That makes no more sense than “you can’t drill your way out of the gas crisis.” The other mantra talking point rant is “drilling won’t bring down the price of gasoline tomorrow.” Technically, mostly true. It could take as much as 2 months. The rest of that truth is that if all of congress, senate, executive, and media said “we’re going to search out every possible source of domestic energy we can think of starting now, with an ultimate goal of total independence” we’d put the Saudis on notice and they would immediately capitulate on prices and supply.
What’s in it for Saudi Arabia if we don’t need them anymore? Nothing! For starters, they wouldn’t have us face down over their oil barrels when it comes to what we as an armed force will and won’t tolerate. For instance, we could say we won’t tolerate 19 or any number of their trained terrorists flying into any more buildings. A bigger punch is that we won’t be sending them $billions in cash, more money than we’re spending on keeping terror at bay in Iraq. I think that last one would speak louder than the terrorism point. After all, the sweet deal they struck with us to allow them to establish unlimited Islamic K-12 schools on US soil has created a potential domestic terror base we don’t want to think about. In case you’re puzzled, look up the school in Virginia our government has investigated, threatened to shut down, but won’t because (see above reference to position over oil barrel).
I had a recent conversation with a left leaner. I expressed concern for those in Nebraska who live at least 30 miles from everywhere. For a political group who is supposed to bleed for the underdog, she instead said, “They should have thought of that before they lived in Nebraska.” There’s no response to that. I had another conversation with someone who’s spent time in Europe. “So now you’re finally catching up. They pay almost $10 a gallon now.” And his point?? There’s no public transit where I live! There’s no bike trails or sidewalks! What happened to diversity??
What a grand pity that our livelihood, our commerce, the means by which our food is placed on the table is being vilified by a lie. That incomprehensible lie is that man’s use of fossil fuels and use of the resources such as renewable forestry, and of course, farts!! is ruining the planet, that people themselves (uh, God’s special creation??) are responsible. What a shame, a dangerous shame, that making every effort to remain strong and becoming oil independent has become a politically partisan issue. Thank you Algore for casting the tie breaking vote that we should burn our FOOD for fuel when it’s proven that ethanol pollutes more than gasoline, takes more effort and costs more to come to the pump. Thank you Bill Clinton for vetoing the decision to drill in ANWR in 1995. The reason was that it would take at least 13 years to see the benefit. That would be now.
So if that’s a valid argument, why go to college when it would be a good 4-8 years to see the benefits? Why make a baby when it would be a good 26 years and high costs before the child contributes to society with taxes for redistribution to welfare recipients? Why set standards for the auto industry (aren’t they private enterprise??) 10 years ahead —- oops, pardon me. That’s a good thing because it puts clamps on an evil corporation for the sake of the plaaaaanet.
LBJ punched a hole in the Social Security boat and it’s been dribbling effectively enough to leave our boat dry docked in 5 years. Two jobs, one trip to church on Sunday and another when choir resumes totals over 1800 miles a month. I won’t give up church. Do the math. We’re a matter of months away from 60. We won’t have enough to pay for traveling to see our family unless………
The people who have been blocking progress and simultaneously designing the demise of our strength as a nation listen to the people and start drilling yesterday. P.S. The current leases don’t have oil, but we’ve found more oil under North Dakota. Combined with shale, discoveries off the Florida coast, and ANWR, we have more oil than Saudi Arabia. We know how to tap it without bothering a single spotted owl or snail darter. Let’s make this a non-issue, drill, build refineries, and tell the Saudis to feel free to sell to China, Russia, and India. Oh, and by the way, don’t be sending anymore planes into our buildings or teaching kids to hate us. Thanks.