HUM111 To Drill or Not to Drill
HUM111 To Drill or Not to Drill
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To Drill or Not to Drill I agree with President Obama that we should begin pushing to free America from dependency on foreign oil Not only does that dependency make the United States venerable from an economic perspective but also in a military perspective As long as the US is dependent on other sources for oil and other resources it s in constant danger of being cutoff or even worse coerced 1 into performing actions for other countries According to a recent statistic from the US Energy Information Administration in 2009 over 15 million barrel were imported from countries that were members of the OPEC with over 62 coming from Venezuela Saudi Arabia and Nigeria Another 17 million barrels were imported from non OPEC 2 members 2010 Any of those countries could decide to stop exporting oil to the US which would cause the already struggling economy to possibly collapse By turning to renewable resources such as solar power and clean coal President Obama is attempting to rid the United States of those possibilities and become more independent Opposing arguments may believe it s unnecessary to spend money on such expensive projects but the outcome is well worth the price Everything costs money in today s global economy so why should research be any different Another view states that the US could continue to drill off of its own oil reserves to help That is one possibility however the idea is to hold on to its own reserves for when it actually is needed Because oil is not renewable careful consideration must be used in deciding how it gets used 1 Coerced to force to act or think a certain way by use of pressure threats or intimidation 2 OPEC The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Currently fossil fuels like crude oil contribute to an average of 837 of the energy in the United States alone US Energy Information Administration 2010 It s only going to last for so long In the end I think making the push for alternatives to oil can only benefit the United States It will create cheaper sources of energy while also making the US more independent from other countries I m pretty sure the first habit that is keeping me from seeing the big picture is the face saving habit Just as l was about to write this part of the assignment the first thing that went through my mind was I don t have any habits because I was objective I think having that initial opinion is face saving because I didn t like that I had habits that made me seem close minded Another habit I noticed may be a form of conformity I say may because it s essentially the opposite of conformity l have realized that in many situations that require choosing a side I either find reasons to choose both or I choose the option that few others have picked In a way I think it s conforming by trying not to conform instead of choosing what I really want In order to overcome these habits I plan to think before thinking as the book calls it I have already used it in a way to determine what habits l have that hinder thinking By simply taking a minute or two to step back and think about ideas or thoughts I feel like I become more objective I think the hardest part is going to be remembering to slow down and think before assuming or jumping into a decision Being honest with myself is another step I intend to use to overcome the habits It works well with thinking before thinking because while I m taking the time to be more objective I can also be trying to determine why I m thinking or choosing a certain idea Resources US Energy Information Administration 2010 US Energy Consumption by Energy Source Retrieved from httpwwweiadoegovdnavpetpetmoveimpcusa2nusep00im0mbbahtm US Energy Information Administration 2010 US Energy Consumption by Energy Source Retrieved from httowwweiadoedovcneafalternateoaderenew enerdv consumptable1htm
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