Can someone please tell me why we are not drilling in Anwar, Alaska? Oil just hit $103.95 a barrel yesterday. And OPEC announced today they don’t see any need to increase production, which would lower costs. That hurts everyone. But it hurts the lower middle class and poor the worse. But our politicians, especially Democrats out of fear of the extreme environmentalists, continue to argue that Anwar is off limits. Even our presumptive Republican nominee John McCain made comments about the pristine setting. You have got to be kidding.
I doubt the average Joe is too concerned about the “pristine setting”. This illustrates the disconnect between the voters and our elected leaders in Washington. The first is worried about having enough money to fill up his gas tank to get to work. The latter is worried about the “pristine setting”. Voters have a way of refocusing priorities.
Look, I am not anti-environment. There is no question that we need a long-term clean energy development plan. We’ve got the technology to extract this oil with minimal disturbance to the surroundings. We should do it.
These high oil prices are contributing to our ailing economy. And as oil gets higher, it will be harder for us to get out of this mess. Not to mention the fact that when we buy oil from the Middle East, we are funding the other side of the War on Terror. It’s crazy!
Local, State and Federal representatives in Alaska want the drilling. The local residents want the drilling. Only a small area will be used and it will have a dramatic impact on the local economy. Lets get the oil in an environmentally friendly way and be on our way towards energy independence. It’s time.