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opec2Money Jihad:

Do you want OPEC to keep calling the shots in the 21st Century?  Do you enjoy seeing American presidents literally holding hands with or bowing down to the Saudi king?

Regular readers know that this blog supports expanded domestic oil drilling to help North America decrease its dependence on Middle East oil.  Although Eyal Aronoff of the Fuel Freedom Foundation (@fuelfreedomnow on Twitter) offers a different course of action to deal with the problem of oil financing terrorism, this video as a must-watch:

Aronoff lays out compelling ideas for reduced oil dependence, and Money Jihad has as well.  Wouldn’t it be nice if national political leaders embraced just some of these ideas as part of a genuine “all of the above” approach to energy to reduce our reliance on Saudi sharia oil?

View The Counter Jihad Report’s video playlist on oil independence

This one is particularly good:

Turning Oil into Salt, a 28-minute high-production value documentary that explains why the Open Fuel Standard is so important. It includes clips of interviews and powerful comments by Robert McFarlane, James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, Anne Korin, Gal Luft, Paul Werbos, Edwin Black, Mark Dubowitz, Megan Ortagas, Bill Holmberg, Donald, Yale, Steve Marshall, Chelsea Sexton, Greg Breukelman, Johanna Mendelson Forman, and Jack Hidary. They point towards a solution of stripping Oil off its strategic status by making cars that can run with all different kind of fuels. Brazil has proven its feasibility with its ethanol from sugarcane concept. Important note: Biofuels can be made from all kind of Biomass and are not responsible for the rise of food prices. A film by Frederick von Sulle and Helmut Strasser about Energy Security.

Legalize Methanol – It would boost the economy, and our national security too

By Robert Zubrin at National Review

Last year, I conducted a highly publicized demonstration showing that ordinary American cars could readily be made to operate on methanol, achieving over 40 percent better fuel economy and much lower emissions than on gasoline. In that test, a 2007 Chevy Cobalt was shown to achieve 24.6 miles per gallon running on 100 percent methanol, with the only required physical alteration being the replacement of a non-methanol-compatible Viton fuel-pump seal with a 41-cent part made of methanol-compatible Buna-n. And methanol is now selling for just $1.32 per gallon, without any subsidy.

As methanol can be cheaply produced from natural gas, coal, biomass, or trash — all resources the United States holds in great abundance — this test showed that America could readily free itself from oil imports simply by passing the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) law requiring that all new cars sold in the U.S. be methanol-compatible flex-fuel vehicles. By forcing gasoline to compete at the pump with cheap methanol, such a measure would put a permanent constraint on the price of oil, thereby breaking the power of the Islamist-led OPEC cartel and protecting the nation from the economy-wrecking effects of petroleum price spikes, shown in the figure below:

Every oil-price hike over the past four decades was soon followed by a sharp rise in unemployment.

See also: Turning Oil into Salt (counterjihadreport.com)

Turning Oil into Salt

 

Turning Oil into Salt, a 28-minute high-production value documentary that explains why the Open Fuel Standard is so important. It includes clips of interviews and powerful comments by Robert McFarlane, James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, Anne Korin, Gal Luft, Paul Werbos, Edwin Black, Mark Dubowitz, Megan Ortagas, Bill Holmberg, Donald, Yale, Steve Marshall, Chelsea Sexton, Greg Breukelman, Johanna Mendelson Forman, and Jack Hidary. They point towards a solution of stripping Oil off its strategic status by making cars that can run with all different kind of fuels. Brazil has proven its feasibility with its ethanol from sugarcane concept. Important note: Biofuels can be made from all kind of Biomass and are not responsible for the rise of food prices. A film by Frederick von Sulle and Helmut Strasser about Energy Security.

 

 

Open Fuel Standard Act: Fuel Competition at the Pump

The Open Fuel Standard Act (OFS), lead in the House by Reps. Shimkus (R-IL), Engel (D-NY), Bartlett (R-MD), and Israel (D-NY), is a technology neutral bill that would ensure most new vehicles sold in the U.S. enable fuel competition starting in 2014.

• The economic and security vulnerabilities associated with petroleum dependence stem from oil’s status as a strategic commodity, which in turn stems from its virtual monopoly over transportation fuel.

The purpose of OFS is to break this monopoly in order to turn oil from a strategic commodity — as salt once was, due to its virtual monopoly over food preservation — to just another commodity, as salt is today.

• Oil’s domination over transportation fuel provides the oil cartel OPEC unacceptable leverage over the global economy. OPEC holds 78% of world oil reserves and yet, due to a policy of constraining supply, produces less oil today than it did 38 years ago even as global oil consumption and non-OPEC production have doubled over the same period.

• Competition and consumer choice in the transportation fuel market would, by enabling drivers to choose to purchase a different fuel on the fly should it be less expensive on a per mile basis, serve to dampen the impact of oil price volatility, and OPEC supply manipulation, on our economy.

• A variety of existing technologies enable vehicles to run on other fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. For example, vehicles capable of operating on gasoline as well as alcohol fuels such as ethanol and methanol, or any combination of such fuels, cost about $100 more to manufacture than gasoline only cars.

• The ratio of flex fuel vehicles in Brazil increased from zero to 70% of new cars within three years, and thus as oil prices fluctuate consumers in Brazil can choose the least expensive of a variety of fuels.

• Alcohol fuels can be made from a wide variety of domestic energy resources including natural gas, coal, agricultural waste, energy crops, and trash.

 

Bill Summary 

• The CEOs of the Big Three auto companies have repeatedly stated their willingness to commit to making 50% of new cars flex fuel vehicles or warranted to operate on biodiesel by 2012.

• The Open Fuel Standard Act (OFS) would buttress this commitment with law, thus providing certainty for investors in a variety of alternative fuels to ramp up production and fuel station owners to install pumps. 

• Specifically, OFS requires that starting in 2014, 50% of new automobiles, starting in 2016, 80% of new automobiles, and starting in 2017, 95% of new automobiles are warranted to operated on non- petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. Compliance possibilities include the full array of existing technologies as well as a catch-all for new technologies.

You can print or download a PDF of the above fact sheet by clicking here.

 

 

 

How to Stop Putting Gas in the Islamist Tank

 

By Clifford D. May in The National Review Online:

Islamists are a diverse lot. Some are what diplomats like to call “violent extremists.” They want to kill you. Others are less eager to shed blood, more confident that by mastering electoral politics, manipulating international organizations, and designing effective public-relations campaigns, they can achieve their objectives. What are those objectives? Islamism implies a commitment to the imperative of Islamic power. Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, articulated the basic idea succinctly:

It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.

If those championing Islamism were only stateless terrorist groups and tin-pot dictators, their geostrategic significance would be minimal. But the regime that rules Iran is dedicated to waging what it calls a global Islamic revolution. And in Saudi Arabia, the state religion is Wahhabism, a strain of Islam that preaches the inferiority of infidels and the rejection of Muslims who do not share Wahhabi ideals.

These regimes float atop an ocean of oil, a commodity that is valuable thanks to those the Islamists despise. It was the Western mind that figured out how to pump oil out of the ground and refine it into a variety of fuels, including those used in internal-combustion engines, another history-bending Western invention.

Imagine you are one of the rulers of Iran or Saudi Arabia: Fabulous wealth is yours due to no intellectual or physical labors on your part. If you invest that wealth wisely, you’ll make even more, but if not, so what? Wealth will flow to you every single day as surely as rivers run to the sea. To sell rugs, olives, or computers requires salesmanship. But oil sells itself: Those who depend on it for their cars, ships, and planes have no other options. Well, theoretically, they do: They could take it by force. But you need not worry about that because, as you are well aware, modern Western ethics prohibit such behavior.

If there were even one oil-rich, Muslim-majority nation solidly committed to liberal democratic values, to freedom of religion and speech, to tolerance and minority rights, the challenges of the 21st century would not be so formidable. But there is no such nation. 

Almost 80 percent of global oil reserves are controlled by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a cartel, a conspiracy in restraint of trade. Most OPEC countries are autocracies. Many are hostile toward America and other free nations. From the income produced by OPEC oil comes most of the money used to train and arm terrorists around the world, and to build nuclear-weapons facilities in Iran. 

That makes the price of oil and the West’s dependence on it national-security problems of the first order. What can be done? Robert C. McFarlane, who served as then-president Reagan’s national-security adviser, wrote last week that we can and should be producing more of our own oil, but “that is not enough. To outmaneuver OPEC we need to eliminate oil’s monopoly as the only transportation fuel.”

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.