Alternative Solutions to Oil
It seems to be becoming a reoccuring issue for me, and like the rest of the United States, its been hurting my wallet for quite some time now. The price of gas has gone down momentarily, but that next price leap is just hiding around the corner. So when is the point where we stop buying gas? $4.00 a gallon, $5.00 a gallon?
Every time I think about the war in Iraq, the only reason I can justify that we really went over there is to try to get oil cheaper, because our country has grown so dependant on it. The cost of war is high; we pay for all the expenses of it, which is starting to close in on a shockingly half a trillion dollars, and the cost of oil has only gone up. While we cant take back the money we have already spent being over there, we can eliminate future costs by getting done what needs to get done, and getting out of there.
If you look at one of the main reasons we dont look into alternative fuels, or the reason why they havent been researched as much, its because of lack of money. No one wants to spend loads of money on trying to come up with new solutions, when our current situation isnt "that bad" in some peoples eyes. However, if the real reason for this war comes down to being Oil, I would have much rather spent our countries money and time on alternative energy instead. Something that we dont have to go overseas to get and that we can depend on ourselves to make.
I think that we need to end this war for oil over in Iraq, and spend the rest of that money on an alternative fuel for vehicles. While it finally seems that we are starting to come up with some solutions, the government seems more focused on pumping money into a war that continues on making us dependant on other countries, instead of using that money to be inventing a new low cost energy that will make us independant.
PS: After looking a typing in 'Iraq war costs' into a google seach, this site was the first to pop up. Its a site which is calculating the current costs of us being at war in Iraq. http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
Its worth taking a look at. Then think about how we could have spent that money otherwise. If, like me, you believe we are only in Iraq for the oil, could you see the possibilities of new cheaper energy?
Its currently at.... $317,172,270,000. Feel free to leave me a comment saying where its at now. It would be interesting to see how much it will rise in a few days.