Whitsett's August 12 newsletter
$4.30 per gallon, the cost of gasoline continues to
make headlines, and to fuel political debate
regarding the artificial restrictions of domestic
oil and gas supply created by our bankrupt national
Meanwhile the perfect economic storm is quietly
forming. The next train wreck will come in the dead
of the winter in the form of unaffordable energy for
home heating. The primary heat sources for most
American homes are natural gas and fuel oil. More
than 50 million homes are heated with natural gas,
and an additional 8 million are heated with fuel
On average, the cost for natural gas is projected to
increase by about 67 percent by the winter months.
The cost of fuel oil is already near $5 per gallon,
representing at least a 50 percent increase in cost
over last year.
That obscene cost is expected to increase
significantly more by the winter months. The
escalating cost of electricity has already
eliminated that energy source from most home heating
plans. Cost pressures from environmental regulation
and from escalating fossil fuel prices will
certainly continue to drive electricity to
unaffordable levels for home heating use.
The bottom line is that we may expect a near certain
doubling of our home heating costs from last year’s
prices, which were already oppressive and beyond the
means of many of our citizens.
The Wall Street Journal predicts that the average
middle class American family will spend more than
$1500 per month this winter on the combined cost of
home heating, electricity, and gasoline. Meanwhile
the federal government has set aside only about two
and one half billion dollars for its Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program.
That amount will provide an annual grant of about
$350 each to about 17 percent of the nations’
poorest families. The other 83 percent of the
nation’s poor, as well as all middle class families,
are on their own.
In past years we have been concerned how poor
families and elderly citizens on fixed incomes will
be able to afford to heat their homes. This year we
will experience the same phenomenon among many
middle class families.
Our politicians, our political elite, have created
this energy crisis by making development of most of
our known domestic resources illegal. This train
wreck will continue to escalate until the American
people command the political elite to create a
coherent national energy policy that provides
adequate supply for our peoples’ demand.
For the first time in more than 50 years the United
States Congress is leaving Washington D.C. for its
August recess without passing a single spending
bill. Not even one. As a mater of fact, Congress has
accomplished virtually nothing to date during this
entire congressional session.
Why? Because the radical environmental handlers, who
control Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, will not permit
them to allow a roll call vote on anything of
substance in either chamber.
Republicans and Democrats alike know that more than
three fourths of the American public is in favor of
expanded domestic oil and gas exploration and
development. These congressional leaders know that
if virtually any bill of substance is allowed to
come before either chamber, amendments will be
attached to expand domestic oil exploration and
development opportunities. They are well aware that
such amendments would pass with broad bipartisan
support. These fearless leaders choose for Congress
to do nothing, rather than to face the fury of the
radical environmental establishment that funds their
As a matter of fact, these dauntless political
bosses share the environmental dogma that soaring
energy prices are a good thing for the American
people. Nancy Pelosi stated in a recent televised
interview that her efforts to prevent a vote are
driven by her desire to save the planet. These
leaders celebrate $5 diesel, $5 heating oil, $4
gasoline and 50 to 100 percent increases in the cost
of natural gas and electricity.
In truth, Pelosi and Reid do not believe that
today’s energy prices are high enough. Only last
month they debated a carbon cap and trade bill in
the Senate that would have added multi-trillion
dollars in regulator schemes to our nation’s energy
cost over the coming decades.
Multi-trillions of additional fictitious charges for
our citizens to pay for the cost of doing business,
the cost of getting to and from work, and the cost
of staying warm in the coming winter months.
America’s production of crude oil has declined
significantly since 1980 while its demand for crude
oil has increased dramatically. The direct result is
that we now import more than 60 percent of the oil
that we use.
We import this oil because our own government has
passed laws that prevent access to more than 90
percent of our own known domestic reserves.
According to the United States Geological Survey the
Coastal Plain of the Alaska National Wildlife
Reserve contains more than 10 billion barrels of
economically recoverable oil. This source alone
could equal the entire production of the state of
Texas for the next 30 years. A 2,000 acre area was
set aside for future oil exploration by Congress and
President Carter in 1980. This area of the Alaskan
coastal plain, no larger than an average municipal
airport, is neither wilderness nor wildlife refuge.
Never the less, in their fear of radical
environmentalist, Congress has denied our citizens
the use of this resource for nearly 30 years.
According to the United States Mineral Management
Service, America’s deep seas on the Outer
Continental Shelf contain enough known oil and
natural gas to supply all of our national
requirements for at least twenty years. The federal
government continues to deny U.S. companies access
to 92 percent of this energy resource at the same
time that China, and other countries, are actively
developing the resource for their own use. Indeed,
the United States is the only developed nation in
the world that forbids energy production on its own
Outer Continental Shelf.
The Bureau of Land Management reports 31 billion
barrels of oil and 231 trillion cubic feet of
natural gas in known on shore reserves.
United States companies are denied access to more
than 90 percent of these resources by Congress as
well. Of course, most U. S. companies are prevented
from even exploring the more than two trillion
barrels of known oil shale reserves in the
continental United States.
To his great credit, last week Congressman Greg
Walden introduced the SEA Act. This legislation
would open much of our coastal resources to oil and
gas production. It would return much of the
discretion regarding exploration and development to
the states as well as much of the revenue from
royalties and leases to help fund state needs.
Walden’s plan would use a portion of the lease and
royalty proceeds to fund Secure Rural School and
Communities as well as federal payment in lieu of
property taxes. Incredibly, the 35 original
co-sponsors of the SEA Act did not include any of
the four Democrat Congressmen from Oregon.
For virtually this entire congressional session,
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have used every
deceptive parliamentary procedure available to
prevent debating and voting on the single energy
issue that the American people are most concerned
about. They have made it clear that they simply do
not care that our national economy and the American
people are in peril. It appears that the only issue
of importance to the new progressive democrat party
is to destroy America’s free market economy.
Unfortunately, they are well on their way to
accomplishing that goal.
public law, called the “No Child Left Inside Act”,
is currently being debated in Washington D.C. I
believe this Act should be of serious concern to
everyone regardless of our political affiliations or
our environmental concerns.
HR 3036 proposes to amend “No Child Left Behind” to
indoctrinate our kindergarten through high school
students on federal government environmental
policies The law proposes to provide $100 million in
federal education grant money each year to state
education departments to perform federal government
mandated environmental education.
Title two provides grant money to ensure that
elementary and high school students are
environmentally literate. The plan is for state
education agencies to develop an environmental
education plan suitable to the mandates of the
United States Department of Education. The plan
further calls for the education agencies to enlist
the aid of state environmental and natural resources
agencies, as well as state and national nonprofit
environmental organizations, to establish course
The plan requires the professional development of
teachers to improve their knowledge of environmental
issues, and their skill in teaching environmental
dogma. The grant structure strongly encourages
establishing partnerships with state and local
environmental agencies, and with nonprofit or
for-profit environmental organizations, to enhance
the professional development of our teaching corp.
The plan proposes to establish the quantity and the
content of government selected environmental
knowledge required to be demonstrated before a
student can graduate high school.
Title five creates and additional environmental
education grants system to encourage nonprofit
environmental organizations to develop environmental
education programs that can be utilized by state and
local education agencies.
A direct quote from the bill explanation states:
changes, depletion of natural resources, air and
water problems and other environmental challenges
are pressing and complex issues that threaten human
health, economic development, and national security.
Finding widespread agreement about what specific
steps we need to take to solve these problems is
difficult. Environmental education will help ensure
our nation’s children have the knowledge and skills
necessary to address these complex issues.”
Apparently, the chosen method of establishing
widespread agreement is for the federal government
to provide grants to indoctrinate our children with
their chosen environmental dogma.
Currently, 1.2 million teachers are providing thirty
million students programs that range from
environmental science courses to interdisciplinary
approaches that integrate the entire curriculum with
an environmental theme. However, the bill
description further laments that schools are
choosing to reduce, or abandon, environmental
education in favor of emphasizing more time and
resources in teaching reading and math. They
conclude that “No Child Left Behind must provide
schools and school systems with incentives,
flexibility, and authority to develop and deliver
environmental education programs.”
HR 3036 establishes the means for the federal
government to provide grants covering up to 90
percent of the cost to support systemic education
reform by strengthening academic content and student
achievement standards in environmental learning.
Of course, with that 90 percent funding comes
virtual complete control over teacher environmental
education, what they teach to our kids, and what
environmental dogma our kids must be able to
regurgitate to graduate high school.
This bill places an entirely new meaning on public
education. It appears to replace mandatory education
standards with mandatory environmental propaganda.
History is replete with examples of the despotism
and tyranny that follows the mandatory
indoctrination of a nation’s youth with selected
That's enough for this addition! But as
always, please remember that if we do not stand up
for our rights, no one will.