Oil Is More Than Gasoline



I grew up in the oil patch in Signal Hill, Calif. Oil is wonderful and the odor isn’t nauseating, as the talking heads on television would have you believe.

Some refining processes do give off unpleasant smells, but in 20 years there, I never had cause to retch.

Please consider this; crude oil becomes more than just gasoline. When I worked at the Richfield Refinery (Arco) in the late ’50s and early ’60s, they made over 150 industrial and commercial products from crude oil.

If you think gasoline is an important product, try fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. How much wheat, corn, alfalfa, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, etc. do you think could be grown without those products? There aren’t enough cows, horses and pigs in the world to make enough manure to replace what comes from oil. Do you want to reduce us to the use of human waste? If we haven’t enough to eat, what good is gasoline? Or for those who use those other products of petroleum, panty hose and cosmetics?

The people out there who are the root cause of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico aren’t BP. While CEO Hayward was sailing, the president was playing golf.

That’s the same White House who is enjoying the spill because they love a crisis. Rules and laws can be broken and new ones enacted because of the emergency. However, that’s small beans.

The major players are the environmentalists. I dare not use their real names for fear of being sued, so I’ll have to revert to euphemisms: That Mountain Range Club, The Acquaintances of the Big Blue Marble, The Nature Repository, The Middle of Diverse Leftism in Tucson, and 11,996 other groups ready to sue the BLM, Forest Service, Park Service, et al at the drop of a hat at the first mention of requesting bids for drilling leases on dry land or less than 50 miles offshore. They’ve bought and paid for the majority of Democrat senators and representatives and a lot of RINOs.

It’s sad to say, but many people still think environmentalists are about cleaning up lakes and rivers, and protecting fawns and bunnies from evil hunters and developers.

Hey, catch up. The enviros gave that up a long time ago, it wasn’t profitable enough. Now they’re into acquiring the lands and facilities of loggers, miners, oil companies, ranchers, farmers, through harassment regarding alleged overgrazing of allotments, displacement of spotted owls, planted “endangered species,” and threats of lawsuits for same. Once the landowners go broke fighting the lawsuits, the enviros play the white knight to take the land at distressed prices then turn around and sell it to the government or developers at handsome profits.

Don’t like it or don’t agree? Well, if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Get up on your hind feet and bray about it, make yourself heard. Come to a Tea Party meeting at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Famous Sam’s, northeast corner of Beeline and Bonita.

George Demack


Jimi Alexander 6 years, 6 months ago

Glad to hear you're on the same side as Haley Barbour, Joe Barton, and the rest of the southern GO(B)P. Next, you'll be telling us that oil is less toxic than toothpaste, yes? That seems to be the GO(B)P script.


Dan Varnes 6 years, 3 months ago

I once saw a bumper sticker that put it into perspective quite well. It said:

"Are you an environmentalist or do you work for a living?"


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