Bush, George W.. Alternative Energy Essay

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Alternative Energy
Bush, George W. “Statement at the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of
2007,” Dec. 2007: ProCon.org Web. 13 Dec. 2011. West, J. Robinson. "Two Takes: Energy Independence Is Neither Practical nor Attainable." US News & World Report 10 July 2008. ProCon.org. 5 July 2009. Web. 12 Dec. 2011.
George W. Bush insisted that by the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, he would increase the supplies of alternative fuels. This, in turn, would make the American market more secure by limiting the vulnerability to unstable foreign oil prices. Furthermore, it would help diversify our energy supplies and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. On the contrary, West proclaims that there is no liquid fuel that can replace foreign oil. He points out the fact that a gallon of refined African oil is cheaper than a gallon of Maine sparkling water. Corn based ethanol and substances like it require huge subsidies and convulse food markets but produced only 430,000 barrels per day in 2007, two percent of U.S. oil consumption (J. Robinson West, JD).
Jones, Van. “Opportunities for Green Growth: Myths & Realities About Green Jobs” www.globalwarming.house.gov Jan. 2009: ProCon.org Web. 13 Dec. 2011. Murphy, Robert P. “The High Costs of 'Green Recovery” Forbes Nov. 2008: ProCon.org Web. 13 Dec. 2011.
Van Jones, president of Green for All, emphasizes the point “wind turbines don’t manufacture themselves, and solar panels need someone to install them,” so if our economy switches to alternative energy, then it would create more jobs, which in turn would lead to economic success. However, Robert Murphy, economist at the Institute for Energy Research, insists The Green Recovery System wants to take hard earned tax dollars and pay five million people in order to end our dependence on foreign oil. However, alternative energy cannot meet America’s demands for energy alone. It would need to grow at a rate of 19% for 25 consecutive years to meet U.S. demands for energy in 2030. “The government cannot create wealth or jobs; it can, however, take jobs from Peter and Give them to Paul,” Murphy said. Opening up a green economy will only eliminate the fossil fuel industry. An entire industry of jobs will be gone just to create 5 million jobs.

Natural Resources Defense Council. "Build the Clean Energy Economy," www.nrdc.org Feb. 25, 2009: ProCon.org Web. 13 Dec. 2011. ExxonMobil. “Putting America's Energy Resources to Work” www.exxonmobil.com June 2008: ProCon.org. Web. 13 Dec. 2011.

Where ExxonMobil and Natural Resources Defense Council differ most widely is on the question, “Should congress reduce oil drilling?” The Natural Resources Defense Council insists that oil drilling offshore and in national wildlife refuges will only pump the last drops of oil out of our country, and, as a result, it will destroy ecosystems for the small reward of only lowering gas prices four cents by 2026. ExxonMobil argues there is enough oil and natural gas offshore and in non-wilderness lands to power 100 million homes and 50 million cars for the next 25 years. If congress was to expand areas for drilling, there would be more energy made from domestic sources, and would in turn strengthen America’s economy.
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