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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Three additional quick points:

    1. U.S. assistance e.g., the Marshall Plan, etc., was not a "give away." It was very much in American interests to contribute to the rebuilding of a politically stable and prosperous Europe. The benefits of that political stability and economic prosperity continue to accrue to the U.S. and the European countries.

    2. That the U.S. might be squeezed by high energy prices has a lot to do with a lack of energy policy and lack of strategy to diversify the nation's energy supply. That is a problem that has existed for almost 40 years. That deliberate policy choice has adverse consequences, including a lack of flexibility when supply disruptions occur. The U.S., not other countries, is to blame for that deliberate and, IMO, risky policy choice. Complacency can, especially in the medium- and longer-term, be far riskier than the bold policies required to push innovation.

    3. That the U.S. apparently engages in little contingency planning is another problem. Hence, when crises erupt, the U.S. often consumes time and resources trying to develop responses when a significant extent of the planning should already have been completed. Unrest in Iran following the disputed election, and more recently in parts of the Mideast, coupled with the reality that many authoritarian regimes have crumbled in the past when subjected to internal or external stress, suggested that the U.S. should have had a contingency plan in place should such a scenario unfold. The reality of spillovers/contagion also should have heightened preparation for the possibility that recent turmoil might not be confined to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, etc. Contigency planning is a common risk management tool. The apparent lack of preparation in which the U.S. had little or no idea what to do if the turmoil spread to Libya (after two of Libya's neighbors experienced such uprisings) is both extraordinary and troubling.
    I think a good president could spend at least half his term developing a comprehensive energy policy that would project out about 20 years in developing/acquiring energy and energy technologies for the US.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    What I would like to see is for Obama to quit interfering with Our oil production in the Gulf, and for all potential oil fields in Alaska and off the coast of California.

    It would be nice to see some realistic progress with alternatives that the Environmentally Ill have been protesting, like the Solar project in East County San Diego, ot the one near Nellis AFB in NV, or the wind projects off the north east coast.

    A little more incentive to install Solar of homes wouldn't hurt either.

    Unfortunately most of the ideas that are put out there are not realistic too costly or the Environmentally Ill protest them to same some rare fly, when the truth is they don't progress because it would put them out of business, and those at the top of all of these groups make a great deal of money and do next to nothing for it.

    Saudi's need to stay on our good side right now and hope to hell the Royal Family survives the revolutions sweeping North Africa, and the Middle East.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    No, I am asking for proof and a definition of what "given away trillions" is. Military aid? Humanitarian aid? and over what time period? Does lend lease come into the equation? How about the trillions that went the other way in "liberated" technology?

    So we are back to the definition question again.. else it is just another lame chest thumping exercise by a right wing american, without no base in facts or reality.
    How much foreign aid does the US Government give away?

    $25 billion per Year
    The OECD calculated that (in 2008) the US spent about $25 billion in foreign aid per year, although this is a very small percentage of the 2009 estimated federal government income of $2.7 trillion.
    Read more: Answers.com - How much foreign aid does the US Government give away

    Any more questions ??

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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    What "Any more questions?".

    You didn't answer the ones he posed.
    ie "Trillions?" "Over what period of time?" "Humanitarian?", Lend Lease?", etc.
    Posting one year's aid is NOT an answer to his many questions, Especially the "Trillions" claim.

    Yet, a pompous finish to a very Incomplete/Inadequate answer.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    What I would like to see is for Obama to quit interfering with Our oil production in the Gulf, and for all potential oil fields in Alaska and off the coast of California.

    It would be nice to see some realistic progress with alternatives that the Environmentally Ill have been protesting, like the Solar project in East County San Diego, ot the one near Nellis AFB in NV, or the wind projects off the north east coast.

    A little more incentive to install Solar of homes wouldn't hurt either.

    Unfortunately most of the ideas that are put out there are not realistic too costly or the Environmentally Ill protest them to same some rare fly, when the truth is they don't progress because it would put them out of business, and those at the top of all of these groups make a great deal of money and do next to nothing for it.

    Saudi's need to stay on our good side right now and hope to hell the Royal Family survives the revolutions sweeping North Africa, and the Middle East.
    Wait. Who the hell is protesting solar? Link please.
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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    What I would like to see is for Obama to quit interfering with Our oil production in the Gulf,.
    Did hear about the BP spill?
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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Wait. Who the hell is protesting solar? Link please.
    These clowns are.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    Did hear about the BP spill?
    What about it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Saudi Arabia in Talks to boost oil supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I think a good president could spend at least half his term developing a comprehensive energy policy that would project out about 20 years in developing/acquiring energy and energy technologies for the US.
    Yet when Obama tries to do it with a green energy initiative, people freak out. Go figure.

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