Independent Petroleum Association of America: Letter to Obama

by free electron on November 23, 2008

This is not a letter from ExxonMobil, BP, or any other large corporation.

This is a letter from the small businesses that drill America’s oil and natural gas.

They want to be part of the Obama’s energy plan. They want the facts as they know them to be out there and included in the decision making process.

Petroleum and natural gas are not just used for energy production. They are used as raw materials and for heating in manufacturing and chemical processes as well.

I do not know what the IPAA thinks about the idea of Peak Oil, but I believe that oil will run out and that this means we need to start now how to not only power our cars and homes without the fossil fuels, but we need to figure out other manufacturing processes that do not need these scarce materials as well.

Yes, some chemical processes need heat, but perhaps there are different chemical pathways that use less heat. Yes, right now fertilizer is made with petroleum products. Is there a different way?

I applaud the IPAA as a front for all those small businesses that drill oil in America. I applaud the point of view and the facts they present at, but I feel bad that they will go away as oil goes away.

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