America has become a vassal state to OPEC. Our military men and women are offered as a serf army to the OPEC nations. We use billions of U.S. tax dollars and the blood of our soldiers to preserve the power of these unpopular governments. Wind power, solar energy and bio-fuels could quickly free us from OPEC's shackles.
New York, NY (Vocus) January 14, 2009
President Elect Barack Obama's program, "New Energy for America", is very reminiscent of the "Energy Self Sufficiency" plan offered by Senator Katherine Laforge in her 2004 presidential campaign chronicled in the book "Hulagu's Web – The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge." Obama's plan is a 10 year - $100 billion ($100,000,000) plan. The Laforge plan was a $300 billion ($300,000,000) four year crash program to free the U.S. from the need of buying imported oil.
The sum of $300 billion ($300,000,000) was proposed in the Laforge plan because it equaled the annual amount of money the U.S. spends to buy and insure sufficient OPEC oil reaches our shores. The author of the book chronicling Senator Laforge's 2004 Presidential campaign added, "The amount of money set aside for alternative energy production and research was also influenced by the fact that the U.S. would spend over $100 billion on the Iraq War in 2004. Laforge was adamant that the amount budgeted for our country's future should be a sum greater than what we would spend to stabilize and rebuild Iraq. She felt our people and country should come first."
Obama's $100 billion - 10 year program in comparison is a small fraction of the amount of money we currently spend for one year of OPEC oil. In the year 2008, it is estimated a sum of $450,000,000 – $450 billion - was paid to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Angola, Nigeria, and other OPEC countries to fulfill our nation's oil needs.
The present and former administrations, including congress, failed to take any significant measures to alter the dangerous and self-destructive path America travels to quench its voracious oil thirst. Author David Hearne said, "I feel Senator Katherine Laforge would applaud President elect Obama's new energy program as a movement in the right direction for our country’s energy problem, - but I also think she would question why Mr. Obama does not push to use the most productive ways to make bio fuels. For example, bio diesel created by using algae produces up to 20,000 gallons an acre a year compared to soy beans that produce only 40 gallons per year per acre. Why does government back the least productive methods and not the most productive? Is it because many in power want alternative energy to fail or the cost so high that the public will become disillusioned over bio fuels."
A quote from the book, "Hulagu’s Web," attributed to Katherine Laforge reads, "America has become a vassal state to OPEC. Our military men and women are offered as a serf army to the OPEC nations. We use billions of U.S. tax dollars and the blood of our soldiers to preserve the power of these unpopular governments. Wind power, solar energy and bio-fuels could quickly free us from OPEC's shackles."
The energy crisis is only one problem addressed in "Hulagu's Web – The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge." The book is a brilliant and slashing indictment of today's political scene that struggles with some of the most prevalent political problems of our time. "Hulagu's Web" is an ingenious and fast moving story, spiced with assassination, conspiracy, action, mystery, deception, suspense, love, hate, politics, and even faith. It provides a fresh and original way to think about democracy, political process, and corporate greed. The uniqueness of the story is in part because it mixes realistic and interesting characters into confrontations involving many of the key political issues of our time.
Emerging from the pages of "Hulagu's Web" is a thesis that members of congress and groups of businessmen could clandestinely work together, backed by substantial funds, to corrupt the present democratic system and establish their own plutocracy. Unfortunately, the proposition is a believable scenario and as the story unfolds, some will find themselves wondering if this scenario has not already happened. "Hulagu's Web" is more than a novel of political intrigue, it questions and thoughtfully considers grave problems of our contemporary, global society.