The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has becomes something of a four-letter word in the United States.
OPEC is evil. It intends to do us harm. We don’t want to be “dependent” on oil produced in countries that hate us.
You’ve heard the mantra. I’ve heard it, too. It all started about the time of the first Arab oil embargo in 1973.
Here, though, is a notion that ought to get some serious consideration.
Now that the United States also is a “petroleum exporting country,” why don’t we join OPEC at the conference table?
OPEC comprises a lot of nations that do hate the United States. Venezuela is one of them. Iran, too.
However, now that we’re the big dog in the fossil fuel-producing pack, it would seem to make sense that we could exert our own influence over OPEC’s decision-making as it grapples with whether to reduce or increase production in an effort to control worldwide fuel prices.
Through a series of on-going efforts, Americans have eliminated this country’s dependence on imported oil. We’re now on the verge of becoming No. 1 in the world. We’ve overtaken Russia and Saudi Arabia. We’ve developed more renewable energy sources, helping increase the glut of petroleum on the world market.
OPEC, though, keeps meeting and deciding how much — or how little — oil to produce.
Isn’t it time the United States of America join OPEC? For that matter, we ought to bring our oil-rich allies in Canada and Mexico into the organization with us — providing, of course, that they’d be willing. We no longer need to curse the organization.