ENERGY: it’s what’s for dinner

You’re probably just like me.

You go to the gas station, put in your credit card, start to fill up the tank, and immediately look away from the pump. You talk with folks near you. Fiddle with your keys. Sing. Work out the lyrics from “Someone Saved My Life Tonight“. ANYTHING to keep from letting the cost of today’s tank of gas to actually soak into your consciousness!!

………OK, maybe not just like me….

But: I’ll bet you’d like to pay less for gas, or at least feel better about WHY you’re paying so much, right? Wouldn’t you like to hear about the current energy situation from an industry expert, rather than from a beat reporter or (worse) a news anchor, whose only energy experience is buying extra Rayovacs on their way home?

Hugh Hewitt** currently has a special guest-blog on his website right now which addresses ENERGY. The author is Tim Dunn, CEO of CrownQuest Operating, one of the top oil producers in Texas.

Here’s a sample of Tim Dunn’s excellent first effort:

“The 5-Minute ENERGY Blog: Post 1” by Tim Dunn

Energy is to the economy what food is to a human.  You can’t get much more basic than the need to eat.  Energy provides the ability for humans to accomplish many times more than their own physical efforts.  It is energy that drives the machines that allows an American to be many times more productive than workers in non-industrial economies, from tractors to computers. 
The US economy needs Calories to burn for the same reason the human body needs Calories to burn: to accomplish work and activity, to generate heat and support life.  Impoverished people do not have sufficient Calories from food, so they suffer a lack of energy to work and might even die. 
So what is the outlook for “food” for our economy?  Are we headed for a subsistence diet of gruel and bread crust, or will we continue to eat beef and potatoes?
I would say “It depends.”  It depends on a number of factors.  But what I believe it depends on most is the political choices Americans make over the next dozen or so years.  And the primary question is “Who decides?”  Who will make energy choices for Americans?
If we decide as a country that policy experts in Washington DC should make decisions about energy, then I predict the bureaucracy economy in DC will be very fat and powerful, and the rest of the economy will get very thin and weak.  On the other hand, if we are able to retain our heritage of self-governance, and allow individual Americans to make their own choices in a free marketplace of ideas, businesses and consumer choices, then I think we will have a fit and prosperous economy for the indefinite future. 
And, of course, the bureaucrat economy will have to go on a diet.

We are an advanced culture primarily because of energy. If you’re even a little curious about our country’s energy future, be sure to read all of his posts:

**Bias Note: My wife and I have both been big Hugh Hewitt fans for years now. 

Host of a VERY entertaining radio show from California, Hewitt is also a practicing lawyer, a law professor at Chapman University, and a rabid Cleveland Browns fan (I try to not hold that last one against him). He also worked for almost 6 years in the Reagan administration.

If you’ve never heard him, check him out.

6 responses to “ENERGY: it’s what’s for dinner

  1. LivinRightinPGH

    This morning, in their “Morning Bell” blog, Heritage:

    “Last week, Heritage’s Lachlan Markay reported on a video showing EPA Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz describe his agency’s “philosophy of enforcement” with respect to oil and gas companies — likening it to brutal tactics employed by the ancient Roman amy to intimidate its foes into submission. With a wry smile, Armendariz detailed the joy with which the EPA inflicts punishment on the disfavored industries:

    QUOTE: It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer the villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere and they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. END QUOTE.

    Is it ANY wonder that with this jack-booted style of regulation and enforcement, the energy producers (who DRIVE this economy) are being crippled? Yeah, yeah, yeah…’s ALL for the “environment”…I’ve heard that line of tripe before. Let’s be honest and call it what it is: a direct attack on the fuel that drives a capitalist economy. It’s just easier to hide behind the wall of “Green” and environmentalism.

    The administration is probably wishing they had a Polar Bear to act as their front man on this…..

  2. It’s been said many times, but looking at the energy and other policies of this administration a reasonable person can only conclude that what the “president” and his flying monkeys want is a weaker private economy. The primary thrust of administration policiesy—across the board and from day 1—has been to exert more governmental control in as many parts as possible of the economy and the lives of average citizens. That’s what Obamacare was about, that’s what is driving the ever-increasing numbers of people dependent on food aid and other government handouts, and that’s the primary aim of the current energy policy.

    The real question in the upcoming election is: Have the majority of people of this country been dumbed down to the point of being incapable of any type of critical thinking? I have faith that the answer is still no, but we are going to have to be vigilant to keep this election from being stolen in the corrupt Democrat warrens of the inner cities.

    Looking at the damage he’s already done, it’s frightening to ponder what Obama might do in a second term, when, as he put it, he’ll “have more flexibility.”

    For starters, May 1 might look something like this again: Just replace Red Square with Pennsylvania Avenue and the Soviet leadership with Obama and his cronies.

  3. Hello! Gas prices are going down!

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