Texas oil production at highest levels since 1984

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In the wake of President Obama’s speech about climate change and new energy alternatives, new reporters show that oil production in Texas has soared in recent years. In March, Texas oil production was at its highest level since 1984 – more than 74 million barrels of crude oil were extracted. Perhaps most impressive, if Texas were a country, it would be one of the 15 largest oil producers in the world.

“I like to see Texas pumping oil. And that’s what they do and that’s what they are doing right now,” Pat said on radio this morning. “In fact, Texas right now is pumping more oil than many OPEC oil countries. It has soared to the point now where it’s reached its highest level in Texas since 1984… We’ve doubled our output in the last three years, putting it in the ranks of OPEC heavy hitters like Venezuela, Kuwait and Nigeria. That’s really something.”

A graph from Fuel Fix shows just how substantial this growth has been:

“I mean it’s been a constant fall for the past 30 years and then almost a direct line straight up over the past few,” Stu explained. “And that’s because of a couple of big oil discoveries they’ve had in Texas… A lot of the changes during the Bush administration led to this. So all the stuff that gets bashed and Bush gets wrecked on rightfully so, you give him credit for this. We are now up to providing about 83% of our own energy. We are producing about 83% of our consumption, which is pretty good.”

The 83% figure is especially impressive when you consider that the U.S was producing less than 70% of its own energy as recently as a decade ago.

“And when we talk about energy independence, we’re not that far away from it,” Stu said. “And when you factor in Canada and Mexico, we really could get there if we actually gave a crap about it… North American independence.”

“We could absolutely be off of all Middle Eastern oil including Saudi Arabia,” Pat continued. “Wouldn’t that be nice if it was just all North America?”

It is important to note that this increased oil production has occurred during a time when we have also seen lower emission rates, which, in theory, makes this a win-win for everyone.

“And, by the way, this whole process has gone on while we’re lowering our emissions,” Stu said. “The reason we’re lowering our emissions is because of fossil fuels. We’re using more natural gas instead of, you know, other things like coal and oil and that’s lowering our emissions. So in this energy boom, where we’re producing more of our energy and much of it coming from fossil fuels, we’re actually lowering our emissions without a cap and trade bill, without any of these other, you know, laws that, you know, the president wants to pass, we’re doing all these things that the environmentalists should adore, yet of course they still just call fossil fuels evil.”

“They won’t be happy until, until the gas prices are similar to what they are in Europe and until it costs us triple the cost it does now to heat our homes in the wintertime,” Pat concluded. “That’s when they’ll be happy. And that’s, you know, that’s when we’ll be like any other third world nation in the planet.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Great for Texas, freedom and a free market at its finest.

  • Anonymous

    We won’t be off of foreign oil because we export our own oil. If we really want to be independent from OPEC and the like, we need to nationalize our energy.  Sorry to disappoint you folks. But that is the TRUTH.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    The fact that many conservatives don’t want to hear is the under Obama, oil and gas production in US have been at the highest levels in 20 years . . . I guess Obama is not that “green” after all. Politics is always a business first, folks . . ., wake up!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Please that is a proven lie. 

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I was watching the history channel last night. Larry the cable guy was in South Dakota I think and because of an oil boom their unemployment is the lowest at 3%. I know in my State we have oil reserves that we can drill but yet we can’t do that. Why because we got big government loons controlling our State if I see one more wind mill instead of a job I am going to flip.

  • Anonymous

    What is a proven lie?  The chart referenced in the article shows that oil production has skyrocked back to what it was 30 yrs ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.r.melone Ronald R. Melone

    Yes but that’s not because of the Obama Administration.  He has nothing to do with the increase.

  • Jaamoose

    You can’t talk sense to Beckerheads, even when an article from their own godhead contradicts them.

  • Jaamoose

    Absolutely, energy reserves and production should be nationalized. 

  • Jaamoose

    That would be an excellent pun – if you weren’t serious….

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Nothing that Obama did.

  • RevJules

     By “nationalize” I presume you are saying let the government control it, more than they already do via various agencies and regulations. Allowing the government to completely control anything is a sure recipe for disaster. The government has never successfully controlled anything except control over its citizens, which it is pushing for more and more of that everyday.
    Can’t be done. Government will just screw it up, and us in the process. Want more of the government in your business? That’s what you’ll get. 

  • Anonymous

     Letting a globalized free market control our energy is why we have the prices that we do. Right now, our energy is going overseas to the highest bidder. I don’t see that as a win for America. If we nationalized it, we could regulate the price.

    I think this is the way to go for energy. ONLY energy.

  • Anonymous

     It doesn’t sound good to a conservative, but it’s the only way to ensure that costs will stay down. We export our energy to the highest bidder right now. We are shipping our natural gas overseas. I don’t see how this helps America at all.

  • Anonymous

    Start flippin’ babe.  Wind and solar are the answer.  When are you gonna understand that we have to stop burning fossil fuels?  Watch my show.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRcjdLlttVo

  • Anonymous

    And it about damn time!! The only reason this Aho that is office now wants ‘green anything’ is only so our ENERGY COSTS WILL NECESSARILY SKYROCKET!! That will help to destroy our way of life!
    He doesn’t CARE one rats behind about about the climate or climate change as he and Big Al both know that that was a hoax! Besides why should WE be the ONLY ones to worry it when China and India burn more DIRTY coal then the rest of the world combined! Talk to them FIRST before we shut ALL of our coal plants and put thousands out of work—oh right–that’s the real plan anyway–isn’t it?!?

  • Anonymous

     You mean just like Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela—what then–control the press–etc. How’d that work out for the people of Venezuela?!?
    NO THANK YOU!!! Plus THIS particular Adm. couldn’t run a hot dog stand correctly!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I would not mind solar or wind if it where actually better but it is not and if I wanted to watch a liberal that lives up Obama’s rear and is in love with their own smugness I would watch MSNBC.

  • Anonymous

    What do you know about solar?  Be specific.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I know one panel it takes about 24 hours to charge a car battery properly when you can do it in one with a battery booster. Shure Solar power is useful when you don’t have another power source but what you don’t seem to understand you still need oil in order to build the things and you also need oil to keep the wheels running in wind mills. Like I said maybe years down the road the technology will be better and anything to get us off other people’s oil I am for but it sucks now. what in the hell are you going to do if there is very little sun light or no wind you would be screwed.

  • Anonymous

    Sam Baby, you got to keep up with my show.  I prove conclusively that solar saves you money.  Have you had a satellite picture of your roof yet? 

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Of course it saves money but what you seem not to be getting replacing the entire power grid with solar power and wind mills is stupid because it is not as effective as nuclear coal and natural gas and until it is not a not using it.

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