China is drilling for oil in the Florida Straits--60 miles off our coast, yet the US is not allowed to do it. Here we are dependent on other countries for oil, countries whose Muslim population professes all Americans should be murdered. Just recently our own President was on his knees begging the Saudis to increase production (which was by the way--denied!), and meanwhile the cost of living just keeps going up. When I'm spending over $50 in regular unleaded to fill my 2004 Toyota Corolla, there's a huge problem. Because as cars go, this is one of the best as far as mileage!
Ninety-five percent of our oil reserves are off-limits by order of the federal government. Our economy is dependent on terrorist nations and we can't DRILL OFF OUR OWN COAST!!!
How crazy is this?
Thank you to the environmentalist whackos (and Bill Clinton who vetoed the bill allowing us to drill in ANWR as well as George Bush who refuses to sign an executive order mandating we drill in ANWR), for not exploiting our own resources. Things have changed, the technology exists which makes drilling safer and more efficient. And as to the rigs being a negative impact on tourism? You can't even SEE an oil rig from land.
Recently 4 billion barrels of oil have been discovered in the Dakota territory. It could be more like 40 billion in the end. The first new refinery in thirty years has been approved in South Dakota. Now...do you really think that oil will stay here? Not likely.