Congressman William E. Dannemeyer
1105 E. Commonwealth, Box 13
Fullerton, CA  92831
Tel: 714-871-4318   Fax: 714-871-4221





          One of the absolute undisturable convictions of the political left in American politics is that what you see anywhere in Mother Earth is all there will ever be so you never allow it to be disturbed by the current generation and consumed.


          California is currently in the tentacles of three elected officials who give life to this heresy; Governor Jerry Brown, Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.  Governor Brown is currently using his political office to convince the U.S. Government and elected persons in the State of California that his would be legacy – the train to nowhere – must be built.  The actual cost of this boondoggle is not even a factor to be considered.  Just build it so Jerry can in his mind, top the political legacy of his father, Governor Pat Brown, who put together the California Water project that moved surplus water from the north to the southern part of this Golden State.  Jerry’s major problem is that the U.S. Government and the State of California are bankrupt.  “Statesmen” in public life concern themselves with cost.  “Politicians” ignore cost – just build the unneeded project and dazzle the citizens of California with fluff.


          Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is chairman of the subcommittee on energy and water.   These two Senators know that so long as the U.S. Senate has a majority of 51 Democrats to 49 Republicans, no exploration or drilling will take place in the 12 mile zone of coastal waters.


          Mr. Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming at the Competitive Enterprise Institute has identified these three California political leaders blocking any exploration and drilling of oil off the California coast.


          The consequence of this is to kill the economy of the State of California.


          Mr. Ebell has stated where we are.  “All you have to do is go a few miles offshore, some geologists think it is one of the biggest oil fields in the world.”  California could boom like Texas.  Nobody knows for sure and drilling will prove the extent of what is there, but suppose another 10 million barrels of oil a month could be pumped.  The price of the Texas tea has soared to $104 a barrel as of April 3.  That would generate about $1 billion in royalties a month, or $12 billion a year.  Some of that money would go to the cost of paying workers, tankers, etc.  (which also pay taxes).  But the state still would make a net profit of around $10 billion a year.


          Remember that figure the next time Gov. Jerry Brown calls for increasing taxes by $9 billion a year with his November ballot initiative.


          The California Energy Commission pegs imports at 48 percent of oil used here.


          All over America, oil seems to be almost squirting out of the faucets.  New oil and natural gas fields are being discovered and drilled or fracked, generating thousands of new jobs for local people.  The gushers also have cut America dependence on tenuous foreign supplies.


          Not in California.  Since February 2006, oil production in the state actually has dropped to 17.5 million barrels a month from 18.5 million barrels.


          Texas’ monthly oil production, meanwhile, rose to 49.2 million barrels from 31.1 million.  And North Dakota’s remarkable Bakken oil fields have soared to producing 16.6 million barrels a month, from about 3.3 million a year earlier.  North Dakota soon is expected to surpass California as the nation’s third-largest producer of oil.


          About half of Alaskan oil is sent to California refineries.  But according to the Los Angeles Times, oil production there has dropped “from more than 50 million barrels a month to about 39 million barrels a month during the same period.


          “Part of the intentional destruction of the California economy is raising energy prices,” says Myron.  “You have the highest gas prices of any state outside Hawaii.  Now you don’t want to drill offshore and are running out of Alaskan oil.  You’re well on your way to killing your economy.”


          He said that the first thing California politicians should do is to work for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in the northeast corner of Alaska, to “refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which currently is running at below 50 percent of capacity.  But your senators and representatives in the House won’t vote for that.”  He pointed to the obstructionism of Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.


          What the American people don’t know is that the dominant controlling ethic of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada is to get re-elected.  Responding to the energy crisis in America by developing our oil and natural gas resources and reduce and eliminate our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas is not on his agenda.


          Genesis 1:28 contains the directive that God gave to mankind at Creation:


“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”


          When the political leadership of California intentionally fails to develop a proven source of oil it results in two consequences:


          (1)     Moves the US and California away from energy independence; and


          (2)     Moves California and the US along the road to killing our economy.



William E. Dannemeyer

Member of the House of Representatives, 1979 – 1992

Former Member, Energy Subcommittee







          My thanks to Mr. Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Orange County Register in their article on April 5, 2012 for a good portion of the data contained in my article.