This makes a lot of sense to me. What a shame.
A refresher course.
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> To: Date: Sunday, June 15, 2008, 11:11 AM
> although this may be a bit biased because it's obviously from an
> 'oil guy,' he makes a lot of sense to me. maybe some of you out
> there who have been around the oil industry and know how that
> business really works have a different view. if so, the rest of
> us (as well as bill phillips) would love to hear it.
> Subject: BIG OIL
> Bill spent nearly 50 years in the US oil and gas industry; most
> of his career was with the Phillips Petroleum Company. Bill is
> a descendant of Frank Phillips. Frank Phillips, along with his
> brother Lee Eldas (L.E.) Phillips, Sr., founded the original
> Phillips Petroleum Company in 1917 in Bartlesville, OK. Do you
> remember Phillips 66 gas stations? Phillips Petroleum Company
> merged with Conoco, Inc., in 2002 to form the current
> ConocoPhillips oil company.
> So, when Bill talks about oil and gas issues, I tend to listen
> - very closely. I think that you will find Bill's thoughts and
> facts very revealing, very compelling and very difficult to
> argue with.
> As you prepare to cast your crucial ballots this Fall, please
> think long and hard about the far-reaching, cumulative effects
> of the US political philosophies, policies and legislation that
> have contributed to the current and future US oil supply
> May 28, 2008
> 'Big Oil'
> Did you know that the United States does NOT have any big oil
> companies. It's true: the largest American oil company, Exxon
> Mobil, is only the 14th largest in the world, and is dwarfed by
> the really big oil companies--all owned by foreign governments
> or government-sponsored monopolies--that dominate the world's
> oil supply.
> This graph below tells the story; you can barely see the
> American oil companies as minor players on the right side of the
> chart in gray. The chart was presented to the House committee
> last week by Chevron.
> With 94% of the world's oil supply locked up by foreign
> governments, most of which are hostile to the United States, the
> relatively puny American oil companies do not have access to
> enough crude oil to significantly affect the market and help
> bring prices down. Thus, ExxonMobil, a 'small' oil company,
> buys 90% of the crude oil that
> it refines for the U.S. market from the big players, i.e.,
> mostly-hostile foreign governments. The price at the U.S. pump
> is rising because the price the big oil companies charge
> ExxonMobil and the other small American companies for crude oil
> is going up as the value of the American dollar goes down. They
> will eventually bleed this country into printing even more money
> and we will go into runway inflation once again as we did under
> the Carter Democratic reign.
> This is obviously a tough situation for the American
> consumer. The irony is that it doesn't have to be that way. The
> United States--unlike, say, France--actually has vast petroleum
> reserves. It would be possible for American oil companies to
> develop those reserves, play a far bigger role in international
> markets, and deliver gas at the pump to American consumers at a
> much lower price, while creating many thousands of jobs for
> Americans. This would be infinitely preferable to shipping
> endless billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia, Russia, and
> Venezuela to be used in propping up their economies.
> So, why doesn't it happen? Because the Democrat Party--aided,
> sadly, by a handful of Republicans--deliberately keeps gas
> prices high and our domestic oil companies small by putting most
> of our reserves off limits to development. China is now drilling
> in the Caribbean, off Cuba, but our own companies are barred by
> law from developing large oil fields off the coasts of Florida
> and California. Enormous oil-shale deposits in the Rocky
> Mountain states could go a long way toward supplying American
> consumers' needs, but the Democratic Congress won't allow those
> resources to be developed. ANWR contains vast petroleum reserves,
> but we don't know how vast, because Congress, not wanting the
> American people to know how badly its policies are hurting our
> economy, has made it illegal to explore and map those reserves,
> let alone develop them.
> In short, all Americans are paying a terrible price for the
> Democratic Party's perverse energy policies. I own some small
> interests in tiny, 4 barrel-per-day oil wells in Wyoming. We
> have 14 agencies that have iron-hand jurisdiction over us. If
> we drop any oil on the ground when the refinery truck comes to
> pick up oil from our holding tanks, we are fined. Yet down the
> road the state will spray thousands of gallons of used oil on a
> dirt road to control dirt. When it rains that oil runs into
> rivers and creeks. Yet a cup of oil on the ground at our
> wellhead is a $50,000 EPA fine plus additional fines from state
> regulating agencies. They treat oil as if it were plutonium
> that has the potential to leak into the environment. We are
> fined if our dirt berms are not high enough around a holding
> tank, yet the truck that picks up our oil runs down the road at
> 60 mph with no berm around it. People wonder why there is no
> more exploration in this country. It's because of the
> regulators; people who have lived their whole lives doing nothing
> but imposing fines on small operators like us for doing mostly
> So, America enjoy your $4.00 per gallon gasoline. Your dollar
> is now worth 0.62 Euro-Cents. The lack of American production
> of GNP, the massive trade deficit (as labor markets have moved
> overseas to fight insanely high union imposed labor costs in
> America) and the run away printing of money (backed by nothing
> of value here in America) has caused the dollar to become more
> worthless on the international market. And that's where our oil
> comes from. It's paid for with dollars that become more
> worthless everyday. If we had just kept par with the Euro, we'd
> be paying $62 dollars per barrel for oil (42 gallons) or about
> $1.50 instead of $2.50 a gallon for crude oil.
> What the US government also does not tell you is that it is the
> leaseholder and royalty recipient of most oil production, and
> receives 25% of the gross oil sales before we pay for
> electricity to lift the oil, and propane to keep the oil-water
> separators from freezing in the winters. We pay a pumper to
> visit each well everyday plus we have equipment failures all the
> time. We pay for that out of our 75% of gross sales. The
> government does not share in any expenses to run any production
> well. So, if the Big Oil Companies are making record profits,
> then so is the federal government from it's 25% tax on every
> molecule of oil sold to a refinery in this country. Why isn't
> the government on the stand for 'record' profits? What you
> see is this 25% of the sales price of crude oil being siphoned
> away by the government. That money, plus the road taxes, state
> taxes, etc., amounts to over $1 per gallon of gasoline you are
> buying while the governments only admit to about 50 cents per
> To all you Democrats, when you go vote for your candidate, a
> blazing liberal like Barrack Hussein Obama or Hillary Clinton,
> just keep in mind that their liberal spending habits will
> further decrease the value of the American dollar on the world
> market and your gasoline costs will hike even higher. As they
> introduce more give-away programs, raise taxes on everyone to
> pay people not to produce or work, your dollar will continue to
> dwindle on the world market and you will be paying $10.00 per
> gallon at the next election. Cheap hydrocarbon fuel is all over.
> Enjoy! Enjoy the fruits of your decision to elect these folks
> when you are there in that voting booth and you stab your pin
> through a Democrat's name.
> William 'Bill' Phillips
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