies in battery power and ZEV production.
Let us innovate and produce and we, America, will again lead, leading the world out of fossil fuel dependence to a world of energy independence for any country that will follow our lead.