What Ever Happened to 'Drill Baby, Drill'?
What makes the pending higher gasoline prices so frustrating is that it doesn’t have to be this way. For example, we know that one area known as the Green River Formation (GRF) in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming "holds the equivalent of 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil." That's as much as America "would use in 110 years, at current consumption levels, and three times the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.” And if we consider the GRF, ANWR, and all our offshore opportunities together, our untapped reserves are "estimated at about 2.3 trillion barrels, nearly three times more than the reserves held by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and sufficient to meet 300 years of demand.”
Therefore, going without oil when so much of it lies under our feet is like sitting in a chair at the dinner table and starving ourselves to death by refusing to reach out and eat the feast set before us. It makes no sense whatsoever.
And who’s behind this lack of drilling? Are Chevron, Exxon, and that rascally Marathon Oil Corporation working together to make petroleum scarce in order to drive prices up? Nope. Instead, the usual suspects are at work here: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), along with President Obama and his interior secretary, Ken Salazar (D-CO). These people seek to hide their refusal to drill behind the mask of environmental concerns.
It was Salazar who recently halted drilling in the GRF until "stricter environmental standards” for the oil and gas companies can be implemented. “We don't believe we ought to be drilling anywhere and everywhere," Salazar told the Wall Street Journal, adding that instead, "we believe we need a balanced approach and a thoughtful approach."
By now we should know we’re in trouble when a leftie like Salazar uses the phrase “thoughtful approach” when he stops domestic drilling in the name of saving rodents on the endangered species list. At the least, we should know that our SUVs and pickup trucks are headed for extinction in an economic environment that will price many Americans out of the vehicles they own and love.
Yet I can scarcely find an elected Republican who’s calling for expanded drilling. Nor do I hear a peep out of the grassroots conservatives who, just two years ago, couldn’t quit screaming “Drill Here, Drill Now.”
Even if we take a pragmatic look at drilling, this widespread silence is crazy because this is a winning issue for conservatives and Republicans alike. Just like tax cuts, smaller government, and the Second Amendment, a renewed push for expanded domestic drilling is always a hit with free men who want to remain free.
It’s time to take up the mantra of economic independence once more and demand that our politicians lead, follow, or get out of the way, so we can “Drill Here, Drill Now.”