Michael Cembalest; Sue OPEC? Congress Should Sue Itself; Forbes; July 9, 2008 Director of the U.S.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Dan Arvizu said the federal government is doing "embarrassingly few things" to foster renewable energy. Renewable energy research has fallen by 78% since 1978, and the lab's budget is a paltry $200 million. (I hesitate to
mention the cost of the Iraq War again, but it's $1 trillion.)

Javier Blas and Ed Crooks; Drive on biofuels risks oil price surge; The Financial Times; June 5, 2007 Opec on Tuesday warned western countries that their efforts to develop biofuels as an alternative energy source to combat climate change risked driving the price of oil “through the roof”. Abdalla El-Badri, secretary-general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, said the powerful cartel was considering cutting its investment in new oil production in response to moves by the developed world to use more biofuels. The warning from Opec, which controls about 40 per cent of global oil production, comes as the group of eight leading industrialized nations meets on Wednesday with climate change at the top of its agenda. The US and Europe want to use biofuels to combat global warming and to strengthen energy security. Opec has previously expressed skepticism about alternative energy but Mr El-Badri’s comments mark the first clear threat that the cartel might act to safeguard its interests in the face of a shift towards biofuels.

High Oil Prices may lead to oil wars JR Dieckmann (JR Dieckmann is Editor, Publisher, Writer, and Webmaster of GreatAmericanJournal.com. His articles also appear on The Conservative Voice, Real Clear Politics, New Media Journal, Mich News, Daley Times-Post, Great Minds Think Right, and other conservative websites); Renew America; From Oil to Armageddon; July 7, 2008 What if oil prices continue to rise with no end in sight? Even now with gas at $4.50 a gallon on the west coast, it's becoming difficult for many people to fill up their gas tanks. What's going to happen when it goes to $5.00, $6.00, $7.00 a gallon, or even higher? This will have an effect on all levels of society — from the poor, all the way to the White House. The entire economy of the country and the free world may be at stake. It could lead to war. He continues later…

When gas is breaking $10 a gallon, and depending on who the president is at that time, he will have just two
courses of action. If he's a Democrat, he will raise taxes on the American people to attempt an increase in production of ethanol and biofuels, adding to the financial burden already being imposed on the people. This, of course, will have no effect on the price of gas for decades to come. It will only exacerbate the problem but will be consistent with the Democrats' solution to everything — raise taxes. If he's a Republican, then he may

address the American people and explain that our country has been attacked economically and this attack has done more damage to our country than the attacks of 9/11. He will be right. We were willing to pay a fair price for Mideastern oil but we can no longer allow the American people to be held hostage to unreasonably inflated oil prices. He will explain that he has no other choice but to send military forces into Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Mideast to secure the oil fields that we discovered and developed. But it's more
likely that he will promote other reasons to launch an attack that doesn't mention oil.

This will not be ignored by other Islamic countries which will join forces with the Saudis in retaliation against America. Iran and Syria will find reason to become involved if they aren't already. This will be real war with Islam over oil, and yes, winner takes all. Our survival as a nation will depend on it.
There is just one problem — we don't have a big enough army. What we lack in manpower, we will have to make up for with technology and advanced weaponry. No war was ever won by overwhelming the enemy with compassion. Wars are only won with overwhelming

Israel will be attacked by Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah, and the march to Armageddon will have begun.

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