Trump, the gift that keeps on giving

“Trump stated that the US had 1.5 times the oil of all Opec countries combined. But at the end of 2014, the US had proven reserves of just under 40bn barrels, while Saudi Arabia alone had proven reserves of 268bn barrels.”
Note that America uses 7 billion barrels of oil a year, so that 40bn barrels reserve only equals about 6 years oil. Sure, it could be stretched out to last longer as they buy oil from other places and can use fracking to displace some, but that’s not what Trump promised. He promised total  energy independence! Good luck with that mate!
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2 Responses to Trump, the gift that keeps on giving

  1. Of course what he is referring to is energy of all types. The US is an energy rich country. We have huge amounts of coal, fracking shale oil and natural gas, the leading technology for nuclear, solar and other technologies. We have biofuel possibilities. We should not be importing energy. We should be a net energy exporter. The potential jobs and benefits are enormous from this and it is insane that instead we give hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars every year to people who are our enemies. We have spent 6 trillion dollars in the Middle East trying to make it more civilized and democratic and suffered the death of 10s of thousands of Americans for zero benefit. Not a single democracy for all that. Terrorism is up. We have to stop giving money to our enemies.

    It’s also no benefit to the environment to simply push the problems on other countries. If we need some dirty fuel we might as well make it here ourselves and do it as clean as we can. If the US can do this in the next 8 years we will generate millions of jobs just in that.

  2. Eclipse Now says:

    The thing is, you don’t need dirty fuel. You SHOULD be energy independent, but also not killing 10’s of thousands of your fellow Americans with lung and throat cancers and lung conditions brought on by coal particulate dust etc. I don’t know why a smart guy like yourself defends Trump when the best science on the planet shows climate change to be real, fossil fuels to be far more deadly than any nuclear accident ever, and then Trump can’t even quote how much oil you actually have! Does America have 1.5 times the oil of all OPEC nations or not? No! Is climate change a worldwide conspiracy? No! Has even the Pentagon reported concerns about it being a threat to national security? Yes! If I were Trump I would issue an emergency decree nationalising energy production and pump out GenIV, nuclear waste eating reactors like GE’s S-PRISM, and I’d also prohibit the sale of gasoline based cars within 5 years as some European countries have, and massively ramp up the “Blue Crude” industry to replace fossil diesel with renewable nuclear-cracked diesel from seawater. All of these technologies are explained under 1. Refuel and 4. Recharge above. Energy independence? For sure! A recalcitrant and stubborn knee jerk reaction back to 18th century technologies that kill Americans and warm the planet and will, ultimately, run out one day? For Pete’s sake, why?

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