Or maybe we'd like to preserve our incredible wilderness so that many future generations can enjoy it? without smothering everyting in spilled oil? The ammount of oil in the US is a drop in the bucket compared to what's in the ME. Even if we DID drill it, we'd use it up pretty damned quick, and it really wouldn't help lower the price of fuel and if it DID, rest assured, it'd be temporary.
Maybe what we should be doing is shudder start producing Bio-Diesel and E-82 (using ethanol made from corn, not from natural gas)! Maybe we should stop using petrolium products to produce elecetricity! Maybe we should build more wind power plants and "pebble-bed" nuclear plants, that are incredibly safe and ACTIVELY DEPLETE weapons grade uranium? Perhaps more people should ride motorcycles or drive fuel efficient cars! Perhaps more people should start thinking of good, efficient Mass Transit as a NECESSARY EXPENDITURE of their city/county budgets, and elect councilmembers that will act accordingly!
For cyring out loud - oil and other petrolium products are ONLY GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE, and NOTHING is going to stop that, not even drilling in the US. What WILL ease the pain in our pocketbooks is if we start implimenting alternative fuels - those of you who drive diesel vehicles, start with bio-diesel! It's simple, inexpensive, and if you make it yourself from used fast-food restaurant oil, if's basically FREE GAS.
I mean really. What's so freakin' hard about all this?
...sorry for the rant. I'm just so sick and tired of all these republicans with their fucking humvees and booming stock in Exxon or Shell complaining about how goddamn expensive gasoline is.