CLEAN ENERGY, OIL AND GAS

These topics are hot button issues for many. But I think they are far from divisive and actually very interconnected when we stop to think and work together on the issues.

First and foremost, I am a strong and passionate supporter of the oil workers, from the well drillers to the supply drivers. There need to be assurances that they are not laid off at the first hint of a market shift. During rough patches, like now when futures put the price of a barrel below $0, corporate heads always seem to get their year-end bonuses, but employees that do the actual labor are the first to be cut. I propose that there be an inside industry employee fund, that is funded before corporate bonuses can be paid, giving the regular worker something to fall back on rather than having to face an empty pantry. Despite all of their integrity and daily hard work, international price wars can come out of left field and derail the lives of the Oklahoma oil field worker.

Secondly, I think we can all agree that we want clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Regardless of your belief in concerns over climate change, having a clean pollution free environment benefits each and every American. This leads into alternative energy sources. But before we get there, in the short term, and until America wants to give up their love of flying and driving, oil at its current production levels is here to stay for a while. In fact, even if all cars and transportation were moved to another form of fuel, we will always need our oil workers. Just in a car alone we would still need oil for the moving parts in the engine, tires, plastic components etc. And of course, wiper blades so we can see in a delicate Oklahoma rain shower. Most of all I myself like having Tupperware and plastic bags for leftovers so I can see in without having to open a bag of what may be mystery meat.

Finally, I think windmills and solar panels are just plain awesome!

Imagine never having to write a check to the power company again or deal with a power outage because a pole 20 miles away is down again from a light spring wind in Oklahoma. We need to support the development and use of these products. They pay dividends to the farmers and ranchers that have them on their lands just like the oil wells. They are non-polluting, and it only makes sense to save our oil resources for items like tires that cannot as easily be mimicked in other forms.

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