Rip Off or Politics as usual?? What do you think?

Jun 9, 2008
Important – read all this message if you are fed up with gas prices and willing to do something about it!

Check this out. Just imagine if this was to develop. We could see fuel in the $1.00/gallon range. Political nightmare? Why have our politicians not pushed hard for this development?? Who is reaping the profits while the middle class pays and pays more daily? Could it be that our politicians have allowed the oil companies to ignore this vast supply in exchange for “contributions”?? Take five or ten minutes to copy and send this email to ten of your friends and to all your federal representatives and senators. Let’s start a “grassroots” movement, to stop this huge rip-off and to maintain our way of life before it is too late!!!!

Subject: Williston Basin

1. Ever heard of the Bakken Formation? GOOGLE it. I did, and again, it BLEW my mind. The U.S. Geological Service issued a report in April ('08) that only scientists and oilmen/women knew was coming, but 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.
• "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.
• "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 straight.

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.

Unbelievable – read on

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 United States.
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, that's why!

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 upset enough to take some action--------------

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. 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.

If 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.

Here is a list to start with tell our do-nothing politicians what you think!
Current Congressional Leadership
Senate Leadership
Title Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Electronic Correspondence
President Pro Tempore Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
202-224-3954 202-228-0002

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
202-224-3542 202-224-7327

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
202-224-2541 202-224-2499

Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
202-224-4521 202-224-2207

House Leadership
Title Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Electronic Correspondence
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
202-225-4965 202-225-4188

Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD)
202-225-4131 202-225-4300

Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
202-225-3315 202-225-2313

Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH)
202-225-6205 202-225-0704

Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)
202-225-6536 202-225-5604

Add your local representatives from your state.
OK so maybe its just me but I find it very simplistic to say its only because we have not ask for them to drill her and forced them to. One there may be costs or technical issues holding it back, as just because there is oil, does not mean we can hit it always.
2. Some environmental reason that is not listed?
3. Some issues about where the drilling would have to go?
4. somehow I doubt the public needs to push for this, some oil company would be begging for it.

Long term we still need to get off oil regard;less of this, at best it could make the lessen the pain a bit and give more time to get there.
Republicans granted oil companies leasing rights to explore for such domestic oil reserves during their time in the Majority... It has taken this long for the research to pass through all the channels and red tape to be recognized as legitimate.

Too late though... In 2006 when the Democrats took over, they began repealing each of the leasing rights granted to oil companies and put an immediate halt on further exploration.

Cutting off our nose to spite our face.
This sounds far too simplistic to be true.

As a whole, that's pretty much the truth. Now maybe it endangered the wild snot nosed root worm, or some other equally stupid environmental reason, the ultimately it boils down to this...

The government wants to kill the oil industry in the US, and it's costing the public billions, and forcing us to be dependent on imported oil. The end.
The government wants to kill the oil industry in the US, and it's costing the public billions, and forcing us to be dependent on imported oil.

Democrats openly state they want us off ALL foreign oil, working to reverse NAFTA (Which is responsible for switching the majority of our foreign imports from Middle Eastern countries to where they now come from, Canada and Mexico) and preventing any further domestic expansion of oil production.


Lets not forget Democrats have placed Coal, Nuclear and Natural Gas off limits as well... Along with 90% of alternatives.

Does it really take a genius to figure out where the Democrats "Energy" (special emphasis on the quotes) policy will take us?
The government wants to kill the oil industry in the US, and it's costing the public billions, and forcing us to be dependent on imported oil. The end.

Please explain to me why a government would want to pay for more expensive, foreign oil and be dependent on other governments.