American Elephants

Let’s get real. Drill. by The Elephant's Child

ANWR coastal plain

If you believe, as I do, that the price of gasoline at the pump is high largely because the Democrats in Congress have for decades refused to allow us to drill for our own oil reserves; you must let Congress know how you feel. A good percentage of members of Congress do not buy their own gas, or their own groceries, and have no appreciation for the pressures on the family budget.

Contact your representatives and senators by going to: or, click on representatives or senators, and you can find them by clicking on your state. Be polite, but firm. You have no idea how many excuses they can come up with. They need to hear from you. Write, call, e-mail. If you think that a congress that cannot even manage their own dining room can run refineries, you are really living in cloud cuckoo land.

The Democrats are deeply in debt to the environmental organizations, and pressured to do their bidding. There are no viable environmental ideas to avoid drilling. Rigs on the outer continental shelf cannot be seen from the beach. Fish love the drilling platforms as catch around the Louisiana rigs attests. The area of ANWR where they want to drill is not a “pristine wilderness”, but mosquito-laden mudflats. Go to Google Images, and enter ANWR coastal plain ( be sure to include “coastal plain” which is where they want to drill, not the beautiful part of the wildlife reserve) and investigate for yourself. The caribou love the pipeline from Prudhoe, for they can rub up against the supports and scratch. The drilling area is the size of an airport in an area the size of South Carolina, and would see activity only in the winter when wildlife is absent.

Above all, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is not the cause of global warming, and there isn’t really any reason to restrict it. If it increases, it makes plants grow faster, and is a good thing.

Remember that the planet has not warmed in the last decade — at all. In the past five years, it has cooled. Nobody knows what this means for the future, but if we are in for a real period of cooling, which is possible, we are going to need more energy, and not just for our SUVs.


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No one is buying your empty rhetoric anymore.
Not when output is only at 85% and consumption is down 12% from last year.
Not when oil companies aren’t even bothering to drill in the millions of acres of land they are already leasing.
Not when the Enron Loophole is the sole reason prices have skyrocketed.
Enough with the conservation nonsense, already. This is about money – plain and simple.


Comment by Kurt

You have the Democrat talking points down pat. Unfortunately it’s your facts that are off. Direct from Nancy Pelosi’s lying lips.

According to Investors Business Daily, 75% of Democrats, 83% of Independents and 85% of Republicans believe the United States should use more of its own domestic energy reserves. So I guess they do buy my empty rhetoric.

When oil companies spend big money leasing land, they are buying access to a great deal of territory, much of which has no oil or gas underground. They have to spend much more money trying to find just where the energy is, as they find their way through a maze of environmental rules that Congress has imposed and attacks from green extremists. 94% of federal onshore lands remain off limits and 97% of offshore areas are off-limits to oil exploration for the only reason that Democrats in Congress owe environmental extremists for campaign contributions and support.

The so-called “Enron Loophole” is not the only reason oil prices are high. Certainly adding more transparency to the commodities market is a good thing, because nobody knows how much speculation is adding to the price of oil. Many investment funds have shifted to commodities in response to an unsettled stock market — perhaps even your union or retirement funds. Supply has not increased, but demand has. The Chinese and Indians are using much more oil. Terrorist activity in the Middle East adds to higher prices. The fact that China and Cuba are drilling off our coast should make any American uncomfortable.

Certainly demand in the US is down slightly in response to high prices. But needs are not going to be filled by wishful thinking and fantasies of an economy powered by wind and solar and tides. It isn’t going to happen in the foreseeable future, if ever. Everything you eat, wear, use and enjoy at home or at work is delivered by petroleum power.


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