Ben Carson on Energy & Oil


Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant

Carson is not convinced that global warming is a threat or a proven trend. In an interview in November, he said, "there's always going to be either cooling or warming going on" and called the climate debate "irrelevant." The physician said it is a distraction from discussions about generally protecting the environment and about the role of the Environmental Protection Agency in regulation.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 3, 2015

Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding

After the 9/11 crisis, if the president had seized the moment and declared that we would become petroleum independent within the next 10 years, business, industry, academia, and everyone else would have been foursquare behind him, and we would have been much further ahead in the fight against terrorism than we are today.
  1. The moderate Arab states would have been terrified about losing their economic base and would most probably have turned over Osama bin Laden.
  2. An enormous number of jobs would likely have been created in the process of switching over to a new energy source, and Wall Street would have been booming.
  3. The environmentalists would have been ecstatic.
  4. Most importantly, the terrorists would have been deprived of much-needed funding, which would have gradually strangled their efforts.
Oil prices would have fallen dramatically in an attempt to soften our resolve, but good leadership would hopefully have recognized and compensated for such a ploy.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.134 , Jan 24, 2012

Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska

We need to actively combat extremists in every way possible, including economic warfare. The terrorist network derives most of its money through oil revenues, and we, along with most of the rest of the world, have an insatiable appetite for oil. Unlike the rest of the world, however, we have enormous amounts of oil under North and South Dakota, Montana, and Alaska, as well as offshore oil. I am as much of a conservationist as anyone and love the natural beauty that surrounds us, but the pragmatic part of me warns that there will be no beauty at all if the world is consumed in nuclear conflagration. As we intelligently tap our own resources, we must doggedly pursue other energy sources. With appropriate incentives, I have no question that Americans, with all their ingenuity, can come up with new sources of clean energy in a relatively short period of time.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.137 , Jan 24, 2012

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