National Security Imperative: Do Not Full Stop at Stop Signs

I am in the habit of rolling through most stop signs at 4 way stops. I used to come to pretty much a full stop. But then I thought about the following.   The U.S. imported 1.2 Million barrels of oil per day from Saudi Arabia in 2009. At $70 per barrel (that may be a bit high, Saudi crude is relatively sour or heavy and so probably commands less than the price for WTI), that comes out to $84 Million per day, or about $31 Billion per year. The Saudis use some of this money to support their anti-western Wahhabist religious hate factories. These people want to kill us. They enslave their female population. It is a nasty place. This money is just from the United States. The Saudi take is much much more when you consider their exports to other countries. We and others also send massive numbers of dollars to other unsavory places like Venezuela, Russia, Nigeria, and other Middle Eastern locations. These nations are opposed to us and our way of life. It seems to me that we have an acute National Security Interest in using as little Crude and Crude products (like gasoline) as possible.

Now it is also pretty obvious that much of the gas you burn in your car is used in overcoming the inertia represented by the sizable mass of your vehicle at a full stop. So it stands to reason that if you did not come to a full stop where possible, you would use much less fuel. And if everyone did this, we could save millions of barrels of crude oil annually. Therefore we would send many fewer dollars abroad annually to people who want to kill us. It therefore seems that we should, as a matter of policy and law, treat all stop signs as slow down signs where possible.

Some may object that this would increase the number of accidents. It might. But I think people are smart enough that they will stop at intersections that pose a danger but can keep some of their momentum at intersections where there is clearly no other car or bike or pedestrian approaching. In any event, police departments could be trained not to issue rolling stop citations unless the motorist actually presented a danger to someone else.

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