Oil industry: Boost in energy could create 1M jobs

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Re: Baron Scarpia | 7:38 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011
    "if we ever tap it, would take at least 10 years to see a drop of oil"

    Translation: We should have started developing these energy sources 30 years ago. If we had done it then we wouldn't be paying $500 billion a year today to buy foreign oil.

    Meantime Obama is stuck with a 9.1% unemployment rate.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Before you get all excited about tar sands, oil shale, and ANWR -- the prospects for these are years out. Tar sands and oil shale are not even economically feasible yet, and ANWR, if we ever tap it, would take at least 10 years to see a drop of oil. Tar sands and oil shale will take water from agriculture, so we're bound to see job losses in that sector if the economics ever pencil out.

    And deep water drilling in the Gulf? Ask the fishing and tourism industries if they've fully recovered from the 2010 oil spill. People still don't want to eat seafood from the Gulf, killing thousands of jobs and the livelihoods along the Gulf coast.

    Before you "blame" liberals for anything, make sure you understand the time, economics, and the job prospects that will come from "drill, baby, drill" proposals being tossed around as if they're truly viable opportunities for immediate jobs. They make good GOP sound bites, but not immediate job reality.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2011 5:49 a.m.

    Re: Pagan | 3:11 p.m. Sept. 7, 2011
    "You claim that the oil industry 'could' boost employment..."

    It wouldn't increase employment to develop our vast reserves of oil here in America? The liberal Democrats are a classic example of the blind leading the blind. No wonder Obama has pushed our unemployment rate up to 9.1%.

    "All who realize how disastrous Obamas economic policies have been and what a terrible effect they are having on our economy expected Augusts net job-creation numbers to be low. Few thought they would be nil." - Dick Morris

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    Sept. 7, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    America spends almost $500 billion a year purchasing foreign oil. If that money was spent here instead on ANWR, oil sands, oil shale, more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, etc., it would create thousands of direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs through all sectors of the US economy.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    'The Republicans have been saying that for years...' - Rifleman | 2:40 p.m. Sept. 7, 2011,


    And how has that gone, so far?

    You claim that the oil industry 'could' boost employment...
    and then use your OWN bad employment numbers.

    I realize you might not even see the contradiction.

    Regardless, ZERO job growth...is better than LOOSING 1.9 million jobs in 2008.

    Source? The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Zero, is better than NEGATIVE 1.9 million.

    But I also understand you will not even acknowledge this.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 7, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    Re: Pagan | 2:20 p.m. Sept. 7, 2011

    Yes, the oil industry could boost employment. The Republicans have been saying that for years but the Democrats want us to remain dependent upon foreign oil

    Meantime last Friday the Labor Department said August was the first time since 1945 that the government has reported a net monthly job change of zero. Perhaps msnbc.com news services got it all wrong. Kinda like sticking a cow with a cattle prod.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    '"We believe that could be a very important part of the president's plan in his focus on job creation and working with the Republican and Democratic leadership in Congress," Gerard said. He said the group's proposals represent "common ground" that should find support in both parties.' - Article

    That would be new.

    Republican speaker:

    *John Boehner: If GOP Cuts Cause Federal Job Losses, 'So Be It' - Huffington Post - 02/15/11

    *Republicans block small business lending bill' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/29/10

    'The bill would create a $30 billion government fund to help community banks increase lending to small businesses...'

    *'Hatch, Republicans challenge tax cut expiration' - By Becky Bruce, Deseret News - 12/01/10

    'WASHINGTON, D.C. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are drawing a line in the virtual sand, vowing to keep all legislation off the Senate floor unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts...'

    Vowing to keep all legislation, off the Senate...floor.