Friday, May 02, 2008
Pretty ****in' stupid
With oil hovering around $120 a barrel, the tree-hugging politicians who've stood agin' domestic oil-drilling for the past, oh, 30 years are lookin' pretty f***in' stupid right now.
If the United States had started drilling in ANWAR when that little project was first proposed, we'd be less dependent on oil from overseas right about now (and we might be makin' some money from exports, to boot).
Check out this little bit o' information from a recent Tennessee Republican Party press release (emphases theirs):
"The high price of gasoline is antagonized by a weak dollar and a swelling demand. However, there are actions that have been viable options, yet rejected over the many years. Now, the seeds planted are coming up as a harvest we don't like and can't afford.
"As President, Bill Clinton vetoed the legislation in 1995 that would have permitted drilling in a small area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area of almost 20 million of acres (almost the size of South Carolina) designated for protection with a portion identified as holding an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Had the veto pen not killed the drilling in the northern-most parts of Alaska, marketable product would be flowing to the 'the Lower 48' right now."