THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 552, January 10, 2010
"More than anything, America is an idea"
Secession and Energy Independence: Why Texas Leads The Pack
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise
One of the most important strategic plans for any nation, or any US state that is seriously considering secession, is energy independence and/or energy planning. Most of the states comprising the United States are not energy independent. Even states with vast coal reserves like Kentucky or West Virginia must import oil and natural gas. And many states have to import all their energy needs.
But Texas leads the pack of potential secession states and new nations for energy independence.
The USA uses 27% or the world's total oil output each year, and can ill afford to make enemies. But the present strategic energy planning being done by Washington is complete insanity. Washington, in its quest to conquer the world, continues to alienate more and more oil-producing countries...even invading or threatening to invade oil producers. Twenty-eight percent of the world's total proven oil reserves are in the Arab world, and Washington seems bent on waging unending war with the Arab world.
America invaded Iraq in 2003, the nation with the second-most oil reserves. Oil production is still only a fraction of pre-war levels.
Now, American troops are in Afghanistan and Pakistan, screwing up a possible oil pipeline deal from the Caspian Sea. And Washington is breathing out threats against Iran (#5 reserves), and Yemen, which shares the Arabian Peninsula with Saudi Arabia (#1 reserves) and the United Arab Emirates(#3 reserves).
At the same time that the aggression continues, Washington prevents construction of nuclear power plants and oil exploration on our land and off our shores, blocking drilling in ANWR or on the continental shelf.
It can be argued that the American Federal Government's litany of wars resulted in the oil price of $150 per barrel in 2008.
Meanwhile, China has been making deals all over the world for oil and gas imports. Instead of spending trillions invading countries and blowing up things, they have quietly but openly negotiated shale oil deals in Canada, oil imports from Venezuela and Sudan, and oil and gas pipeline deals from Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Iraq. And China has immense coal reserves.
Which world superpower will survive? Not the one that is cutting off its nose to spite its face.
So a seceding state will need to assure itself of energy resources. Any state that secedes will instantly be a new nation, which means that US states that border them are now a foreign country. The present US energy grid is woven across state borders and a seceding state will have to negotiate skillfully to prevent brownouts or being cut off altogether. And they will need to generate some of their own power. Thankfully, after a state secedes, it will no longer be subject to the ridiculous Federal prohibitions on coal or nuclear power plant construction. That is, unless they foolishly restrict their own progress.
It seems to me that the state of Texas is more potentially prepared for energy independence than any other state currently considering secession.
West Texas Intermediate Crude oil is one of the standards of the world, and Texas produces about 1 million barrels a day, mostly for export.
Texas natural gas production is presently about 650 billion cubic feet per month, mostly for export.
Texas even produces about 45 million tons of coal each year, and half of Texas' electric power is produced at its coal-fired electric plants. And speaking of electric power generation, Texas also has two nuclear power plants, and two more nuclear plants scheduled to come online in 2014 and 2015.
So Texas can not only be largely energy independent, but can also enjoy significant oil and gas export revenues. Texas exports and its energy independence could also have a regulating effect on world oil prices, especially if Texas builds its economy on a currency system based upon gold and silver money.
Texas citizens, your future is entirely in your own hands! Do not simply rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Plot your own course and chart your own destiny as a new nation!
Secession is the hope for humanity. Who will be first?
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