Today the House approvedÂ the domestic drilling
of oil.Â [image:325:r:l=x]Â Unleash the surveying hounds from Oil Hell!Â Scour the hemisphere from Maine to Alaska and requisition the biggest, blackest, crudest oil deposits known to man; caribou and birds be damned!Â
While we could never sustain our own demand domestically it still makes sense to help supplement it with our own resources.
I applaud the House for passing this bill.Â It’s definitely a step in the right direction as far as weaning ourselves off the middle-eastern teat and becoming self-sufficient.
The sad part is that every time the House has approved a bill the Senate shuts it down.Â
“We need to develop energy, here at home. … We can’t say no to everything,” declared Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif.
was one of them.Â He argued that the oil would only sustain the United States demand for 6 months.Â He wasÂ right; if ANWR became became our only resource for crude oil and gas.Â Clearly it wouldn’t and therefore his argument was stupid, illogical and misleading.
There’s an estimated 5-15 billion barrels of oil in ANWR alone
.Â In reality the Alaskan PipelineÂ would take 25 years to move that much oil.Â Considering the Alaskan Pipeline accounts for almost 20% of our annual oil production it doesn’t seem like such bad idea now does it?